The M21D study collection investigates design that positively impacts society and the environment. We operate on a generous definition of design — everything from web interfaces to strategies for social activism fits within our definition of design.
Breast Cancer Educational Campaign
In 2016, the Swedish Cancer Society produced a video to help people learn how to do breast exams on their own. The campaign resulted in an online debate that reveals the pervasive sexualization of bodies and breast cancer along with the flexibility and usefulness of formal abstraction.
GreenWave 3D Ocean Farm
Climate change's impacts on the oceans isn't limited to melting ice shields; the ocean's rapid change in temperature, chemistry, and storm patterns diminish the seafood supplies that humans rely on. GreenWave offers a system of ocean farms, education, and funding opportunities that keep humans working, fed, and in community while reclaiming the environment.
Rights of Nature
The Rights of Nature is a category of legislation intended to acknowledge and defend the rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish by giving people the authority to petition on the behalf of nature, and requiring the government to provide mechanisms of prevention and remedy when violations of these rights occur.
The Paper Razor
Kai’s Paper Razor comes with an all-paper body and metal blade head. Designed to be flat-packed, the single-use razor comes completely unfolded and can easily be put together in a matter of seconds by merely folding in the sides and the top to create a rigid, ergonomic razor with a grippy handle.