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Sam Farber redesigned OXO good grips, inspired by his wife's arthritis

Although the inspiration for the Good Grips range was his wife’s arthritis, entrepreneur Sam Farber not only made a beautiful product specifically helping older adults, but has been successful in meeting everyday needs for everyone

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In light of his passing, Sam Farber's work and impact will live on. His story was a tale that was told in many different design classes at my program about thinking and empathizing with others that we can takeaway for this challenge. He worked with Smart Design and created several products. He also brought attention to our basic human need as we get older, which benefited everyone and won several awards.

From NYTimes article, "Farber knew housewares — he had founded Copco, a maker of brightly colored enameled cast-iron cookware, in 1960 and run the company before selling it in 1982. He immediately discerned a gap in the market: kitchen devices that were as comfortable as they were functional, designed not only for cooks with hand problems but for all cooks."

http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/case-studies/oxo-good-grips/

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Photo of Delia Kulukundis

Nice example - I really like how these don't carry a kind of stigma of being "for people with disabilities," but are just great products in general. (I've had the same GoodGrips peeler for the last 10 years or so, and love it) Part of this is probably in the marketing - at least in places like Bed Bath and Beyond, they are sold alongside other kitchen tools, and not explicitly called out as "for people with hand problems."

Photo of Meena Kadri

Great points Delia. Reminded me of encouragement from somewhere else on the challenge, that we should 'design for our future selves.' I'm sure that as we age, we'll be keen on designs that support our needs *and* our dignity.