Immediately below is the two-page entry for the “Does it Smell Like Fair Trade?” design inspired by the Fair Tracing project. (Click on the image to get a larger size, and then on the larger size to get the full, original image.)
A description of the Fair Tracing Research project:
“It’s a familiar dilemma for shoppers. How do you know exactly what you’re buying? Where supposedly ethically produced goods are concerned, how can you tell precisely where your hard-earned money goes and how much ends up with the producer?
‘Fair tracing’ digital tagging systems could provide the answers. It may soon be possbile to access the back story of any product, simply by pointing your mobile phone at a special barcode. Instantly, a world of dtat would be dispatched to your mobile, covering every stage of the chain linking producer and consumer — and enabling you to make genuinely informed purchasing decisions.
This research hasn’t just underlined the viability of such technology. It has also identified the kinds of data that producers in developing countries can realistically provide.”
A description of the designer’s inspiration:
“If the surface of a product could react and reveal its composition, how would it tell its story? What is it made of? Where has it been? Inspired by the way the natural world communicates, this design project envisions an alternative to labels and packaging: a living skin, translating consumer information into patterns, smells or textures. In the same way a fruit tells us about its nature, could products themselves inform us of their ethical credentials in an immediate and physical way?”