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November 13, 2017 | | View Comments

Hi there!

We’re working on our next big exhibition at Design Museum Boston: Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics. It’s an amazing time to look at this field through the lens of design. Thoughts of artificial limbs may conjure up movie imagery like Star-Wars-hero Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic hand in The Empire Strikes Back — in reality these devices are even more meaningful and, in some cases, just as high-tech — pushing boundaries for veterans who have lost limbs in combat, paralympic athletes breaking records with adaptive technology, and even a young girl who designed and 3D-printed her own glitter-spouting “unicorn” arm, just to name a few.

Behind these incredible devices are engineers, clinicians, prosthetists, makers, designers, and of course, patients. Over 2 million people in the U.S. live with limb loss. The exhibition we’re developing will feature amazing artifacts alongside the stories of the people who create, fit, and use prosthetics. To complement this first-of-its-kind exhibition, we’ll host events featuring prosthetics users, medical experts, and industry thought leaders, as well as produce a major print publication of all the imagery, research, and exhibition content.

We need your help to launch this important program in 2018. The content we’re curating alongside our Content Advisory Committee (see list below) is world-class. Help us raise $10,000 and launch Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics.

Please consider making a year-end gift — your support makes our work to bring the transformative power of design everywhere possible — we have some great benefits listed below to recognize your generosity.

Thank you! I look forward to launching this new exhibition with you!

– Sam Aquillano, Executive Director

Give $25

  • Receive a personal OR virtual high-five! We’ll tag #DMProsthetics and make it Insta-famous!

Give $50

  • Recognition in Design Museum Magazine alongside photos from Bespoke Bodies.
  • Admission and recognition at upcoming Design Museum MorningsUNITE events focused on prosthetics design featuring insights from industry leaders.
  • Plus the high five!

Give $100

  • Recognition of  your gift in the upcoming Bespoke Bodies: Design & Craft of Prosthetics book!
  • Receive a limited edition Design is Everywhere t-shirt.
  • Plus everything above!

Give $250

  • Recognition in  the exhibition — your name on the opening wall!
  • Receive a private tour of the Bespoke Bodies for you and a friend – we will walk you through the exhibition, providing insights along the way!
  • Plus everything above!


Give $500

  • Be the first to receive a signed copy of our forthcoming Bespoke Bodies book (with your name in it!).
  • Plus everything above!

Give $1,000+

  • Get a first look of the exhibition. Join us the evening before the public opening for an intimate look at Bespoke Bodies with our Executive Director.
  • Receive an advanced digital proof of our forthcoming Bespoke Bodies book, we’ll include your testimonial in the printed book and give you 3 signed copies!
  • Plus everything above!

Content Advisory Committee

  • Tara Anderson, Director of Product Management, 3D Systems
  • Kate Aquillano, Social Media Manager, USO
  • Adam Arabian, Assoc. Prof. of Mechanical Engineering, SPU
  • Andreas Bastian, Principal Research Scientist, Autodesk, Technology Advisory Board, Limb Forge
  • Kaylee Dougherty, Associate Ocularist & Anaplastologist, Boston, Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ashley Gibson, Assistant Director, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA
  • Betsy Goodrich, VP Design & Co-founder, Manta
  • Claudia Harper, Principal Scientist, Biogen
  • Braden Leonard, Amputee & Crash Test Dummy, Outradius Design LLC
  • Mack McFarland, Director, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA
  • Shalom Ormsby, Experience Designer, Autodesk
  • Jen Reeves, Founder, Born Just Right
  • Micah Reyes, Design Engineer, Outradius Design LLC
  • Rodrigo Salazar, Rehabilitación Bucomaxilofacial
  • Lauren Scruggs, Co-founder, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation
  • Wilson Smith, Senior Designer, Nike Inc.
  • Paul Sohi, Product Designer, Autodesk
  • Kevin Young, SVP Product Experience, Continuum


Images Courtesy of LimbForge, Nike, 3D Systems, and Autodesk