refugee water ration carrier to help spark 
the conversations
that build community

project

brief

14 weeks

design products to help those displaced by natural disaster, political violence or economic hardship

duration

prompt

which problem

to solve...?

Living in Germany for a year in 2016, the Syrian Refugee Crisis was prominent in the news.

How could we, as outsiders and designers, begin to respectfully help in this unimaginably difficult situation?

we start with
empathy for our fellow humans

Photo: Louisa Goulliamaki, AFP

basic needs

Maslow's Hierarchy

critical insights

primary sources

critical insights

secondary sources
It only took some conversation starters
to get strangers to realize commonalities and
organically start building relationships.
Relationships are the key to communities.

how might we

get people talking?

exploring the what if? in conversations

locations for conversing

where do people congregate?

water! something everyone gathers for

problems with

the bottles

modifying the current bottle

...not so much!

final mockup

sewing and measuring

redesigning +

starting fresh

refugee water ration carrier to help spark 
the conversations
that build community

Design is a team sport, special thanks to my colleagues and friends for their discussions, critiques, and feedback.

Thanks for reading!

Special Thanks for this Project

Frido Beissert

Safir Bellali

Arotin Hartounian

Emily Howard

Guy Zohar

Cornelius Nohl