Yves Béhar

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Yves Béhar
Yves Behar.jpg
Born 1967
Lausanne, Switzerland
Ethnicity German mother; Turkish father
Education B.S. Art Center College of Design
Occupation Industrial Designer

Yves Béhar is a designer, entrepreneur,[1] and sustainability advocate.[2] He is the founder and principal designer of Fuseproject, an award-winning industrial design and brand development firm.[3][4] He's also Chief Creative Officer of the wearable technology company Jawbone.

Béhar's design work emphasizes the integration of commercial products with sustainability and social good. In 2011, the Conde Nast Innovation and Design Awards recognized him as Designer of the Year.[5] His clients have included Herman Miller, PUMA, MINI, See Better to Learn Better, General Electric, Swarovski, Samsung, Jimmyjane, and Prada.

Early life and education[edit]

Béhar was born in 1967 in Lausanne, Switzerland to a German mother and a Turkish father.[6]

He studied drawing and industrial design in both Europe and the United States. Béhar attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.[7] He holds a B.S. in Industrial Design from the Art Center College of Design, California.

Career[edit]

Prior to founding Fuseproject, Yves was design leader at the Silicon Valley offices of frog design and Lunar Design, developing product identities for clients such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Silicon Graphics.[8]

In 1999, Béhar founded the San Francisco and New York based industrial design and brand management firm Fuseproject. At Fuseproject, Béhar oversees product design for a variety of industrial sectors, including fashion, lifestyle, sports and technology. His clients include Herman Miller, PUMA, One Laptop per Child, Jawbone, MINI, See Better to Learn Better, General Electric, Swarovski, Samsung, Jimmyjane, and Prada. In 2010, Fuseproject was the top winner of the Industrial Designers Society of America IDSA IDEA/Fast Company awards with 14 winning products.[3]

He is the chief industrial designer of One Laptop per Child (OLPC's) XO laptop, signing on with the project in 2005 and has been with the team since March 2006. This collaboration has led to two additional laptop prototypes, the OLPC XOXO and OLPC XO-3.[9]

Since 2005, he has chaired the Industrial Design Department at California College of the Arts.[10]

Design ventures[edit]

The Ouya, which Behar helped design.

Béhar is a member of the Founder's Circle of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.[11]

Béhar is the Chief Creative Officer of the wearable technology company, Jawbone.[12] He designs the Jawbone brand, packaging, communications and products. Behar designed the JAMBOX and BIG JAMBOX, a family of completely wireless, bluetooth compact audio speakers and also the UP, Jawbone's app-powered health and wellness wristband.[13] Béhar collaborated with ceft and company New York for the Jawbone headset visuals.[14]

He is the chief industrial designer of One Laptop per Child (OLPC's) XO laptop, signing on with the project in 2005 and has been with the team since March 2006. This collaboration has led to two additional laptop prototypes, the OLPC XOXO and OLPC XO-3.[9]

Béhar is a partner in PACT Underwear,[15] an organic underwear company, and in 2009, he collaborated with Ethan Imboden of Jimmyjane on a line of waterproof rechargeable vibrators.[16]

He also partners with Peel,[17] a company that created an app and hardware to turn mobile devices into universal television remotes. Other investment and partner companies include Mint Cleaner,[18] Fanhattan, Mission Motors, Ywater, Equal Media and Herman Miller.[19]

In June 2012, Yves Behar and Ouya partnered to create an open, hackable game platform.[20] The initiative launched on Kickstarter and raised over $8.5 million with over 63,000 backers.[21] In 2012 SodaStream International teamed with Béhar to introduce Source, a new home soda machine designed with a special emphasis on sustainability.[22]

Civic works[edit]

Béhar is a sustainability advocate who argues that a designer's role is to create products that are both commercially viable and contribute to social good.[23]

He collaborates with clients to design and implement sustainable projects. As the chief industrial designer of One Laptop per Child (OLPC's) XO laptop, Béhar designed a series of low-cost, low-power laptops for distribution to low-income schoolchildren. In 2008, Béhar redesigned the NYC Condom logo and packaging, as well as NYC Condom vending machines for the New York City Department of Health as a part of an initiative to reduce HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy.[24]

