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The making of the SM100


This great little video, from the Design Museum, shows the process that went into the design of the SM100 solar light.

DesignIt-MakeIt-UseIt is an outreach project for primary schools, run by the Design Museum for Flagship Open Futures Schools. The project supports teachers to use design as a route into creativity and problem-solving in the classroom. It uses an inspiring collection of design objects as lens for understanding the world and a stimulus for generating new ideas. Find out more information at

Designer Henry James worked with a brief set by a lighting charity SolarAid to create a low cost solar powered light which could replace dangerous kerosene lamps in countries in sub-saharan Africa. But how did Henry test out his designs and how did he make sure that his end design was versatile and hard wearing?