The Rosedale Neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, had a problem: their childhood obesity rate was 51 percent. The root of the problem came from the Rosedale Middle School cafeteria—but it wasn’t the food that was making the children obese. Instead, designers pointed to the room's layout and wall decorations, which presented the food in a bland and unappetizing way. The Protein Pods and a New Coat of Paint initiative redesigned the cafeteria to be more conducive to healthy eating. Now, the cafeteria features detailed descriptions of the healthy foods, as well as an altered flow that puts healthy foods on kids’ plates first.
What makes good design? You tell us!
This pool of 20 works, ranging from popular apps to medical devices, emphasize how innovative design can make a difference in our everyday lives. Every year, Cooper-Hewitt gives out design awards chosen by a jury of distinguished design gurus—but do you agree with the experts? Cast your vote for your favorite design before 6:00 p.m. ET on October 11. The winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards gala and here, on this site, on October 17.
Also be sure to celebrate National Design Week with design events and activities in your area, October 12–20.