Human Beans create provocative concepts.
We make fictional products by hacking commercial culture and we design new services by working with real people
Our aim is to challenge assumptions and point in new directions, we diffuse our thinking through spam, the press, shop shelves and exhibitions.
Our work is mostly self directed, but we also accept commissions.
Human beans is a collaboration between advertising creative and designer Mickael Charbonnel and design strategist Chris Vanstone.
If you want to commission Human Beans or feature their work contact:
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HearWear, RNID, Blueprint
U, Film script
Karmaphone, Fictional product
Neurocount, Fictional product
Live, Fictional product
Safe & Mobile, with Central Saint Martins Design Against Crime Research Initiative
November 2002, Ongoing,
Dial-an-Elf, Christmas fiction
YOU'D BETTA WATCH OUT!, Central Saint Martins Design Against Crime Research Initiative
December 2002, Link
Wow - I can't believe it's still dirty!, Fictional products
Camera Accessories Design, Kodak
User Research and Concept Development for APS Cameras, Kodak
Secure Futures?, Fictional products
Movers and Shakers The 40 most exciting and soulful artists of 2003, Utne Arts Extra
January 2003, Download pdf (1.3 MB)
The Unreal Thing, ID
April 2001, Download pdf (1.3 MB)
Grime and Punishment , Designboom.com
10 October 2001, Link
Anti-Diefstal Design (Anti- crime Design),De Ingenieur
31 August 2001
Dish the dirt, New Design Magazine
Secure Futures?, New Design Magazine,
MOMA, New York
Opening October 2006
HearWear, The future of hearing
July 2005 - March 2006
What You Looking At?- Agenda driven product design from the UK.
Spring, New York
July - September 2005
Spam: from Human Beans.
Galleri Neurotitan, Berlin
Wow - I canít believe itís still dirty... in Need: Core 77
Gallery 71, New York
Wow - I canít believe itís still dirty! in Dirty Washing
Design Museum, London
August - September 2001
Secure Futures? in Donít Tempt Me!,
Studio Zeus, Milan & OíFlynn Studio, Barcelona
Human Beans write a column for New York design network Core 77.
DesignMai 2004 - New European Design in Berlin
What Use are People Anyway? - Our opinion on Using Users.
November 2004, Link
Consuming Design - Thomas Heatherwick's Conran Collection.
March 2004, Link
The Dress Doesn't Make the Monk. London Design Festival round up on Core77.
October 2003, Link
Props for a Non-Existent Script, RCA Design Products 2003
August 2003, Link
Beyond Imagination - Trial and Error in architectural models
July 2003, Link
Designmai, Berlin's first design festival
June 2003, Link
Milan furniture fair picture special
May 2003, Link
Designer of the Year competition
April 2003, Link
February 7 2003, Link
Doors of Perception, Flow
January 2003, Link
Swiss Expo '02
Protein is Good for You, Freq 4 - Collaborative Systems
October 2002, Link