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Posted By Sarah Rich On August 10, 2005 @ 6:02 am In Art,Design,Green Design Competitions,Green Home decor | 1 Comment

String Me Along Postcards

Sponge [1], the sustainable development and design network for students and young professionals, has just announced the winners for their international “Sustainable Lifestyles” postcard design competition. The competition was inspired by their successful bid for environmental action funding from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) [2]. To celebrate the achievement, Sponge [1] challenged designers of all ilks to create a set of four four-color, single-sided postcards which would serve as business cards, announcements and fliers for the organization.

The winners are Dave Chiu and Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, a pair of Masters students in Interaction Design at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea [3] in Italy. Their card set, entitled String Me Along, offers a “how-to” guide to leading a more sustainable life. The postcards function as a marketing tool for Sponge, but also embody sustainability through re-use as a mobile (see photo below). Each card has a simple list of things you can do, like using a travel mug or writing on both sides of your paper. By stringing the cards together in a mobile, you create an “interactive, visual, public reminder of your contribution towards sustainability.”

www.spongenet.org [1]
Dave Chiu [4]
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino [5]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Sponge: http://www.spongenet.org

[2] UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA): http://www.defra.gov.uk

[3] Interaction Design Institute Ivrea: http://www.interaction-ivrea.it/en/

[4] Dave Chiu: http://portfolio.d4v3.net/sponge.php

[5] Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino: http://people.interaction-ivrea.it/a.sonsino/

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