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Phnam Bagley

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Phnam is a Designer & Futurist from Paris with 15 years of experience creating cutting-edge hardware in Audio, Wearables, Neurotech/Biotech, Luxury & Fashion, Education, Sports, and Aerospace.

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Phnam holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Design from Strate in France and a Master of Science in Aerospace Architecture from the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture, University of Houston. She has spent her whole career in design agencies such as McKinsey Design, IDEO, Fjord and Lifestyledesign. She is an educator, serving as an adjunct professor of industrial design at California College of the Arts, and as a mentor at various incubators such as IndieBio and Founder Institute. With husband and business partner Mardis Bagley, she is the co-host of "Future Future", a video series that debunks design and imagines the future of everything.
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Design for a Better Future

The art of turning science fiction into reality.

How merging technology and design can solve all the world's problems, from healthcare to education.

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How do we manage our depleting natural resources as we continue to struggle with overpopulation? How do we build happier lives when we continue to fail to educate future generations? How do we stay both physically and socially connected to one another as we continue to isolate ourselves further with technology?

We all yearn for a world that works better, serves better, feels better. We want a world that works for us, not against us. However, few visionaries know how to execute ideas that radically enhance standards of living worldwide. By merging two worlds in creative ways - design and technology - designer and futurist Phnam Bagley exposes wonderful opportunities to build that better future for all.

Today, the process of merging technology and design can be lengthy and frustrating. Egos, top-heavy corporate bureaucracy, bad habits, lack of vision, and aversion to calculated risk-taking stand in the way of greatness.

By defining a future in contrast with today’s status quo, design and technology can find common grounds to support human flourishing and sustainable practices. This is also an occasion to think far and wide about opportunities and set up a solid foundation for the next generation of thought leaders and thought doers to build on. In choosing between soft evolution and radical revolution, history tells us that the greatest innovations happen by necessity, after surviving a period of desperation. The question is: do humans feel they are desperate enough to revolutionize the world they have built? If so, do they know where to start the transformation?

One example of subjects covered by the book is "The Future is Hackable". By merging performance, science and technology, we give humans the opportunity to hack their body’s capabilities and reach greater heights. Stimulating the motor cortex to reach our state of flow can help us learn movement faster. Shining near infrared light on specific areas of the brain has shown life-changing improvements to Alzheimer’s disease patients. Sleep quality can be hacked to ensure better energy and focus during the day. Children will have the opportunity to hack their school environment to suit their intellectual and emotional needs. Childhood Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be alleviated playing video games that feature closed feedback loops.

What if we could do more to hack, ease, expand and push the limits of homo sapiens and prepare ourselves for the next stage of our evolution, whether on Earth or off?

Other subjects include:

--The Future of Travel: how transportation technology, service robotics, low-touch economy, energy efficiency, pleasure, privacy and safety will evolve the way we move.
--The Future of Education: how aligning education with the future of work, supporting a child’s emotional wellbeing, welcoming neurodiversity, encouraging autonomy and acting sustainably will prepare our children for the world we are leaving them.
--The Future of Food: how technology can tackle the overpopulation problem, sustenance v. pleasure, cruelty v. responsibility, food design, hospitality and our relationship to the senses.
--The Future of Exploration: how humans are going to settle on the Moon and Mars, physical and mental health, the place of nature, living v. surviving.
--The Future of Sports: how pushing the limits of cognitive neuroscience, hyper-customizing protective equipment with generative design and 3D printing, and developing new biosensors will enhance performance and secure gold medals.

Phnam Bagley is a French industrial designer and aerospace architect. She has spent 20 years designing the future of many industries, including consumer electronics, biotech, education, wearables, luxury goods, safety and aerospace. She is the co-founder of Nonfiction, a design firm based in San Francisco that turns science fiction into reality for a better future. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startups, covering four continents. She is a rare breed of creatives that can solve highly technical problems and bring more humanity to the smallest detail of her designs. Her work includes designing a revolutionary educational system for Singapore and Japan, eco-friendly audio devices for The House of Marley, a neuro-primer that enhance Olympians’ performance for Halo Neuroscience, wearables that use electricity as medicine for Cala Health, paradigm-shifting Human Headphones, pressurized rovers for astronauts to explore the surface of Mars and more.

