I was rather disappointed in the presentation by Amy Tan - I had been looking forward to this one. But I just couldn't figure out what she was talking about.
Yves Behar is best known for his design of the Jawbone headset, the Leaf Lamp, and the $100 PC for the One-Laptop-Per-Child project. I loved his tour of some of his designs and his process in designing . He described how he came to Silicon Valley and started working on the 'skins', but quickly progressed to design of the whole product. He had a couple of choice lines: "Do people really want a Num Lock key in their homes?" and "Advertising is the price companies pay for being un-original". In his work on the One-Laptop-Per-Child project, he finally got rid of the Cap Lock and Num Lock keys he'd hated for years! He seems to demonstrate that designers get started early in life - his first design combined his love for both skiing and wind-surfing, when he created something that had a sail attached to a sled with skis on the bottom. Ugly undoubtedly, dangerous for sure, it certainly portended his future life.