Friday, August 11, 2006

DESIGN 21: Social Design Network

In conjunction with UNESCO, Felissimo is developing a new online project called the DESIGN 21: Social Design Network which will launch next month.

We envision a world in which design becomes more than aesthetically-pleasing, it becomes true beauty: a tool for changing the ways in which we live. This is a unique form of design—Social Design—design that contributes to the betterment of the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants.

The DESIGN 21: Social Design Network™ answers the call for hope: to love, to care for, and unite with one another and become more socially responsible beings through the implementation of smarter design. Our mission is to build a world of awareness and involvement, where good design is an integral part of everything we do – from designing a product or a city to designing a self-sufficient community and sustainable resource structures.

Design 21 is a unique online community where designers, socially-conscious individuals, governments, businesses and non-profit organizations can address social problems and create smart solutions through good design. To pre-launch the project a competition is being held to design the official logo of the Social Design Network - the prize is $5,000. The competition is open to all designers around the world. Simply become a member to enter (membership is free and degree of participation is entirely up to the user).

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