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College of Visual and Performing Arts' Golden Mean Series brings 'Design Revolution Road Show' to SU March 25

March 23, 2010

Cookie Caloia
(315) 569-2808

Together with the Syracuse Industrial Designers Society of America chapter, Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Department of Design welcomes Emily Pilloton, founder and executive director of Project H, and the Design Revolution Road Show to campus Thursday, March 25, as its fourth Golden Mean Series event. The exhibit brings evidence of—and tools for—design for social impact, with the ultimate goal of enabling and empowering the next generation of creative problem-solvers to apply their skills to the world’s most pressing problems and improve life on a global scale.

The Design Revolution Road Show is a traveling exhibition and lecture bringing “product design that empowers” to 35 high schools and universities across the nation. A Project H Design initiative, the road show will feature an Airstream trailer exhibition of 40 humanitarian design solutions that have been showcased in Pilloton’s book “Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People” (Metropolis Books, 2009).

Pilloton trained in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and product design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She started Project H to provide a conduit and catalyst for need-based design that empowers individuals, communities and economies. Former editor of, writer, California girl and unwavering optimist, she has written for ID, GOOD and ReadyMade; taught design theory; and lectures worldwide about new social impact imperatives for the product design industry.

The exhibition (in the Airstream trailer) will be parked alongside Bowne Hall on the Quad from 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Pilloton will speak in Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A dessert reception will immediately follow in the Shaffer Art Building Galleria.
The event is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Irving Garage.

The Golden Mean Series is funded by a major contribution from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. For more information, contact Don Carr at or Cookie Caloia at (315) 569-2808 or

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the world’s oldest and largest member-driven society for product design, industrial design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields.

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