Using masks and protective clothing to combat disease is an ancient practice. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). In the spring of 2020, PPE was especially scarce in nursing homes, prisons, and facilities for people with disabilities across the United States.
The Festival of Britain (FOB) was seen both as a public morale booster and an opportunity to remind the world of Britain’s contribution to civilisation, history, and technological development in the past, present, and future. It took place on the South Bank of the River Thames. The Council of Industrial Design (COID) provided an essential stage for promoting well-designed British products in its national push for economic recovery in the post-Second World War era, especially on the main South Bank, London, more specifically in terms of design.