Bespoke Bodies

The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

Pre-order our latest publication, Bespoke Bodies!

Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics, by Amanda Hawkins and Sam Aquillano, is a 200-page publication featuring the past, present, and future of prosthetic design and impact including: a 500-year history of prosthetics, stories of design changing the lives of people with limb-loss, and seven guest thought leadership essays spanning global impact, athletic performance, bionics, and more. The book is an accompanying resource to Design Museum’s exhibition of the same name, which you can explore further on the program page. Curious about our approach? Read about our process.

Pre-order your books now for delivery between December 31, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Books will be mailed in the order they’re placed. 

About the Book

Advancements in medicine, robotics, and 3D printing have transformed the intersection between the human body and technology. For the researchers and innovators around the world working to improve the field of prosthetics, design plays a critical role in humanizing new technology and allowing people to customize and integrate devices into their lives like never before. 45 case studies featuring stories from professional athletes, veterans, kids, and more consider contemporary prosthetic design from functional, aesthetic, and social perspectives. From DIY inventions to the development of mind-controlled bionic limbs, patients, clinicians, designers, and artists demonstrate the meaningful impact of human-centered design on our lives, and ultimately, the future of our mobility.

Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics also features 7 long-form articles by amputees, prosthetists, designers, advocates, and doctors, including:

  • Krista Donaldson, Equalize Health (formerly known as D-Rev)
  • Dr. Shriya Srinivasan, co-developer of the Ewing Procedure
  • Sophie de Oliveira Barata, The Alternative Limb Project
  • Kaylee Dougherty, Boston Ocular Prosthetics
  • Wafa Lavelle, Advocate and Peer Supporter
  • Paul Sohi, Autodesk Designer
  • Brian Heckathorn, CPO, Hanger Clinic

About the Amputee Coalition

Today, almost 2 million Americans have experienced amputations or were born with limb difference. Another 28 million people in our country are at risk for amputation. The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss. With the generous support of the public, we are helping amputees live well with limb loss, raising awareness about limb loss prevention and ensuring amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to live full, thriving lives. Our Mission: To reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention.


Published December 2020

Design Museum Press

Paperback 200 pages

Language: English

Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 10 inches

In Partnership with:

$5 from every book sold until January 31, 2021 will be donated directly to the Amputee Coalition!