Congratulations to our partner T4T for winning second place from among 800 entrants for Siemens Stiftung’s Empowering People Award. “MakaPads are sanitary pads made from papyrus and paper waste. The naturally absorbent material has a high capacity (one pad can be used for 8 to 10 hours). Contrary to most other sanitary pads […]
BaoDesignLab’s novel use of paper as a manufacturing material and the need for patience when designing for the social sector is discussed on graphicdesign.com: [excerpt] “Ideas need to matter to the people and communities who are supposed to benefit from them. If those ideas are conceived by designers in isolation from those parties, they will […]
BaoDesignLab founder and designer Linda Pulik and partner Moses Musaazi of T4T describe our design process, exemplified by Project Dose, a simple system enabling health care professionals and parents in developing countries to safely and reliably administer medication to children. Project Dose has been generously supported by Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program.
A critical component of Project Dose is building capacity amongst female entrepreneurs who will eventually manage most aspects of the project. To that end, we’ve designed an educational aid to be used by women during educational seminars with mothers at Ugandan hospitals. The tool is an interactive vinyl banner that communicates the importance of administering […]
BaoDesignLab and Wayne State University’s Siobhan Gregory to present the development of a revised design research methodology for the social sector at the Institute of Design’s Design Research Conference. The 2013 Design Research Conference: Exploring Creative Balance in Design The Design Research Conference (DRC), organized by graduate students at the IIT Institute of Design in […]
BaoDesignLab and T4T are working on building molded fiber manufacturing capacity in Uganda.
BaoDesignLab created an educational comic to help pediatrician Dr. Craig Garfield in his work with Aschiana Foundation and American Medical Relief Overseas to bring silver mylar emergency blankets to refugee camps in the mountains of Kabul, Afghanistan. During the unusually cold winter of 2012, children were freezing to death as they slept due to a […]
BaoDesignLab moderated a 3-month-long online discussion about the present and future of design in the world’s two most populous countries – India and China – and the effect of Asia’s economic rise on design the world over. An edited version of the discussion was published in the University of Minnesota’s THERE Journal of Design. An […]
Students in IIT’s IPRO program were guided by BaoDesignLab’s Linda Pulik in building a mobile operating room and lighting systems designed to be used in areas that have just experienced a natural disaster. Both were designed to be portable, modular, cost-effective, energy-efficient, easily incorporated into a sterile environment and deployed quickly to treat injured victims […]
Bao Design Lab is part of a global creative innovation network collaborating with local experts on social innovation design projects. Such innovation networks are transforming product and service development for Base of the Pyramid markets. Presented at the Third Subsistence Marketplaces Conference. Chicago, July 2010.
Bao Design Lab was awarded an Ideas that Matter grant by Sappi Fine Paper North America for Project Dose. This design project addresses the health risks to sick children in developing countries who are often improperly medicated once they leave the hospital, due to inaccurate tablet splitting. Our design, developed with Ugandan partners T4T, provides […]
Brick kilns are an important source of income and building materials and a feature of the Ugandan landscape. Brick kilns are a fixture of much of the sub-Saharan landscape. Brick making provides employment in the region’s rapidly developing economies and burgeoning populations requiring housing. One drawback of traditional brick making technology is its reliance on […]
Child’s play: locally designed and kid-crafted toys, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Bunyoni, Uganda and refugee camp in Grand Gede, Liberia