Gallery: INTERVIEW: Yves Behar Talks to Us About Sustainable Product De...

 

The designer behind the One Laptop Per Child Project, Yves Behar is truly a world-class designer, balancing aesthetics, function, and socially-based initiatives. Founder and principal designer of FuseProject, he also happens to be the Chair of the Industrial Design Department at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. Recently, he facilitated a design studio in which Industrial Design students partnered with South Korean cell phone manufacturer Pantech to design new cell-phone models, taking on the future of mobile communications and addressing the idea of emotional networking. I had a chance to speak to Yves about the studio, sustainability, and more…

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  1. mod*mom June 10, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    i wish they’d make my vw beetle a hybrid. it’s sooooo cute.
    i’m going to link this post + write about the laptop on my new freelance job blog droolicious.com

  2. csven June 9, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    I agree with Stiven.

    Recently I heard Behar make this comment in a video interview: “Can somebody design a better-looking hybrid car? Please. Cause I love the technology but I’m not gonna get into one yet.”

    When superficiality trumps sustainability, something is wrong imo.

  3. Stiven Kerestegian June 9, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    I admire Negroponte and MIT for their vision and persistence, but the jury is still out on the actual effectiveness of the OLPC project. X crossing our fingers X

    On the other hand, Behar’s leaf lamp is exactly the type of “green” product that does more harm than good by taking the spotlight away from real sustainable design solutions as the best references from the design community. What is the point of making a lamp that uses less energy and is highly recyclable if it cost $600 and no one can afford it? What kind of green impact is that? Who is ever going to recycle this lamp? Is this the best that the current industrial design poster-child and head of the most eco-oriented design school can do?

    Along with the fame and money should come the “role model” responsibility to lead in not just ethical design practices which should be expected, but also in actual sustainable design practices which is a much more challenging task thus appropriate for a designers with Behar’s resources and influence.

    …great article by Jeremy Faludi on WC http://www.worldchanging.com/archives//006455.html

    If the design community is comfortable with the Leaf as one of our best examples of green design, then as a profession, we are not well positioned to lead as Sterling’s viridian design movement suggests.

  4. Harry Martinian June 8, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Truly the biggest challenge has little to do with facility, standatrds and processes. It is not even the expense to change. In fact it is very desirable to change when the change that is recommended is truly a sustainable innovation. There are dollars in economy and good design, right? Convincing clients is not the problem either.

    The marketplace will push the manufactuers to do what is in accord with what is sustainable once people live in accord with the laws of nature more. Their own preferences will shape the market and eventually the world. This is a market place solution fueled by the rise in collective consciousness. It is raising the collective consciousness of society that will be the basis for the groundswell of demand.

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