Exploring how design can support and benefit the mind and body of all humans is core to the creative professions. The projects are asking questions that could be summarized by this: how do we expand the access of design and technology for the people that need it the most? Design too often addresses the comfortable middle of life, rather than expanding access of tech and design to the ageing, the physically challenged, the sick. This is where design makes the most difference and where it is needed most. Whether these projects enhance the body's abilities or solve a human problem, whether they propose new architectural typologies or artistic and experiential life moments, this collection summarises the best of design to come: emphatic, game-changing, and human-centric.
Yves Béhar, Founder and CEO of fuseproject, is a long-time resident of San Francisco, designer, and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, brand and experience design are the cornerstones of any business. Béhar has pioneered design as a force for positive social and environmental change. His humanitarian work includes the One Laptop Per Child and See Better to Learn Better, which has distributed 6 million free corrective eyeglasses to schoolchildren in Mexico for the last 10 years. He received the INDEX Award for these projects, making him the only designer to have received the award twice. Yves has also been at the forefront of entrepreneurial venture design, co-founding FORME Life, August, and Canopy, as well as partnering with numerous start-ups such as the Happiest Baby Snoo, Uber, Cobalt, Desktop Metal, Sweetgreen and many others. Other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, Movado, Samsung, Puma, Issey Miyake, Prada, SodaStream, Nivea and many others have also received international acclaim.