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Pivot wins Best in Category at IxDA Awards

Pivot wins Best in Category at IxDA Awards

We’re very happy to have received the Best in Category Award, Empowering, at the IxDA 2014 Interaction Awards! The judges’ chose Pivot because they felt the project “is a very simple and beautiful solution to a very difficult problem” and was impressive by its use of limited technology. They continued to say “It also changed...
Producing the first run of Pivot

Producing the first run of Pivot

Thanks to the Design Ignites Change award, we’re able to produce a pilot run of Pivot, our project aimed at discreetly empowering human trafficking victims. The final inserts were printed on water-soluble paper by Girlie Press in Seattle. The folks at Girlie Press have been enthusiastic about this project from the beginning. We’re very grateful...
Creating visibility for socially responsive design

Creating visibility for socially responsive design

To explain the development of the anti-human trafficking project, we’re creating a video that explains some background about human trafficking and Public Practice Studio’s involvement with the issue. This week we’ve been developing the storyboard and early footage for the video. Our intention is that the video will encourage designers who are interested in using...
Developing nonverbal communication

Developing nonverbal communication

After receiving varying feedback from WashACT partners, we’re continuing to develop the nonverbal messaging of the insert. We’ve been working on messaging that tells a person’s story through a combination of comic-book-like illustrations and symbols. Last week we surveyed random people to gauge the effectiveness of the illustrations and icons with people with no knowledge...
Meeting with WashACT

Meeting with WashACT

Yesterday, we attended WashACTs quarterly meeting. WashACT (short for Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking) is a multi-disciplinary taskforce created by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. The committee’s goals include serving victims of human trafficking and investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of human trafficking. In attendance at the meeting were individuals from...
Production and communication design update

Production and communication design update

This week we’re continuing to develop the messaging accompanying the pad. How do you convey to someone who might not read English and might not realize the situation she is in is illegal that she can get help? We’re considering photography, illustrations, international-style icons, and text. One the production side, we have a promising contact...
Connecting with partners

Connecting with partners

In the first four weeks of the project, we’ve met with our partners at WARN to define our goals and to discuss messaging and distribution, contacted feminine pad producers, begun early designs of the product insert and concepts for the product itself, and researched possible media outlets and grants. WARN has asked their partners in...
Moving forward with AHT

Moving forward with AHT

In the spring of 2012, the Public Practice Studio began to explore how design could be used in the fight against human trafficking. After ten weeks of research and conversations with members of the anti-human trafficking (AHT) community, we proposed several concepts that addressed various aspects of this complex problem: the demand for forced labor...
GhostWorks Studio @ TwispWorks

GhostWorks Studio @ TwispWorks

Join the GhostWorks Studio in Twisp, WA for an on-site presentation and critique on Saturday, June 2. Student teams will install their projects somewhere on Twispworks’ campus, and will be available for discussion with the community. The festivities will begin around 4pm, and will continue into the evening. Refreshments will be served. A preview of...
Anti-Trafficking Presentation May 30

Anti-Trafficking Presentation May 30

This spring, the Studio has been focusing on human trafficking in Washington State. Through consultation with members of Washington’s anti-trafficking community, we are developing proposals to help victims, aid organizations, and law enforcement response. Please join us for an in-progress presentation of our work on Wednesday, May 30 at noon in ART 236 on the...
GhostWorks public presentation

GhostWorks public presentation

Students in the GhostWorks Studio will present their work on Monday, May 21 from 2:30 – 5:30 PM in Gould Court.

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