As a student at UC Davis, I have felt encouraged to work in this way just recently in my DES116 class where we are dedicated to redesigning product packaging to be sustainable, eco-friendly, and create a better user experience for our target audience. The teacher, Gale Okumura, emphasized while we were still choosing which product to focus on, that we need to think about the people who need help, such as those with certain disabilities or are elderly. This was an important experience to go through because I really removed myself from the idea of designing something cute and trendy, but looked farther into the future and thought about how my redesign could better the user experience for my user, as well as how it could benefit the environment after the use.
Papanek’s television design empowers its users in that first it recruited the labor of local workers and factories, and second, it thought about the educational powers of adding a VCR to it to allow users to learn from prerecorded tapes. By recruiting local labor, it shares the knowledge of how to create more televisions in the future, instead of relying on imported donations. Also, televisions, especially with VCRs or devices to play tapes or cassettes, allows users to gain a free education they might not otherwise receive without it.