This article presents the emerging generation of designers who want to do more than create handsome and functional products. It's out to protect the environment, improve health, reform education, and empower communities. For Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma, 30, that's what's wrong with design. The products are blank except for some marketing story, she says. Her most ambitious work so far is PIG 05049, a book that details the industrial uses of pig. Candy Chang, urban planner and graphic designer, Civic Center, already had degrees in architecture and graphic design when a documentary about Jane Jacobs's fight to protect New York's Greenwich Village from planning czar Robert Moses led her to Columbia University to study urban planning. Now settled in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, Chang is developing a project called Neighborland to help residents bring the services they need to their communities and working on a graphic novel about the Jacobs-Moses war.
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