Design With Intent Toolkit

Requisite Variety’s Design with Intent toolkit is a collection of design patterns, or ‘gambits’, for influencing user behaviour through design.

It’s applicable across productserviceinteraction, industrial and architectural design, aimed at socially and environmentally beneficial behaviour change. The patterns are drawn from a range of disciplines, and are phrased as questions or provocations to enable the toolkit’s use as both a brainstorming tool and a guide for exploring the field of design for behaviour change.

You can download the toolkit (free) or buy printed packs

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Window Solar Charger By XD Design

Be green and charge your phone by using the sunlight that streams through your window! The Window Solar Charger can be used to power your smartphone through sunlight from the window. The charger is a rechargeable lithium battery that holds 1400mAh of electric charge. Because it can stick to any window, it can be used at home, in the car, or at the office. The energy is completely green, as it is all collected through solar panels on the window-facing side of the device. USB and Mini-USB ports provided.

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Polite Umbrella

Polite Umbrella, from designer Joo Youn Paek, is a shrinkable umbrella that enables users to morph its shape in order to reduce occupied space and to increase user maneuverability. Users can easily adjust their umbrellas anytime by pulling a handle so that they can protect themselves from harsh winds or bumping into others.

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Pixel Ruler

The ultimate tool for responsive screen size sketching. Heavy-duty gauge stainless steel ruler with pixel increments. Markers for mobile, tablet and widescreen (laptop) sizing. Pretty neat for drawing up website, mobile, or just user interface designs.

Pixel Ruler features:
– Stainless steel ruler with with 150 PPI (pixels per inch) scale
– Zebra mechanical pencil
– 2 UI Stencils Stickers
– Black filled etch markings.
– 304.8mm x long 34mm wide x 1mm thick
– EVA non-slip pad on back.
– Made in the USA.

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Hop! The Following Suitcase

Whether you’re a frequent flier, an avid outdoorsman or a kid who was a prime target for bullies back in grade school, when you were so thin you might as well have been two-dimensional, your packed lunch a bait for your physically endowed peers – wait where was I? Right. We’ve all lost a bag at some point in our lives. So it’s fun to see a concept for a suitcase that hates being lost as much as you hate losing it.

Conceptualized by Rodrigo Garcia, the Hop! suitcase has three Bluetooth sensors and a microcontroller. Hop! is a suitcase that follows the user. Represents the next generation of luggage, the following. The suitcase contains three receivers that are able to receive, identify and triangulate different signals coming from the user’s cell phone. A microcontroller interprets these signals calculating the phone’s position regarding to the suitcase. The same microcontroller operates a caterpillar system based on compressed air, which follows the user at a constant distance. If the signal is lost the user is alerted by the vibration of the phone and suitcase locks itself. The bags can be programmed to follow one to another or are controlled jointly by the staff that handles the baggage at airports or stations. If a suitcase can move by itself, besides facilitating the lives of a large number of travellers, families, disabled people, … could also spare all the elements that moves externally the baggage (conveyor belts , carts, …)

The clearest reference are the bellhops, people who moves the luggage of a few privileged customers. With current technology that is present today in lawn mowers or automatic vacuum cleaners, a suitcase can embed the function of the bellhop.

Head to Garcia’s website to see more details.

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Cartel – Office Assistant

Cartel is a personal assistant for collextive mind purpose. Cartel allows employees to improve their productivity, and at the same time keep a use of social network in the Company. Moreover, with its public features, Cartel allows you to record every missed visits at your office, when you wasn’t available at your desk. And it’s just as simple to use as it’s look!

Design by Valentin Sollier, Arthur Kenzo, Valentin Gauffre

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PUSHit Toilet Seat by Hoe Yeong Jung

Plunging toilets is about the worst of bathroom duty you could have, but it has to be done in order to unclog the toilet.  The unsanitary plunger concept of handling a clogged toilet makes a highly unpleasant aroma, visual and spatial component to your bathroom. This design allows the seat to act as the plunger by unclogging the toilet with a simple push which in return makes it a pure thought of freshness.

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Twisth&Brush: Toothpaste Tube Toothbrush

We travel a lot, and with the TSA ruthlessly enforcing the 3.4-ounce-liquid, single-quart-baggie rule, we’re always on the lookout for toiletries that’ll help us breeze right through the security line.

So we were thrilled to stumble on Twist&Brush, a great concept by the Spanish designers Kawamura-ganjavian that crams a toothpaste dispenser and a toothbrush into one elegant little package.

The ingenious feature is the handle, which works like a cross between a syringe and a deodorant stick. Fill it up with toothpaste, then when you’re ready to brush, twist the bottom a few notches and toothpaste squeezes out the bristles. A bonus: The clear plastic handle indicates precisely how much toothpaste you’ve got in there, so the TSA won’t fritter away your time — and everyone else’s — investigating whether you tried to sneak in a few extra ounces.

Obviously, the design is super convenient for travelers, but it’s also something of a boon to the environment. Think how much waste people could avoid by not buying those all mini toothpaste tubes they use once or twice, then throw away.

Twist&Brush is just a concept and we have no idea whether the designers plan to put it into production, but we desperately hope they do — if for no other reason than just to give the middle finger to that racket of an industry known as travel-sized toiletries.

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GiraDora – Human Powered Washer and Dryer

GiraDora is a human-powered washing/spin-dryer a user can sit on that increases the efficiency and improves the experience of hand-washing clothes. For under $40, GiraDora more than doubles productivity, increases health of women and children, and affords the opportunity to begin breaking the poverty cycle. The user sits on top of the drum-like appliance and pumps a pedal with her foot, which agitates, cleans, rinses, then spins-dries clothes. While providing a more comfortable, ergonomic, and efficient way to clean clothes, GiraDora also affords opportunities to generate income.

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