Inhabitat carries an Q&A with Yves Behar which explore his approach to design and how his design is evolving to consider sustainability. An extract:
Inhabitat: With your Leaf LED lamp design and The One Laptop Per Child project you’ve clearly expressed an interest in socially responsibility and “giving back to the planet”. However, these themes don’t run through all your work, but rather seem particular to each individual project. Based on your experiences with these two designs – one dealing specifically with social responsibility and the other with environmental responsibility – how do you view the emerging “sustainable design” movement?
Yves: Every single project we currently work on has an element of sustainability and/or social responsibility, this is very different from even 2-3 years ago. What has been very interesting is that traditionally a green message was easier to build into smaller start-up style projects, but today we are working on large corporate efforts where design and sustainability are central to the problem at hand. Some of the changes we can make as designers on mainstream consumption products have a great impact because of the shear scale these products are manufactured in.
I do think that design has many creative answers to current challenges, and many different tools exist to sustainability. So the key is for designers to use the many different avenues to affect true change.