Mickael Boulay

Designer

What is your passion?

Re-invent today’s relevant challenges so that tomorrow is (even) brighter. I do have a focus for challenges which are related to health and care.

 

What is important for you?

Involving people (end-users, stakeholders etc) as early as possible in the process. And when possible, I enjoy starting to change things from today on, not in X years. This is how I believe we can truly empower people.

 

How do you Label yourself?

I try not to!

 

How do you relate to the field of well-being?

Well-being is a lot about caring for yourself and/or for others, be it physically, mentally, and socially. The synthesis of all that seems to define what we actually call “being healthy”.

 

What is well-being for you? How does it reflect in your work?

In my work, I do my best to always cover those three dimensions (physical, mental, social). Doing so helps to provide solutions which will be as human as possible, because not focusing on one single aspect.

 

Well-being is Human Centered. How to reach people and connect?

I put a lot of effort in reaching people from the beginning on. I consider anyone I meet as an expert. A daily end-user of ‘that’ product is an expert of ‘that’ product.

 

What do you do for the world & what is your input?

Together with users, I am defining and shaping the things that will empower them (or ‘us’ in some cases) to do what they truly wanted to do.

 

How would your work influence the future?

I enjoyed working on today, on now. But I believe that a better ‘now’, means also a better ‘tomorrow’, isn’t it?

 

How do you explain to your family what your doing?

Unfortunately, we are all facing (or have someone around us facing) health challenges. So it is pretty clear to my family what I am investing my time and skills in.

 

To whom do you feel connected and target your work?

People who need it, today.

 

How do others benefit most from what you do?

People I work with and for are involved in the process of shaping their own future. Therefore they enjoyed sharing their own present experience, sharing how they approach the things daily etc. I value and use their input, so they feel very responsible to provide the best input they can.

 

When talking about design what do you want to be associated with.

Creating a caring society through design.

 

What kind of media are you working with? (skills & programs you use)

Throughout the process, my toolbox is quite organic : from user experience research and co-creation sessions, to prototyping hardware (tangible prototypes) and software. Those are often put to the test with users to envision or evaluate what we are working on.

 

I do make a lot of use of digital fabrication (laser cutter, 3d printer, milling machines etc) as it is a great way to combine physical and digital data.

 

What type of assignment do you feel comfortable with? (keep your ideal client/ project in mind!)

I do have a fascination for projects where some technology is involved as it is far from being a ‘neutral’ material.

 

For example, there has been a lot done on the ‘quantified self’ side, but is that what we truly need? What are the consequences of that on people? I’d like to move from ‘quantified self’ to ‘qualified self’ and focus on what data is truly useful, insightful and, before anything, relevant. And how to bring it accross to people in ways that will empower them.

 

Website: www.mickaelboulay.fr

Contact info: mickaelboulay (at) gmail.com

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