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New project: Shelterwear

New project: Shelterwear

We’re back after a long hiatus with Shelterwear, the PPS’ latest project. Created by Tad Hirsch and Mae Boettcher, Shelterwear transforms surplus construction materials into functional raingear that will be distributed for free to people experiencing homelessness. See the project page for more info.
TXTmob and Twitter: A Reply to Nick Bilton

TXTmob and Twitter: A Reply to Nick Bilton

Nick Bilton’s October 13 New York Times Magazine story, “All’s Fair in Love and Twitter,” describes the heady, early days of Twitter. The article begins with Jack Dorsey sitting atop a slide in a “rinky dink” Silicon Valley playground sometime in 2006, expounding his vision of a microblogging platform to a handful of Silicon Valley...
Indiegogo Campaign

Indiegogo Campaign

To celebrate the IDSA Gold prize, we’ve launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to make the Pivot project a reality. Our goal is to produce and distribute 20,000 pads (or more!) to anti-human trafficking groups by the end of the year. Please help spread the word!
Pivot takes IDSA Gold

Pivot takes IDSA Gold

The Pivot project was awarded a Gold IDEA award by the Industrial Designers Society of America! Congratulations to the team!
Pivot on KOMO TV

Pivot on KOMO TV

The Pivot project was featured on KOMO TV last night. Congratulations to Melanie for doing such an awesome interview!
Pads are in!

Pads are in!

Earlier this month, we took shipment of 1,000 pads produced for the Pivot project. These have been delivered to the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN), who in turn are distributing them to anti-trafficking organizations across the state. We’re very excited to reach this milestone, and will soon begin fundraising efforts for a full production run...

Thanks for the support!

We have our first benefactor! Many thanks to Gini Clayton, UW class of 1969 for her generous gift! If anyone else is interested in donating to the Public Practice Studio, you may do so via the UW Foundation website. The process is a little bit complicated. You have to specify the “Design Division Discretionary Fund.”...
Pivot featured in Perspectives

Pivot featured in Perspectives

The April issue of Perspectives, UW’s College of Arts and Sciences’ online magazine, has a nice piece about the Pivot project. Thanks to Nancy for writing it, and to Kari and Josh for providing memorable quotes!
Housing Checkup featured in The Atlantic Cities

Housing Checkup featured in The Atlantic Cities

The Atlantic Cities blog just featured “Housing Checkup,” a new project that the PPS (with several others) submitted to the current Knight News Challenge. The results of the competition haven’t been determined yet, but we have to think that this is a good sign. Housing Checkup is #8 in the article. Housing Checkup aims to make...
Pivot takes top honors at Idea Awards

Pivot takes top honors at Idea Awards

The 2013 Design Ignites Change Idea Awards have just been announced, and we’re tickled pink to learn that the Pivot project was awarded Grand Prize! Many thanks to the judges, and congratulations to the team!  
Mudede on Yesler Terrace

Mudede on Yesler Terrace

Check out Charles Mudede’s moving requiem to Yesler Terrace, just posted on The Stranger’s website. And, many thanks to Charles for mentioning IE#1 in his reflections.
IE in Arcade Magazine

IE in Arcade Magazine

 The new issue of Arcade Magazine is out, and features a nice spread on Intangible Effects no. 1. Thanks to Kevin at Rollerhaus for amazing photography!

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