Toilets may not be a topic that get as much attention as others, but over 1 billion people around the world must defecate out in the open and over 2 billion people do not have access to clean and private toilets.
Sanjay Wijesekera: This achievement shows that where there is a will, it is possible to truly transform the lives of hundreds of millions of people for the better.
The MDG (Millennial Development Goal) to cut the global population that does not have access to clean drinking water was cut in half, and five years ahead of schedule. The World Health Organization and the United Nations are very pleased with this achievement, but it is a timely reminder of the developmental problems of poverty and access that still exist. For example, 783 million people still do not have access to clean drinking water. 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases (usually from bad drinking water and poor sanitation). Although some success should be celebrated, the world, in the currently constituted social, economic and political framework, still does not provide the most basic of requirements for a sizable portion of humanity.
How Brands Can Leverage UX To Build Meaning & Purpose [PSFK LONDON] PSFK UX in ad agencies is helping them change how they respond to a client's communications brief. Disruption is no longer the sole weapon of choice.
Flat design focuses on simple shapes, colors and typography to emphasize clarity and usability. These flat design UI kits will help you with your own projects.
In contrast to skeuomorphic design, flat design focuses on simple shapes, colors and typography to emphasize clarity and usability. It was a term coined by Allan Grinshtein of LayerVault in his post "The Flat Design Era," published last year. The release of iOS 7 proved flat design is no longer a passing fad, but rather a step forward.
The flatness of style means simplifying interface elements, removing extraneous elements and decoration — such as bevels, gradients and textures — to create a crisp, clean design that focuses on hierarchy.
This week Jose and Julie help us all figure out What exactly is user experience and how do you build brand loyalty through user experience. Special guest JP Bedoya, Sr Director of Product and user Experience joins us to talk about his experience at CitySearch and Yahoo.
The new Impressionist UI version has a series of changes that we considered to be important. We have added 4 totally new styles (Air, Aurora, Hybrid and Spice), besides the default style that it had until today – Eco.
Today we have a free UI kit that will help you to create beautiful websites faster. This UI kit was designed by Michael Reimer of BestPSDFreebies and it includes a variety of different elements that I'm sure you'll find to be useful.
Finding yourself a full-time or freelance job in the design field can be very difficult, particularly with the current job market in our current economy. Quite simply; a boring resume just won’t cut it by today’s standards! Why not set yourself apart from your peers by designing a visually stunning resume … impress your future employer … and take control of your future now! In this post I have assembled an amazing collection of fresh new and creative resumes for you to be inspired by. I am confident that these creative resumes will get your designr juices flowing. So without further ado here are 50+ creative resumes....
There are thousands of companies marketing themselves to consumers (both prospective and returning) several times per day, all of them with their own unique logo. This infographic offers a really interesting look at the influence of colors on some very familiar logos.
TED talks are a gold mine of knowledge. Because the TED website’s topics include not only technology, education and design (TED) but also business, science, activism, health, storytelling and everything in between, one can get lost on the site for days. A number of these short talks (most are around 20 minutes) revolve around storytelling. While they don’t necessarily address brand storytelling, they do offer insights that a brand could apply to its efforts to engage audiences through its brand story. I’ve gathered four talks I found particularly useful, and I’ve included a brand takeaway for each. Enjoy!...
"In: WSSCC and WHO (2005). Sanitation and hygiene promotion : programming guide. Geneva, Switzerland, World Health Organization. – viii, 84 p. : 23 boxes, 7 fig., 18 tab.- Includes references and glossary"
Although African countries have been lauded for their efforts towards ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water in keeping with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they have nonetheless come under scrutiny for failure to prioritise water in their development agendas.
Thomas Chiramba, Head of Freshwater Ecosystems Unit at the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya, told IPS that in spite of progress on the third component of MDG7 – halve the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015 – water scarcity still poses a significant threat to sustainable development in Africa.
Attending the United Nations’ International Water Conference being held in this Spanish city from Jan. 15-17, he said that “there is too much focus on household water access indices and not enough on linkages between water and sustainable development.”
While there are now more people in Africa with improved sources of water and sanitation, experts say that this is not enough. The continent is still facing water scarcity, with negative implications for growth and health.
In view of the rapid and unpredictable changes in environmental systems, Chiramba said that unless Africa broadens its national and international water goals the region will find it difficult to remain economically resilient.
“Water is key to the agricultural and energy sectors, both critical to accelerating growth and development in Africa,” he added.
The theme of the Zaragoza conference is ‘Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action’ and is at the heart of adaptation to climate, also serving as a key link among climate systems, human society and environment.
One of the main aims of the conference is to develop implementing tools, with regard to financing, technology, capacity development and governance frameworks, for initiating the post-2015 agenda on water and sanitation.
More than 300 participants representing U.N. agencies and programmes, experts, the business community, and governmental and non-governmental organisations have converged with the main aim of addressing water as a sustainable development goal.
“Although water goals and targets were achieved under the MDGs, the main focus was on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), all geared towards poverty reduction,” said Chiramba. “But there was no explicit focus on addressing the sustainability aspect.”
Tuesday, along with the announcement of two new iPhones, Apple officially unveiled its new mobile operating system, iOS 7. It comes with some major changes, the most apparent of which is a new look, devoid of skeuomorphs (such as notepad pages that look like paper notepads). It’s part of a broader shift towards “flat” design, a look—indeed a whole philosophy—that prefers plain, clear shapes instead of trying to make icons look like solid objects.
While it may be a major overhaul for Apple, and will doubtless influence many others, iOS 7 is not exactly the pioneer. In fact its design closely resembles that of a key rival—Google. Over the course of 18 months, starting in January 2012, some of the lead designers at Google laid out a series of principles for the company to follow in creating its own icons and logos. Some of those principles lie at the heart of Apple’s new aesthetic.
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