Yves Behar

Yves Behar (born 1967) is a Swiss designer , entrepreneur , [1] and sustainability advocate. [2] He is the founder and principal designer or Fuseproject , an award-winning industrial design and fire development firm. [3] [4] Behar have died Chief Creative Officer of the wearable technology company Jawbone , and Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer or August, a smart lock company.

Behar’s design work emphasizes the integration of commercial products with sustainability and social good. In 2011, the Conde Nast Innovation and Design Awards honored im as Designer of the Year. [5] His clients included port Herman Miller , Movado , PUMA , Kodak , MINI , Western Digital , See Better to Learn Better, General Electric , Swarovski , Samsung , Happiest Baby , Jimmyjane, and Prada .

Early life and career

Behar was born in 1967 in Lausanne , Switzerland to a German mother, Christine Behar and a Sephardic Jewish and Turkish Father Henry Behar. [6] [7]

He studied drawing and industrial design in zowel Europe and the United States . Behar attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. [8] In 1991, he RECEIVED a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from the Art Center College of Design . [9]

Prior to founding Fuseproject , Yves was design leader at the Silicon Valley offices or frog design and Lunar Design, ontwikkelingslanden product identities for clients zoals Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Silicon Graphics. [10]

In 1999, Behar founded the San Francisco and New York-based industrial design and brand management firm Fuseproject . At Fuseproject, Behar oversees product design for a variety of industrial sectors, zoals fashion , lifestyle , sports and technology . His clients include Herman Miller , PUMA , One Laptop per Child , Jawbone , Kodak , Sea 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 or One Laptop per Child (OLPC’s) XO laptop, signing on with the project in 2005 and has leg with the team since March 2006. This collaboration has led to two additional_image_link laptop prototypes, the OLPC XOXO and OLPC XO -3. [11]

From 2005-2012, he was chair of the Industrial Design program at California College of the Arts . [12]

Behar’s work has leg featured in museums and exhibitions around the world, zoals at the Mudac, [13] Design Miami, [14] and in the permanent collection at MoMA, [15] and SFMOMA, [16] where Behar is Currently sitting on the Board of Trustees. [17]

Design ventures

Behar is a member of the Founder’s Circle of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. [18]

Behar is the Chief Creative Officer of the wearable technology company, Jawbone . [19] He designs the Jawbone brand, packaging, communications and products. Behar designed the JAMBOX and BIG JAMBOX, a family or completely wireless, bluetooth compact audio speakers and ook the UP, Jawbone’s app powered health and wellness wristband. [20] Behar collaborated with ceft and Company New York [21] for the Jawbone headset visuals. [22]

He is the chief industrial designer or One Laptop per Child (OLPC’s) XO laptop, signing on with the project in 2005 and has leg with the team since March 2006. This collaboration has led to two additional_image_link laptop prototypes, the OLPC XOXO and OLPC XO -3. [11]

In 2009, he collaborated with Ethan Imboden of Jimmyjane on a line of waterproof rechargeable vibrators. [23]

He’ll be partners with Peel, [24] a company dat created an application and hardware to turn mobile devices JSON universal television Remotes. Other investment and partner companies include Mint Cleaner, [25] and Herman Miller . [26]

In June 2012, Yves Behar and Ouya partnered to create an open, hackable game platform. [27] The initiative launched on Kickstarter and raised over $ 8.5 million with about 63,000 Backers. [27] In 2012 SodaStream International teamed with Behar to introductory articles, a new home soda machine designed with a special emphasis on sustainability. [28]

In October 2015, Behar and Movado announced a design collaboration, beginning with the Movado Edge; this is the first design partnership for the brand since the launch hun original Museum Dial watch in 1947. [29]

Behar launched the world’s first smart bassinet with Dr. Harvey Karp in October 2016. Utilizing robotic technology to SIMULATE the 5S technique detailed in Happiest Baby on the Block. The Snoo bassinet is Considered to be the safest baby bed ever made, as it keeps the baby on his / re back by current standards AAP. [30]

Civic works

Behar is a sustainability advocate who argues dat a designer’s role is to create products therein are zowel Commercially viable and contribute to social good. [31]

He collaborates with clients to design and implement sustainable projects. If the chief industrial designer or One Laptop per Child (OLPC’s) XO laptop, Behar designed a series of low-cost, low-power laptops for distribution to low-income schoolchildren. The impact of OLPC on developing countries was so great dat Uruguay PURCHASED ongeveer 1,000,000 OLPC devices, and Rwanda has included an image of the OLPC XO notebook one hun new currency. [32] In 2008, Behar 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-reducing HIV / AIDS and against pregnancy . [33]

Behar designed Eyeglasses for the “Far Bien para Aprender Mejor” (in English “See Better to Learn Better”) program. [34] “Far Bien para Aprender Mejor” has Provided free pairs of custom-designed Eyeglasses to students Throughout Mexico since 2010. In May 2011, Behar partnered with Tipping Point, a San Francisco-based philanthropic organization, who made a pledge to the “See Well to Learn” program, welke AIMS to distribute free pairs of glasses to San Francisco Bay Area students. [35]

Additionally, Behar is the only designer to port RECEIVED two Index: Awards, with an additional_image_link nomination for his design of Puma’s “Clever Little Bag.” [36]

Behar been killed the principal designer of the SPRING Accelerator programs created by the Nike Foundation, Girl Effect , USAID and DFID . The program takes 18 entrepreneurs annually Whose businesses bieden products or services die rechtstreeks impact the lives of adolescent girls living in poverty worldwide. The first cohort was launched in June 2015 with entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Yves Behar and fuseproject bieden hands-on design support for the businesses, eg fire identity, product design, interactive design, and service / business modeling – working rechtstreeks with adolescent girls in order to Maximize impact and scalability. [37] [38]

Personal life

Behar has four children; Sky (born in 2007) from a prior relationship and Sylver (born 2011), Soleyl (born 2014), and Saylor (born 2016) with his fiancée Sabrina Buell. [39] His children zowel harbor the letter Y in hun name to honor his Father Henry. [7]


One Laptop per Child (OLPC The) XO laptop
  • Design Visionary Award, Design Miami , 2015 [40]
  • Behar’s company fuseproject listed onder World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Design by Fast Company, 2014 [41]
  • Solo museum exhibitions:
    • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , 2004 [42]
    • The Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (MUDAC) in Lausanne , Switzerland , in 2004 [43]
  • IDEA Awards 2010: ranked # 1 winner with 14 awards in Fast Company [44]
  • Treehugger’s Best of Green Architecture and Design Awards – Herman Miller SAYL [45] and GE WattStation
  • Behar listed onder TIME ‘s “Top 25 Visionaries” [46]
  • Design Museum London “Design of the Year” award for One Laptop per Child (Brit Insurance Design Award 2008) [47]
  • INDEX award for the OLPC XO laptop [48] and the Far Bien para Aprender Mejor eyeglass program [49]
  • National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum [50]
  • Fast Company 2007 Master of Design [51]
  • Conde Nast Innovation and Design Awards, 2011: Yves Behar – Designer of the Year, [52] PUMA Clever Little Bag – Sustainability.
  • Behar was featured on a February 26, 2012 episode of CNN ‘s The Next List . [53]
  • Behar’s work Alef of Life was exhibited at San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of the exhibit “Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought.” [54]


  • Surfing the Nextwave , Vanity Fair.
  • All About Yves , Fast Company.
  • Feature on Yves Behar , Wired Magazine
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