John Heskett has passed away

Yesterday John Heskett passed away.
John was an INDEX: Award jury member, but so much more than that:
He was a very dear friend and our mentor, who stayed with us from the very start of INDEX: Design to Improve Life®.

Without John and his immense in-sight into design and into people, we would not have been where we are now.
One of the many, many things he did for us was to coin the phrase, that enabled us to look upon design in an entirely new way.
This is what he said: ‘Design is the human capacity to shape and make our environments in ways that satisfy our needs and give meaning to our lives’.

Design is the human capacity to shape and make our environments in ways that satisfy our needs and give meaning to our lives

In the last weeks of John’s life friends and family secured his on-line presents – especially so for all the design students of the world that will not have the privilege of meeting John face to face. You can find it here: johnheskett.com

John will be remembered for his writings and teaching and for the way he influenced generations of design students.
But most of all he will be remembered as the unique and caring soul he was.
With John’s passing there is a shadow less in our world. A shadow cast by a giant. We will miss him dearly.

The team at INDEX: Design to Improve Life®

John’s daughter Ingrid, has begun a fundraising campaign to help The Martlets Hospice, which took good care of John during the last month of his life.
The Martlets Hospice provides care for adults with terminal illnesses. They look after patients with care and compassion and offer emotional support to families facing bereavement.
They have an 18 bed Inpatient Unit and run a Hospice at Home service. Therefore, they must raise £9,000 per day to provide their services.
If you can, please help Ingrid and The Martlets Hospice by donating here.

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