Fast Company have revealed their 2014 shortlist of intelligent design solutions that have transformed our everyday lives through design. You can see the full list here, and we picked out some of our favourite mind-blowing innovations:
Innovations in the office have been explored by LEED who have created the ‘Dynamic Plaque’ – an interactive system that measures how much water and energy a building is consuming, how well they recycle, and how happy workers are – allowing managers to understand and make changes to improve each individual building.
Another community-conscious design was engineered by FCB advertising agency in partnership with a local Peruvian tech college. They created a billboard that absorbs moisture from the air, then filtering it and sending it to a local reservoir, creating a source of clean water for the locals.
Finally, a simple idea to improve sanitation – instead of implementing a whole new toilet system across the world, American Standard created a more affordable solution that uses design to improve the system already in place. The ‘Safe Toilet’ is a trapdoor toilet pan that ‘costs just $1.50 and seals off access to pit latrines, preventing disease-carrying flies from getting in and out.’
Overall – all inspiring, people-orientated innovations, that showcase how design really can change the world for the better.
Sources: Fast Company, LEED, Techland, PR Newswire