Workbook included for practical applications.

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  • Spent 4 years designing spacecraft, habitats and rovers for Mars. Holds a Master’s degree in aerospace architecture. Worked with NASA, ESA, SICSA and Mars Academy USA. Currently designing forward-thinking educational systems for Singapore and Japan to align with the future of work, autonomy and societal flourishing.
  • Speaks internationally on the subject of "Design for a Better Future" at universities (Northwestern, CCA, Shanghai, Changsha, Wuhan, Chengdu), design and technology conferences (TransTech, AIAS, AIGA), podcasts (Lens/Advanced Design, New Minds, Hive Masterclass), incubators (Founder Institute Silicon Valley, London, Singapore, Indonesia) and leadership organizations (Hive USA, France, Nigeria).
  • Amazing record of turning science fiction into commercially viable products. Examples include Halo Sport, the first consumer-grade neurostimulating wearable that helps learns movement faster, currently used by Olympians and professional sports teams like the SF Giants; Human Headphones, the first on-ear headphones without a band; Cala Trio, the first FDA-approved wearable that uses electricity as medicine to help tremor patients control their hands.
  • Adjunct professor of Industrial Design at California College of the Arts for 4 years. And Co-host of Future Future, a YouTube video series about design and the future of everything. 1,400 followers on Instagram, 200 followers on Facebook, 1200 followers on LinkedIn and growing.
  • Board advisor at Smart Kaya (African tech for Africans), Lovable Curves (volumewear for cisgender and transgender women), Elevate Structure (portable architecture) and ArchiCampground (micro-workspaces in nature).

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  • Update #1 - Week 1 down! Aug. 11, 2020

    Wow, what an amazing first week... We reached 120 pre-orders and raised $2,400! And all of this thanks to YOU!

    Let's not slow things ...

  • Franco Varriano
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 2:03 a.m.

    This sounds like an incredible resource! Beyond excited to see this come together!

    • Anonymous
      on Aug. 2, 2020, 7:31 p.m.

      Thank you so much Franco!

  • John Heinsen
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 2:22 a.m.

    So excited for you and wish you all the success you deserve form this effort. My coffee table awaits.

    • Anonymous
      on Aug. 2, 2020, 7:32 p.m.

      I promise to make the content and the cover worthy of your coffee table. Thanks for the support John.

  • Lara Rafeh
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 5:42 a.m.

    Can’t wait for this book by the incredibly talented and brilliant Phnam!

  • Carole Issa
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 5:48 a.m.

    Loving the topic Phnam and so looking forward to reading it! What an epic mission!

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 2, 2020, 7:35 p.m.

      Big mission, and loads of fun and discovery along the way!

  • Samuel Breikers
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 8:38 a.m.

    Have a great journey on the path of having success reaching your goals and dreams :)

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 2, 2020, 7:35 p.m.

      Thank you Samuel! I’m excited about this journey!

  • Sander Epema
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 3:24 p.m.

    Best of luck with the campaing Phnam!

    Looking forward to reading your book.

    All the best,


  • Blake Hudelson
    on Aug. 1, 2020, 5:08 p.m.

    Looking forward to this Phnam! Let us know if we can help in any way.

    Blake + Leona

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 2, 2020, 7:37 p.m.

      Thanks so much for the support and offer guys! Love ya.

  • Rhonda Proctor
    on Aug. 2, 2020, 3:27 a.m.

    Exciting concept exploration and exciting as you building your brand!

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 2, 2020, 7:38 p.m.

      I’m so excited about what I’m going to learn along the way :)

  • Sara Khalek
    on Aug. 2, 2020, 7 a.m.

    Excited to read your book!

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 2, 2020, 7:38 p.m.

      Thank you Sara! Been fun seeing you and the team on Fridays :)

  • Ellen Field
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 12:05 a.m.

    Really excited to read through this! Good luck (but I doubt you’ll have any trouble you can’t manage in getting this published)! Hope you and Mardis are doing well,

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 5, 2020, 7:40 p.m.

