Art Center Summit 2010: Projects & Partnerships in Sustainable Design

Leslie Evans

Graduate Industrial Design 2011

After her graduation from Art Center in spring 2011, Leslie Evans now holds degrees in each discipline of the holy trinity— design, business and engineering. In 2004 she earned Bachelor of Science degrees from Penn Engineering and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. She then worked as a materials engineer helping keep planes flying in the sky. In her words, “As a designer and problem solver, I’m interested in having fun and coming up with solutions that make good sense.”


Vespera Hairdryer


Featured in Product Design In the Sustainable Era, Taschen 2010
Art Center Student Gallery

Product Description

A hairdryer is easily taken for granted—they’re cheap to buy and easy to throw away. Vespera is a hairdryer created under the philosophy that sustainability should drive design. Vespera performs the same functions as hairdryers currently found on the market, but is constructed in a much different way. It supports a more sustainable life cycle, from manufacturing to product disposal.

Sustainable Goals & Strategies

A typical hairdryer and its packaging uses more than 20 materials, including five different plastics alone. The main design goals were reducing the number of raw materials in the hairdryer, and designing the product to be easily disassembled and returned to the manufacturer for recycling and reuse. Vespera’s intelligent design eliminates seven materials from its body, power cord and packaging. Because the handle and fan are not near the heat sources, PLA bio-plastics can be used. A take-back system encourages users to send Vespera back to the manufacturer.