The Designer Fund

Curator: Jenny Lam
date: June 26, 2013
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: community, design entrepreneur, entrepreneurship

The Designer Fund is an angel fund based in San Francisco that invests in design founders through community, mentorship and funding. Their mission is to invest in designers who create businesses with positive social impact.

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Reinventing Healthcare: Novant Health

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 10, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Corporate Communications Design, Environmental Design, Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: collaboration, Communication Design, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, Environmental Design, experience design, graphic design, health branding, healthcare, hospital design, marketing, Service Design, social design, social responsibility, systems thinking, The Living Principles
Novant Health is a network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that serves the states of North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. They have a vision to reinvent healthcare and transform the patient experience. Novant Health worked with New York–based firm Prophet to help develop a new strategy and brand that reflect their series of transformations in the healthcare field.
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Data That Moves You: Sparkwise

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 9, 2013
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: branding, collaboration, community, culture, Data, data visualization, Design, Design Thinking, experience design, innovation, interaction design, metrics, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, systems thinking, The Living Principles
To be relevant and successful as an organization, social venture or nonprofit in the ongoing landscape of massive amounts of data, there is a huge need on how to manage that data and measure it. That’s where Sparkwise comes in. Designed and developed by Tomorrow Partners, “Sparkwise is a cloud-based dashboard tool for measuring and evaluating the impact of civic engagement, public media, business and social change initiatives.”
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Give A Shave: Harry’s

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 8, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Packaging Design, Typography
Tags: art of shaving, branding, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, Environment, giving back, industrial design, innovation, Packaging, paperboard, product design, razors, shaving, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, The Living Principles
I was listening to NPR when I heard about Warby Parker co-founder Jeffrey Raider launching his second startup, called Harry’s. Since Warby Parker has been a model of doing good and being socially responsible, I was eager to hear more about Harry’s. During the interview, Mr. Raider spoke about paying over $20 for a small pack of razors and questioned why an everyday product should cost so much. From there, Harry’s was born. The company designs, manufactures and distributes its products itself, essentially creating its own unique supply chain. By doing this, the company is able to offer a higher-quality product at a lower price.
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Cook. Charge. Go.: BioLite

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 7, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Packaging Design
Tags: biolite, branding, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, energy, Environment, industrial design, innovation, Packaging, product design, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, The Living Principles
An innovative business that converts waste heat into electricity—and integrates environment, people, economy and culture from The Living Principles for Design framework—is BioLite.

BioLite, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, was founded by Jonathan Cedar and Alex Drummond and has received numerous awards for their innovative CampStove. What’s so great about it? Well, it turns heat from fire into electric energy and can charge cellphones and LED lights. I am surprised no one had thought of this sooner, but it’s pure genius.


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