Click on the School of Life blog link on my blogs list (theschooloflife.typepad.com) and you can read Alice Rawsthorn's Call to Arms for young designers where she states that there are 6.5 billion people on the planet, 90% of them cant afford basic products and services. Half, nearly 3 billion, dont have regular access to food, shelter or clean water. Yet whenever we read, or talk, about design its invariably about something that's intended to be sold to one of the privileged minorty- the richest 10%.
And so she writes ...and provokes us to think. She celebrates that so many young designers are addressing that need rather than automatically continuing to design products that will probably end up in landfill before long. I read somewhere the other ay that London's landfill would be all used up in 3 or 4 years time. No wonder aware young designers are thinking hard!