The Faste Foundation advances design and its social impact through open source technology and design education.
We are a nonprofit design organization with deep roots at the origins of human-centered design. Located in Silicon Valley with strong ties to the community, our board of directors includes educators and leaders in nonprofit management as well as noted designers in academia and industry. We are supported by a broad network of professional designers and student volunteers.
Professor Rolf Faste (1943-2003) was a pioneer of human-centered design and a dedicated design educator at Stanford University. Learn more about Rolf ▸
The Faste design archive includes about 100 boxes of Rolf’s files, drawings and notes on design dating back to the late 1960s. It also has several thousand books on design, art, and education, and an impressive collection of resources for design education.
Our goal is to digitize and share as much of this content as possible, invite everyone in the online community to collaborate, and establish a physical space to advance design creativity and scholarship.
What if design thinking was totally open source? We believe the best design is participatory and accessible to all, which is why we’re building an open technology platform to facilitate a new kind of collaborative and democratic innovation.
It’s like Wikipedia for design thinking: open source design tools for everyone. We call this project The Creativity Kernel. The tools we are building are designed and developed by the crowd. The code for the kernel is open source, and generated content is part of the creative commons.