The Guardian: Send for the Fixperts: designers helping the public with everyday problems

We read the following article in the Guardian the other day, we thought it was a great initiative and wanted to share with you.

Got a problem at home you can’t fix yourself? A new designer service might just be able to help
Fixpert designer working in his studio

Fixperts … linking designers with the people who need them most
Too often design education funnels bright, imaginative minds towards places where they are the least useful – into the corporate design teams of commercial companies, or the rarefied world of galleries and one-off production. The best people trained in solving problems are rarely connected to the people who have problems to solve.
But a new scheme by designers Daniel Charny and James Carrigan is tackling this, by linking the people with practical knowhow to everyday problems.
“The idea behind Fixperts is to connect designers with people who could do with a little help in their lives, from disabled people to the elderly,” says Carrigan, who is also co-founder of Sugru, a self-setting rubber product that lets you fix, modify and improve things. “It’s interesting to think what kind of impact a designer can make on somebody’s life in about an hour and a half.”
Design solutions so far have included a device to help an MS sufferer put in her earrings and fixing the broken joystick on an electric wheelchair.
The project links Fixpert designers to Fixpartners, with the aim of developing a solution in no more than three weeks. The process is filmed and uploaded to their website, so the lessons learned can be transferred.

Read the full article here.

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