I have always loved drinking fountains. As a child, I knew where every drinking fountain was in the neighborhood and in every store we had ever visited. At the neighborhood park every day, I would climb up and peer down inside the empty shell of the broken drinking fountain, hoping that someone had fixed it. Invariably, its concrete form was still stuffed with candy wrappers and miscellaneous garbage, so I would run to the far end of the park, to the drinking fountain that did work, for a long, glorious drink of fresh cool water.
This is the second in a series about the importance of small urban elements that can have an outsized impact, enhancing people’s lives or modifying users’ behavior in surprising ways. Considering these elements during design processes can considerably enrich a project, and can have far-reaching positive consequences. Cities, long designed for optimal traffic flow, are… Read more »
I like change. When the timing is right, change is exhilarating. Being the author, or even midwife, of positive change is a worthy life’s work. The innovative work of IDEO is about change and human centered design. IDEO has intrigued me for some time, perhaps in part because they see the role of design as… Read more »