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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolis Books; 1 Original edition (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933045957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933045955
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dave Asheim on August 28, 2009
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OK, I am biased. I am a strong advocate of using interesting designs in all aspects of our daily lives. And this book provides a framework, a wonderful narrative and fantastic images of products that you can instantly tell not only are great designs but can change the lives of the people who use them. Ms. Pilloton has captured the passion that great designers put into their work, in writing her first book. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kramer on April 27, 2010
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Fantastic. I loved this book. The whole concept of designing products that will empower people, many made from locally available materials and not harmful to the environment is a joy and so needed. I know I am not alone in roaming the aisles of the grocery store in frustration while trying to find a basic product amidst the exploding varieties and variation of that product.

The essays in the Introduction were fascinating and each page of the products displayed such innovative thinking.

Some products I was familiar with, such as the Oxo Good Grips and the Free Rice online vocabulary charity site. I loved learning about the Hippo Wate Roller, the Adiri Natural Nurser Ultimate Baby Bottle and Calfee Bamboo Bike.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Bean on January 22, 2010
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I watched Emily Pilloton on the Colbert Report and had to order this book immediately. I don't buy very many books but bought it for two reasons. One reason is that I am a retired design engineer and I am interested in these designs that empower people. The other reason is that I had to support this young woman who has done more good for the world than most people do in a lifetime. Any review of this effort less than five stars is pathetic. People should look in a mirror before they open their mouth.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Weber on November 23, 2009
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Design Revolution crosses sectors, continents and industries to bring engaging and inspiring case studies to the forefront of design. It's a great compilation and supports a fantastic cause!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DRILLIANT on November 4, 2009
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solid perspective and thinking that can inform efforts upstream in prod dev, user experience, consumer branding, & social media integration
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The selection of inspirational innovations in this book is great. The layout of one or two pages per project with large images is very digestible. Works great as a supplemental textbook for an innovation course, or as a coffee table book that is guaranteed to start interesting conversations.
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By joy on June 29, 2015
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Every classroom should have a copy of this book, it is so inspiring and my students love it because it makes them think about how to invent tools that help the world be a better place. I am glad I bought this book.
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