Dream Ball

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What’s this?

Seoul, Korea studio UnPlug Design came up with this near-genius idea for providing makeshift soccer balls (okay, footballs) to third world children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. A wave-like pattern is printed (or perhaps perforated?) on the boxes in which material aid to these countries is often shipped; once the box is empty of its contents, children and aid workers can follow the patterns to break down the cardboard and assemble the ball. More background and pictures here.

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8 Comments

  1. While the idea is good, I am not so sure about execution. See, one of they most important parts of a good football…is the weight. Anybody here who has ever tried playing football (IT IS NOT SOCCER) with one of those kiddy balls knows what I mean. You can’t pack the kick into the ball. Even if you are a 10-12 year old kid, those things are just too light.

    This one…especially with the holes going through it…I wonder how it feels to kick the “ball”. I get the idea, I get the whole we-are-trying-to-do-a-good-thing-here image here, but still, the product itself…I am unconvinced.

  2. The Idea is brilliant and beautiful!!

    In my opinion and experience; the light weight is a compromise that can be lived with.

    Wondering how long such a ball may last before it is flattened.