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Yves Béhar

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**Biography and Career**:
– Yves Béhar, born in 1967 in Lausanne, Switzerland, studied drawing and industrial design in Europe and the United States.
– He received a bachelor of science degree in industrial design from the Art Center College of Design in 1991.
– Béhar worked at design firms like frog design and Lunar Design before founding Fuseproject in 1999.
– He chaired the Industrial Design Program at California College of the Arts from 2005-2012.
– Béhar’s design firm, Fuseproject, specializes in industrial design and brand management, working across various sectors like fashion, lifestyle, sports, and technology.
– Notable clients of Fuseproject include Herman Miller, PUMA, General Electric, Samsung, and Prada.

**Design Ventures and Social Impact**:
– Yves Béhar advocates for sustainable design with a focus on social impact.
– He is a member of the Founders Circle of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
– Béhar has collaborated with organizations like Jawbone, One Laptop per Child, and Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor for social good projects.
– Notable designs by Béhar include the Jawbone JAMBOX, OLPC XO laptop, and eyeglasses for the See Better to Learn Better program.
– He is the principal designer of the SPRING Accelerator program supporting businesses impacting adolescent girls in poverty.

**Design Projects and Collaborations**:
– Yves Béhar served as Chief Creative Officer of Jawbone from 2003 to 2017, where he redesigned branding, packaging, and products.
– Other design work includes collaborations like redesigning the NYC Condom logo, creating an open game platform with Ouya, and designing the Source home soda machine with SodaStream International.
– Béhar has introduced innovative products like the Snoo Bassinet with Harvey Karp and The Frame smart TV with Samsung.
– Notable unsuccessful products include Vessyl, an intelligent drinking glass, and the Juicero juicer.

**Awards and Recognition**:
– Yves Béhar is the only designer with two Index: Awards and received the Swiss Institute Honoree award in 2017.
– He won the Design Visionary Award from Design Miami in 2015 and the INDEX award for the OLPC XO laptop in 2011.
– Béhar has been recognized by Fast Company, Time Magazine, and The Earth Awards for his innovative designs.
– His work has been featured in museums like MoMA and SFMoMA, and he has been acknowledged for sustainability efforts and social impact projects.

**Media Presence and Professional Associations**:
– Yves Béhar has been featured on CNN’s The Next List and in publications like Wired UK and Vanity Fair.
– His work has been exhibited at SFMOMA and MoMA.
– Béhar is associated with Fuseproject and is part of professional associations like Design Within Reach and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum collection.
– He is involved with organizations like Design Indaba and the Global Literacy Foundation, showcasing his commitment to design and social entrepreneurship.

Yves Béhar (Wikipedia)

Yves Béhar (born 1967) is a Swiss-born American designer, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the founder and principal designer of Fuseproject, an industrial design and brand development firm. Béhar is also the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of August Smart Lock, a smart lock company acquired by Assa Abloy in 2017; and co-founder of Canopy, a co-working space based in San Francisco.

Yves Béhar
Béhar in 2010
Born1967 (age 56–57)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Other namesYves Behar
EducationB.S. Art Center College of Design
Occupation(s)Industrial designer, entrepreneur, educator
Sabrina Buell
(m. 2017)
Béhar in 2008
Béhar in 2008

In 2011, the Conde Nast Innovation and Design Awards recognized him as Designer of the Year. His clients have included Herman Miller, Movado, PUMA, Kodak, MINI, Western Digital, See Better to Learn Better, General Electric, Swarovski, Samsung, SNOO'S Happiest Baby Smart Bassinet, Jimmyjane, Prada and Cobalt Robotics.

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