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Find a Problem, Design a Solution

Adele Peters

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Design isn't just for designers. All of us can start to find creative solutions to the challenges around us—whether it's making our job better, or redesigning a local park, or brainstorming ways to attack major challenges like climate change. Start looking around for the problems that bother you most. Don't know where to start with design? On our design hub, we post regularly about people who have used design to tackle problems in their lives and in their communities. How about you? Tell us about your favorite design hacks below.

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  • Rick Brooks

    Thousands of Little Free Libraries around the world are taking all kinds of form and styles. Creativity is highly valued. Design, carpentry and even engineering skills can make a big difference. Take a look at the links to Pinterest and Flickr on http://www.littlefreelibrary.org or check Little Free Library and the Neighborhood Library Builders Guild on Facebook. We could use some help with plans, drawings and instructions for building Little Libraries for interior and exterior use...and fun! Can you use Sketch Up or similar software? Got some breakthrough Little Free Library design ideas? Contact us.

  • Rita Bouchard

    My students wanted their learning space to be more inspiring. Together, we used the Design Toolkit for Educators http://designthinkingforeducators.com/ and collaborated to choose main elements they wanted to see in the classroom - Free! So far, parents have donated supplies and time and we have constructed a stage and a pallet bench with more to come!

  • Kristen Hess

    Look at all these wonderful design solutions people are posting. Fantastic ! My dad and I helped develop a compost bin that makes kitchen composting easy, clean and odor-free. http://kck.st/19wiB9M It was designed for hesitant, frustrated, would-be composters to boost participation in food waste recycling!

  • Zak Solomon

    I have been working with my team for over a year at this point to create an easy-to-use system designed to educate and empower consumers while also helping them mitigate risks when it comes to eating food anywhere in the world. We've finally finished our base testing product and will soon be looking for users to give feedback as a reward for free membership. I'll be posting the solicitation for users to sign up, along with a coupon soon on GOOD, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, feel free to check us out, we are Food Sentry! (http://www.foodsentry.org)

  • Jessica Morse

    ThinkImpact uses a unique innovation process that is grounded in design to seize opportunity for growth in rural Africa and beyond. Young people who are interested in engaging in our work should check out our programs and process here:

    http://www.thinkimpact.com/institute/

  • Shahidan Izham

    I've find a problems in my day to day job - young engineers ability to pickup with knowledge the demanding work scope, a solution: a sharing videos blog for everyone to post,learn and relearn
    http://gooseplatform.tumblr.com/
    But something is lacking and a I need a good feedback from anyone :)