Giving a hand – high design for prosthetics

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Design challenges are not new. They’re all over television and exist on every design college’s campus. Recently, however, Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts produced a design challenge like none I’ve seen before. Titled, The Prosthetics Project , the 10-week project challenged 3-d design students to produce design work focused on upper limb prosthetics.

Design fans easily get caught up in the glam worlds of car design and fashion design and interior design. This class’ work is design at its best: problem solving and challenging conventional thought.

The work was not entirely about redesigning the limb. Some were decorative, like Celine Bouchez’s Silver Arm. While others, like Matt Luckhurst’s Stretch Buttons, aimed to help amputees. All were pretty remarkable and thought provoking.