The Shell Africa was made by Darren Inouye along with Kevin Jan. It was created in an undergraduate class named “Brand Monkey” at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design in the spring of 2011. The product produced is a working prototype still in the work. 




With the rise of school attendance in Africa comes the need for basic school facilities. Though there are many educational opportunities, the quality of education is limited by insufficient funding, poorly trained faculty, and a lack of those basic school facilities. 


The Shell cannot solve all of these educational issues, but it can provide a suitable writing surface when there is none available. It is not only a light weight portable writing surface but also acts as a storage pack for any supplies that the student might carry.