Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Industrial Design News

Marc Koska's story featured in a recent blog post of Amsterdam-based industrial design consultancy, Bluelarix Designworks. Here's an excerpt:

Despite the fact many people would imagine something extravagant and expensive, when hearing the word “design”, real design thinking is not about this, we believe. Sometimes we hear, why designing things if everything is already made?

Well this time we would like to introduce to you the story of Marc Koska and his reasons to re-invent the syringe. Reuse of syringes, all too common in under-funded clinics, kills 1.3 million each year. Many of them kids. In 1984 Koska read a newspaper article predicting the transmission of HIV through the reuse of needles and syringes. Koska was fascinated by the problem and vowed to do something about it. He studied how drug addicts used syringes in the UK, went to Geneva to learn about Public Health Policy, visited several syringe factories, studied plastic injection moulding, and read everything available on the transmission of viruses like HIV.

Click here for the full article.

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