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In January 2008, Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design in an effort to "turn criticism into action" by connecting socially minded designers with the communities in need of their creations. The designer and former Inhabitat managing editor published Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People in September 2009 and is now hitting the road in a renovated Airstream outfitted with a traveling exhibition of products featured in the book.

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  Pilloton will be crossing the country and stopping at 25 schools over the course of 75 days."It began as something of a joke," Pilloton says, "a crazy idea where my partner, Matthew Miller, and I realized we live and run Project H in an Airstream and thought: 'Wouldn't it be a great book tour if we just loaded a bunch of humanitarian products in the Airstream and drove around the country?'” The tour begins on February 1 in Larkspur, California, and ends on April 16 in Wilmington, Ohio. For a full itinerary, visit designrevolutionroadshow.com.
    Pilloton will be crossing the country and stopping at 25 schools over the course of 75 days."It began as something of a joke," Pilloton says, "a crazy idea where my partner, Matthew Miller, and I realized we live and run Project H in an Airstream and thought: 'Wouldn't it be a great book tour if we just loaded a bunch of humanitarian products in the Airstream and drove around the country?'” The tour begins on February 1 in Larkspur, California, and ends on April 16 in Wilmington, Ohio. For a full itinerary, visit designrevolutionroadshow.com.
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  After working as a designer and as the managing editor of Inhabitat, Pilloton founded Project H Design in January 2008 in an effort to "turn criticism into action" by connecting socially minded designers with the communities in need of their creations. In September 2009, she published Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People. The Design Revolution Road Show is a traveling exhibition featuring products published in the book.
    After working as a designer and as the managing editor of Inhabitat, Pilloton founded Project H Design in January 2008 in an effort to "turn criticism into action" by connecting socially minded designers with the communities in need of their creations. In September 2009, she published Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People. The Design Revolution Road Show is a traveling exhibition featuring products published in the book.
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  The star of the Design Revolution Road Show is Pilloton and her partner's vintage Airstream trailer. "The Airstream is just awesome. The exhibition turned out really great, the products are fascinating, and the trailer has a big pink stripe that you can't not look at," she says.
    The star of the Design Revolution Road Show is Pilloton and her partner's vintage Airstream trailer. "The Airstream is just awesome. The exhibition turned out really great, the products are fascinating, and the trailer has a big pink stripe that you can't not look at," she says.
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  Pilloton's partner, Matt, has owned the vintage Airstream for ten years and had gutted it a few years back. To prep for the tour, they refinished the entire interior. "The transformation has been amazing, partially because we have been living and working out of the Airstream while doing the renovation," Pilloton says.
    Pilloton's partner, Matt, has owned the vintage Airstream for ten years and had gutted it a few years back. To prep for the tour, they refinished the entire interior. "The transformation has been amazing, partially because we have been living and working out of the Airstream while doing the renovation," Pilloton says.
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  Because the couple also lives in the Airstream, they needed a place to keep their things. The result is "'closets' that only hold a few milk crates," Pilloton describes.
    Because the couple also lives in the Airstream, they needed a place to keep their things. The result is "'closets' that only hold a few milk crates," Pilloton describes.
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  "When my book was published, I knew I wanted to spread the word in a non-traditional way, not in the usual signings-at-a-bookstore kind of deal," Pilloton says. "The book itself speaks to a certain grassroots movement, and I wanted its promotion to reflect that—-to literally take some of these amazing products featured in the book to the doorsteps of the next generation of designers." Pictured here is a handful of products laid out on a table while she was curating the exhibition.
    "When my book was published, I knew I wanted to spread the word in a non-traditional way, not in the usual signings-at-a-bookstore kind of deal," Pilloton says. "The book itself speaks to a certain grassroots movement, and I wanted its promotion to reflect that—-to literally take some of these amazing products featured in the book to the doorsteps of the next generation of designers." Pictured here is a handful of products laid out on a table while she was curating the exhibition.
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  Here, Pilloton's layout the products to make sure all 40 of them would fit into the exhibition space of the Airstream. "The most successful design interventions are the ones that are deeply local and pervasive," she says. "We see a lot of designers and design groups working widely on dozens of projects all over the place. The projects that stay put and go deep into a community, become engaged, and have a stake in a collective future are the ones that really have exponential impact."
    Here, Pilloton's layout the products to make sure all 40 of them would fit into the exhibition space of the Airstream. "The most successful design interventions are the ones that are deeply local and pervasive," she says. "We see a lot of designers and design groups working widely on dozens of projects all over the place. The projects that stay put and go deep into a community, become engaged, and have a stake in a collective future are the ones that really have exponential impact."
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  Just inside the Airstream is Pilloton's "welcome gnome" and a copy of Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People.
    Just inside the Airstream is Pilloton's "welcome gnome" and a copy of Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People.
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  A look into the exhibition space inside the Airstream.
    A look into the exhibition space inside the Airstream.
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  The interior of the Airstream, where the Design Revolution exhibition will be on display.
    The interior of the Airstream, where the Design Revolution exhibition will be on display.
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  Here, a shot of the exhibition space inside the Airstream. "I am incredibly excited about our high school stops, which we initially hadn't planned on," Pilloton says. "We added them for a few reasons: When we end up in rural North Carolina, we'll be teaching a design-build program in the high school there, so on a personal level I'm interested in gauging how design can inspire teenagers. But I also believe that design is a capacity that most high schoolers don't consider as a skill."
    Here, a shot of the exhibition space inside the Airstream. "I am incredibly excited about our high school stops, which we initially hadn't planned on," Pilloton says. "We added them for a few reasons: When we end up in rural North Carolina, we'll be teaching a design-build program in the high school there, so on a personal level I'm interested in gauging how design can inspire teenagers. But I also believe that design is a capacity that most high schoolers don't consider as a skill."
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  The corner view of the Airstream exhibition space.
    The corner view of the Airstream exhibition space.
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  DIY Soccer Ball Tape by Marti Guixe, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
    DIY Soccer Ball Tape by Marti Guixe, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
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  Mobee toy for children with cerebral palsy/visual impairments by Eddie Chiu, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
    Mobee toy for children with cerebral palsy/visual impairments by Eddie Chiu, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
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  Adaptive Eyecare Glasses by Joshua Silver, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
    Adaptive Eyecare Glasses by Joshua Silver, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
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  SpiderBoot anti-landmine footwear by Allen Vanguard and Gad Shaanan, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
    SpiderBoot anti-landmine footwear by Allen Vanguard and Gad Shaanan, on display in the Design Revolution Road Show exhibition.
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  The Design Revolution Road Show starts February 1 and makes its way across the country, reaching Wilmington, Ohio, in mid-April. "The events are accessible—-anyone can come-—and we aren't there to preach but rather to spark something at every stop that hopefully remains beyond our passing through," Pilloton says. "We are also giving away free stickers!" Visit designrevolutionroadshow.com for a complete itinerary.
    The Design Revolution Road Show starts February 1 and makes its way across the country, reaching Wilmington, Ohio, in mid-April. "The events are accessible—-anyone can come-—and we aren't there to preach but rather to spark something at every stop that hopefully remains beyond our passing through," Pilloton says. "We are also giving away free stickers!" Visit designrevolutionroadshow.com for a complete itinerary.

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