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How public-health crises spur major design innovation

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One of the few silver linings of a global health crisis is that it can spur major design innovation. A famous example is the molded plywood leg splint, designed by husband and wife design duo Charles and Ray Eames as a way to transport wounded soldiers during World War II. After the war, the Eameses continued to explore molded plywood, and it became their signature production technique, leading to iconic pieces of mid-century modern furniture that remain incredibly popular today.

COVID-19 has been no different. Last year, at the height of the pandemic, a quarter of Fast Company‘s Innovation by Design Award winners came from the healthcare sector, showcasing creative solutions that spanned disciplines, from industrial design to architecture. There was a 3D-printed nasal swab shaped to make testing more comfortable for patients. There........

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