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Hot 20 Honoree Takes Her Design Revolution to the Road

Searching for quality, inexpensive design can be a challenge: For every Muji, there are a dozen high-end designers selling curios for four figures a pop. That's not to say we don't covet quite a few of said curios, and usually the price matches the quality, but... shouldn't everyone get to have good design in their life?

Enter San Francisco-based Project H Design (Founder Emily Pilloton was a 2009 Hot 20 Under 40 honoree).The nonprofit's mission is to bring the power of design to people in need in order to improve their quality of life. You might have seen founder Emily Pilloton on the Colbert Report last week (if not, check out the video here) sharing examples of their work, like the SpiderBoot (footwear that prevents a landmine from detonating should you step on one), the Hippo Roller (used to transport water long distances with ease) and more thoughtful and effective design solutions for the greater good.

Sound interesting? Starting February 1st, Project H will be taking to the road, bringing their message to towns across the country via a hip Airstream Trailer housing an exhibition of 40 humanitarian design solutions. The Design Revolution Road Show rolls into the city from February 2nd through the 5th, making stops at several schools around town. You can get the first look at the VIP preview party this Saturday, or head to the Academy of Art's Brannan Street location on February 4th for a parking lot kick-off featuring food carts, beverages, and a good time for all. For more info on tour stops and donating to Project H Design, click here.