Ideas of what designers can do during Covid-19

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Yesterday, the US surpassed China for the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world. New York’s and New Jersey’s cases are still rising. I watched the New York Times 72 Hours Inside a N.Y.C. Hospital Battling during my lunch break and was saddened to hear the doctor mention the lack of resources.. Gladly, I saw New York City Mayor’s tweet where he mentioned they have provided what Elmhurst Hospital needed. Since then, I’ve been searching what designers could do to help during this pandemic besides donation.

昨天,美國感染covid19的人數超越中國,而紐約跟紐澤西人數還在上升中。我邊吃午餐邊配著紐約時報訪問醫生的影片,看著醫生提到提到防疫設備遠遠不足覺得非常感傷,幸好今日市長的推特上有寫說,已經提供醫院一些設備。我決定找找除了捐款以外,設計師怎麼在新型冠狀病毒肆虐下下提供幫助:

Face Shields:

If you have 3D printers at home, you could download files and use a 3D printer to print out parts and assemble them. Makers all over the world, students from Charlotte, NYU, Georgia Tech are doing it. Volunteers in Brooklyn Navy Yard create production lines for face shields. Companies like HP provides 3D printing files to download.

面罩:

如果家中有3D列印機的,可以運用網路上的資源印出零件,然後再組裝起來。世界各地的自造者北卡的學生NYU喬治雅理工等許多學校都有在進行。紐約熱心企業也在動員志願者組裝面罩。HP也提供了相關的檔案可以下載自己印

Ventilators:

Ventilator is a harder task. Makers in Italy are printing out replacement parts when suppliers run out of them. Dyson is making 15000 ventilators. Designers could join design challenges like Code Life Ventilator Challenge or other challenges to brainstorm rapid ventilation solutions for patients.

呼吸器:

呼吸器就沒那麼簡單了。義大利有公司利用3D列印,印出呼吸器零件應急。知名企業如Dyson在十天內設計出呼吸器,之後將生產一萬五千台呼吸器。設計師可以參與比賽來想想如何改良呼吸器

Others:

If you don’t have a 3D printer at home, you can look up this site for volunteer work or join the Open IDEO challenges. You can also look up local Facebook Groups or join Local Slack channels to see how you could contribute when you stay at home.

其他:

如果像我一樣沒有3D列印機的話,也可以在這裡找人合作,或是參加OPEN IDEO的挑戰,或其他當地的slack channel or facebook group看看能在家裡做些什麼。

(Updates: After I posted this blogpost, I talked to my friend Eden. She worked for a non-profit organization Last Mile to help with their art direction and design so I asked that if I could join. She introduced me to their slack channel. Since then, I started volunteering by creating visual assets to their marketing materials.)

Also posted this story on my blog!

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Product designer based in NYC. www.wanjunghung.com

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