Inkahoot’s The Caravan Kit is an interesting example of design activism working with local systems and authorities for change. The problem is clearly conveyed on the front cover – a photo of an old caravan window in disrepair communicates that it is about neglected caravan park residents. Commissioned by St Vincent de Paul and the Brisbane City Council (Inkahoots, n.d.), it is a public document intended to be handed out freely to all caravan park residents to provide them with information about basic services.
The need for, and existence of the Kit itself gently increases awareness and “calls for change” (Thorpe, 2011, p.6), while simultaneously assisting the group it represents. It is an unconventional document published using conventional methods, but can only be considered slightly embarrassing as a disruption to authorities because they hadn’t thought to publish such a useful and practical guide earlier (Thorpe, 2011, p.6).
The Caravan Kit is design activism at its finest – it fits all of Thorpe’s criteria and is a great example of what can be achieved through design communication to make life easier for those who really need it.
Inkahoots. (n.d.). The Caravan Kit. Retrieved 27 July, 2017, from http://inkahoots.com.au/projects/the-caravan-kit
Thorpe, A. (2011). Defining Design as Activism. Retrieved from http://designactivism.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Thorpe-definingdesignactivism.pdf