Pivot: A Tool to Empower Human Trafficking Victims
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...
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...
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!
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...
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!  
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...

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