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Let’s pretend that you are still in Delhi and you try the new WaterWheel. At first look, you are able to understand what the WaterWheel does because its intuitive design. Now, you can collect 3-5 times more water than before. With the WaterWheel’s durability you can travel back home in the roughest terrain without problems. The cap-in-cap design lets you use water freely without fearing contamination.
The WaterWheel has been a revolutionary and transformational technology for these people. The inhabitants of Dehli can now collect water safely and efficiently. What made the design so successful was that Catapult Design went to Delhi to pinpoint the struggles that the people of Delhi were encountering. Catapult’s approach, which was to acquire and in-depth understanding of these people’s struggles is what allowed them to create such an innovative solution. Catapult understands the importance of empathy and user experience, all designers can benefit by approaching their next design challenge by doing their due diligence upfront.
Although California won’t be using the WaterWheel to relieve our water problems, exploring how innovative philanthropists are making an impact around the world can show us aspects of design we may overlook. If you think of philanthropists we should explore next, let us know!