Béhar designed eyeglasses for the "Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor" (in English "See Better to Learn Better") program.[25] "Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor" has provided free pairs of custom-designed eyeglasses to students throughout Mexico since 2010. In May 2011, Béhar partnered with Tipping Point, a San Francisco based philanthropic organization, who made a pledge to the "See Well to Learn" program, which aims to distribute free pairs of glasses to San Francisco Bay Area students.[26]

Recognitions[edit]

One Laptop per Child (The OLPC) XO laptop

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Bruce. "Designers are the New Drivers of American Entrepreneurialism". FastCo.Design. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  2. ^ http://inhabitat.com/interview-yves-behar-on-sustainability/
  3. ^ a b "IDSA's IDEA Awards 2010". Fast Company. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Zinko, Carolyne (15 January 2012). "Designer of the Future". SF Chronicle (SF Chronicle). Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.hermanmiller.com/lifework/designer-of-the-year-yves-behar/
  6. ^ "SAYL Chair". Smart Furniture. Smart Furniture. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Murrow, Lauren. "It's Yves Behar's World". Modern Luxury. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.cca.edu/academics/faculty/ybehar
  9. ^ a b "OLPC". FastCo Design. FastCo Design. 
  10. ^ "Dwell on Design - Yves Behar". Dwell. Dwell. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Green Product Innovation Institute". 
  12. ^ Perlroth, Nicole. "Yves Behar: World's 7 Most Important People in Design". Forbes (Forbes). Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Yves Behar and Jawbone’s "Up" is an App-Powered Wristband Promoting Healthy Living Read more: Yves Behar and Jawbone’s "Up" is an App-Powered Wristband Promoting Healthy Living". Inhabitat. Inhabitat. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jawbone Campaign and PR Visuals". ceft and company new york. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ "PACT". NotCot. NotCot. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "A New Vibrator by Yves Behar Arouses Our Interest". Fast Company. Fast Company. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Peel Turns your iPhone into a universal remote". Engadget. Engagdget. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Mint Cleaner". Apartment Therapy. Apartment Therapy. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "SAYL Chair". FastCo Design. FastCo Design. 
  20. ^ "Ouya Kickstarter Page". 
  21. ^ "OUYA". Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  22. ^ Rose, Steve (18 September 2012). "SodaStream: Yves Béhar's fizzy drinks machine for the future". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Sustainability and notions of social good are the new values of the twenty-first century, and designers need to integrate them into every project they do, every relationship with industry that they have. We have a huge role to play in ensuring that these values are seen as assets; they must help create a product that is incredibly attractive, delightful, exciting, and commercially viable," from the forward by Behar in: Blossom, Eve (2011)Material Change: Design Thinking and the Social Entrepreneurship Movement p.6., Bellerophon Publications, Inc. ISBN 9781935202455
  24. ^ "NYC Condom". Dexigner. Dexigner. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  25. ^ http://wisesociety.it/video/yves-behar-creativita-per-tutti/
  26. ^ Bigelow, Catherine (24 May 2011). "Tipping Point Gala". SF Chronicle (SF Chronicle). Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "SF Moma". MoCo. MoCo. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  28. ^ "Yves Behar". Design Within Reach. Design Within Reach. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  29. ^ "Yves Behar". Design Indaba. Design Indaba. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  30. ^ "SAYL". Indesign Live. Indesign Live. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  31. ^ Van Dyk, Deidre (14 August 2007). "Top 25 Visionaries". Time Magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  32. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (19 March 2008). "Hand-powered laptop for poorer countries wins award". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  33. ^ "OLPC wins INDEX". Global Literacy Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  34. ^ Slevin, Jacob (30 August 2011). "Designer Yves Béhar Helps Children of Mexico See Better". Huffington Post (Huffington Post). Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  35. ^ "The Earth Awards". 
  36. ^ "The Power of Design". Cooltown Studios. Cooltown Studios. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  37. ^ "Autopia Yves Béhar: European car industry is tragically outdated". Wired UK. Wired UK. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  38. ^ "Fuseproject Featured on CNN's The Next List". IDSA. 
  39. ^ Contemporary Jewish Museum: "Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought" retrieved June 25, 2013

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