Gallery: VIDEO: Project H Design Launches New Education Initiative

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If you’ve been a fan of Inhabitat for awhile, you may have noticed our love for the humanitarian design non-profit Project H Design. Founded by former Inhabitat Managing Editor Emily Pilloton, Project H Design seeks to help designers use their unique skills to tackle the world’s greatest humanitarian problems. Today’s video is the first in a series of five videos — coming to you for the next five weeks in a row — about our favorite non-profits that use design to make the world a better place. Project H has been spreading good design everywhere from rural South Africa to the playgrounds of New York City. Learn more about their great work by watching our interview with Emily Pilloton above.


Emily founded Project H two years ago. She comes from a background in design — she was trained in architecture at UC Berkeley and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and found herself quickly dissatisfied with the conventional design world. So she founded Project H to give designers an outlet for need-based design. Project H is now not only involved in huge humanitarian efforts, but they are creating amazing innovations along the way.

The first task the non-profit tackled was the redesign of the Hippo Roller — which we’ve of course covered here — then they moved on to Emily’s own invention, the Learning Landscape. They’ve now taken their ideas for educational design one step further, as Emily tells us in the video above. We have high hopes for their future projects and can’t wait to check back in with them soon. Watch Emily’s video above, and check back next Friday for another amazing design-for-good non-profit!

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  1. Rebecca Paul June 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Emily ability to inspire others and actually affect change is an amazing talent, and we should all be thankful for her commitment and hard-work.

  2. greenrainbow May 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Wow. It is amazing to see what a little “alternative” education can do for kids. I love this idea! Great job Project H, keep up the amazing work!

  3. Diane Pham May 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    this is such a wonderful organization! i love seeing designs that give back to the community and really try to change lives!

  4. haily May 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Emily and Project H just prove that good design can indeed change the world. Design isn’t just about creating beautiful objects, but it’s about solving problems – big whopping world-threatening problems at that. Project H does amazing work.

  5. design4Good May 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Emily Pilloton is a rock star! This video is so inspiring, its amazing to see what one single person can achieve with idealism and persistence

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