Very interesting article around over-engineering a product and the lack of user engagement in the context of international design.
Designing to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world will not happen through technological high tech advancements here in New Zealand. This kind of innovation is extremely far from reach for the poor who see no benefit.
Frugal Innovation is said to be the way to innovate to truly help some of the poorest people, challenging designers to do more with less.
“The push toward frugal innovation has been renewed in the last decade. In a sense, it is a response to one of the classic failures in international development work: the quintessential fancy machine brought to a remote village, only to sit unused for years for a reason that is obvious in retrospect.”
Check out the full article here to really understand frugal innovation.