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We have been working with this taxonomy of product design areas for a while and find it useful. We invite comments and additions, and an open challenge to identify products that won't fit in one of the areas below.

Below our Taxonomy list are additional resource lists that we have found helpful, including Bruce Mau's "Massive Change" Design Economies.

Digital Earth Taxonomy

INDEX of PRODUCT AREAS:

PRODUCT AREAS:

  • Essentials
    • air (survival measured in seconds)
      • keeping clean
      • cleaning/filtering
      • access to (miners)
    • water (measured in days)
      • extraction
      • cleaning/filtering
      • recycling
    • food (measured in weeks)
      • growing
      • processing
      • cleaning
  • Clothing
    • practical/work
    • fashion
    • accessories
    • decorative
  • Shelter
    • housing
      • dwellings
      • places of assembly
      • safety
    • workplaces
    • systems
      • water plumbing
      • waste plumbing
      • electrical wiring
      • HVAC
      • solar
    • furnishings
      • practical
      • decorative
    • portable
      • tent
      • umbrella
  • Energy
    • light
      • solar
      • LEDs
      • CFL & conventional lighting
      • reflectance, redirection, re-distribution
    • fuel
    • fire
      • match
      • lighter
    • electricity
    • infrastructure
  • Health
    • exercise
    • prevention
    • medicine
    • medical devices
      • eyeglasses
      • hearing aid
    • botanical health
    • veterinary health
    • grooming
  • Conversion
    • biological
      • composting
      • compost
      • downcycle
    • technical
      • materials pooling
      • reduce
      • reuse
      • recycle
      • upcycle
  • Materials
    • natural
    • manmade
      • nano
    • toxic to healthy
  • Tools
    • hand tools
    • simple machines
    • appliances
    • complex machines
      • robots
      • manufacturing systems
    • heavy machinery
    • organizational
      • boxes
      • bins
    • work
      • pencil
      • pen
      • wallet
      • briefcase
      • portfolio
    • weapons
    • discovery
      • telescope
      • microscope
  • Movement
    • personal mobility
      • wheelchair
      • walker
      • assistive devices
    • group mobility
      • car
      • bus
      • boat
      • plane
    • transport
      • truck
      • train
      • ship
      • air cargo
      • containers
    • ways
      • road
      • rail
      • water
      • air
  • Connection
    • knowledge
    • direct communication
      • computers
      • cellphones
    • indirect communication
      • books
      • magazines
      • video
      • plans
    • sacred
    • governance
      • politics — system of government; Aristotle: dealing with the structure, organization and administration of the city-state.
      • corporate ethics
  • Play
    • music
      • instruments
    • sports
    • games
Massive Change Design Economies
  • Urban Economy
  • Movement Economy
  • Information Economy
  • Energy Economy
  • Image Economy
  • Market Economy
  • Materials Economy
  • Military Economy
  • Manufacturing Economy
  • Living Economy
  • Wealth and Politics
Notes
  • In one hour the Sun gives the Earth more energy than is used annually by our global population.  Some of the poorest regions of the world receive the highest quality solar income.  Distributed energy production = economic and political autonomy… peace is possible where sovereignty exists.
  • Two billion people live without the benefits of electricity. 
  • Access to energy = access to information.
  • Storytelling

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