      Hi Ellen, thanks for the encouragements! I hope you're doing well and changing the world for the better as well.

  • paul stamper
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 12:10 a.m.


    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 5, 2020, 7:41 p.m.

      Thank you Paul. So very generous of you! Hope to see you again soon. I know Mardis would love that.

  • James Cockerille
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 2:02 p.m.

    Really looking forward to this. What an amazing growth path and intensity you're on (and have been on) since our fun days in Denmark. Kudos!

  • Timothy Uys
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 2:03 p.m.

    Hi Phnam, very excited to see you putting thoughts to paper. Looking forward to reading this.
    Kind regards.

  • Sookie LeMahieu
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 2:42 p.m.

    Can’t wait to read your new book. Ordered extra books for the Wednesday night spaghetti crew.

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 5, 2020, 7:43 p.m.

      Omg you are awesome! We miss you guys. An SB trip post-COVID is much needed.

  • Fifile Nguyen
    on Aug. 4, 2020, 7:14 p.m.

    So looking forward to reading and sharing your book!

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 5, 2020, 7:43 p.m.

      Love you!!

      • Anonymous
        on Aug. 5, 2020, 7:46 p.m.

        You tooooo <3

  • corey jones
    on Aug. 5, 2020, 9:08 p.m.

    Can’t wait to read it Phnam!!

    Looking forward to a better future!

    corey jones.

  • Tiffany Gaines
    on Aug. 5, 2020, 11:26 p.m.


    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 11, 2020, 12:14 a.m.

      Thanks Tiffany! I'm excited for your new life chapter as well!

  • Bill Meyer
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 4:39 a.m.

    I can't wait to read all the wisdom I know you'll share, Phnam!

  • Moises Olivares
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 4:50 p.m.

    So excited for you! 😃 Can’t wait to receive my copy and start reading it!

  • Leslie Rogers
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 6:27 p.m.

    Hi Phnam! I met you at the hive conference. We are unschooling our 12 year old who has a mad scientist grandma with a full on maker studio in our house. We are excited to read your book and to get immersed in these emergent technologies for creative endeavors and invention. Looking forward to receiving a copy.

  • Kunhyoung Kim
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 6:32 p.m.

    Best of luck! If I could predict the future, I'd predict it'd be an international hit :)

  • Robert Alexander
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 8:37 p.m.

    Please sign my book as possible! You are so amazing and such a pleasure to meet you fron the TTA

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 11, 2020, 12:16 a.m.

      Oh yes, all pre-orders will be signed. Thank you for the support Robert.

  • Joern Vicari
    on Aug. 6, 2020, 10:34 p.m.

    Hi Phnam! I saw this now from your FB and I'm so happy that I can be a part of your publishing process! Eunju and I can't wait to read the book! Cheers!!!

  • Benjamin Koch
    on Aug. 7, 2020, 12:02 a.m.

    Can't wait to see it and also see the impact it can have on other designers and creatives!

  • Hoi Leong Lee
    on Aug. 7, 2020, 1:19 a.m.

    Great message in the video! Let's create a better future together!

    • Phnam Bagley
      on Aug. 11, 2020, 12:18 a.m.

      Thank you Hoi, and thanks for all that you do!

  • Trung Tran
    on Aug. 7, 2020, 3:17 a.m.

    Great sources ! Many thanks for your works and undoubtedly supported !

  • Brendan Hayes
    on Aug. 7, 2020, 10:41 p.m.

    Love everything you’re up to! Can’t wait for the book to drop :)

  • Thanh Nguyen
    on Aug. 9, 2020, 5:29 p.m.

    Excited to learn and explore your book! Congrats on a step closer and hope to see this published. Cheers!

  • Asbjørn Mejlvang
    on Aug. 11, 2020, 6:38 a.m.

    Depending on when you release the ebook I hope it will be a valueable resource for my master thesis in design for next spring.

  • Hento Ong
    on Aug. 12, 2020, 6:18 p.m.

    Great work Phnam. Keep it up!