Monday, April 14, 2014
Stanford's Center for Longevity announced the finalists and ultimate winners last week for their inaugural design challenge, with the top honors (and $10,000) going to Sha Yao from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for her project “EatWell.” which involved the design of tableware specifically for people with Alzheimer's. As explained in Stanford News:
"For example, blue was chosen as the color of the insides of bowls because dementia sufferers can become confused when food and bowl have similar colors, according to Smith. As spills are common when bowls are tipped to get the final bits out, Yao designed a slanted bottom that eliminates the need to tip. The cups have low centers of gravity and are difficult to knock over."
Descriptions of all the finalists' projects were reported by National Public Radio here, along with a photo of the top winner's project.