Grouphug a NYC based design collective that aims to address some of society’s most pressing problems, has announced ‘Respect Me,’ a showcase of products, concepts and campaigns designed to promote female empowerment. The exhibition features 25 distinct designs from 34 designers, and will be on view at Chinatown Soup Gallery during NYCxDESIGN. “This year marks the 5th anniversary of our NYCxDesign Week event, so we wanted to make it our most impactful show yet,” said Krystal Persaud, Founder & Director of the Grouphug collective. “Grouphug was founded out of the belief that designers can and should use their creativity to address important societal issues. We don’t need another line of high end chairs – we need creative solutions to complex problems that affect billions of people every day. “This year we selected a theme that is top of mind for all of us these days: gender inequality. Why are women systematically undervalued and disrespected, and what could we design to address this? We received a record number of submissions, from designers all over the world. I’m thrilled that we can provide these designers with a public platform to showcase their ideas and hopefully engage people in meaningful discussion.” The designs on display will range from market- ready products to prototypes. Highlights from the show include: a concept that aims to redefine the perception and experience of the birth control pill, by Colleen Schikowski & Jenny Yoo; a sexual harassment reporting app, by Veronica Orecchia; a children’s book that teaches both girls and boys about gender inequality, by Nahin Shah & Luz Cabrera; and feminist flowcharts to help men and women navigate the minefields of consent, by Dalal Elsheikh.
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