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Design by and for the People

Robert Phillips


Manual and manifesto, an inspiration and a call-to-arms, this rich and timely survey presents over 60 innovative, socially and environmentally conscious design projects changing the world for the better

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Improving lives is no longer the role only of governments and experts: enabled by the latest technologies, anyone can help to design and create products for the social and environmental good. Part manual, part manifesto, part call-to-arms, Futurekind presents more than 60 world-changing projects that, through a process of collaboration between communities and designers, are shaping a better future for us all.


'Emphasises the importance of creativity and collaboration in driving design forward … These projects prove that we can all become active participants and change-makers, no matter the scale or budget'

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Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 25.5 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 900

Publication date: 16 May 2019

ISBN: 9780500519790

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Civic Empowerment • 2. Health • 3. Environment + Sustainability 4. Accessible Design • 5. Education • 6. Economic Empowerment • 7. Access to Knowledge • 8. Community Engagement

About the Author

Rob Phillips is an award-winning product designer and a senior tutor on the Design Products Course at the Royal College of Art. His research into open design and citizen science has resulted in internationally taught methods at MIT, Goldsmiths, Cornell and the BBC.

List of Contributors

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