Project H Takes the Design Revolution on the Road Next Week

Jan 29, 2010, 10:55 ET from Project H Design

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Project H's home office has been gutted and reborn as a mobile exhibition and next week, Emily Pilloton begins her Design Revolution Road Show across the country in a vintage Airstream promoting design for social change. The mission: 25 schools, 6300 miles, 75 days, 1 mobile trailer exhibition and 40 products to change the world. Next week stops include Redwood High School in Larkspur, and CCA in SF, with the official 'launch' on Thursday, February 4, 2010 in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University in the parking lot at 601 Brannan.  

As some creative professionals and designers have begun to rethink their traditional consumer-based practices, prioritizing design as a tool for problem-solving and social action, San Francisco-based design nonprofit Project H Design is taking design for the greater good on the road. 

Starting next week through April 2010, the Design Revolution Road Show will bring a lecture series and traveling exhibition of "design that empowers people" to 25 design universities and high schools across the US. A Project H Design initiative, the Road Show will feature an Airstream trailer exhibition of 40 humanitarian design solutions that have been showcased in the book Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, written by Project H founder Emily Pilloton. The products range from homemade water filters made in the developing world to user-friendly blood glucose monitors for a retail market, mobility tools for the elderly, and educational toys for mentally challenged children. Each product is an example of how design can enable and improve life, rather than simply take up space as a commodity or accessory. 

The 25 schools include design universities and high schools. By bringing the Design Revolution Road Show to students, rather than professionals, Project H hopes to make a stronger connection between education and design, both as provocative and socially relevant subject matter and as a way to learn and teach problem solving through design thinking and creativity. 

The Design Revolution Road Show's programming will bring the evidence of and tools for design for social impact to the doorsteps of students, with the ultimate goal of enabling and empowering the next generation of creative problem-solvers to apply their skills to the world's most pressing problems and improve life on a global scale.  

"We believe design can change the world, and we're taking the show on the road," say Project H founder Emily Pilloton and project manager Matthew Miller, who will be behind the wheel for the duration of the tour. 

The Design Revolution Road Show is a Project H Design initiative and has been made possible through the support of the Adobe Foundation, Sappi Paper's Ideas That Matter Grant Program, and C2 LLC (Creative Capital). 

For more information, visit the website for a full itinerary of the tour stops, along with information on the products featured in the exhibition: For more information on Project H, visit:

Schedule of School Stops Week 1

About Project H Design 

Project H Design connects the power of design to the people who need it most, and the places where they can make a real and lasting difference. Project H is a coalition of designers around the world, working collectively to engage locally with nonprofit and community clients and partners. Its five-point design process (There is no design without action; We design WITH, not FOR; We document, share and measure; We start locally and scale globally, We design systems, not stuff) results in simple and effective design solutions for those without access to creative capital. Run entirely by volunteer designers, its ongoing initiatives are primarily focused on improving environments, services, products, and experiences for youth and education in the US. 

Project H is a California-based tax exempt 501c3 nonprofit, established January 8, 2008. 

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