Eric Lalande

Specialized in Care Design.

Eric Lalande

About Eric Lalande

Eric Lalande is a designer, technologist, and artist. Various fields of interest feed his everyday design work. With experience in design, engineering, aerospace, and crafts, he brings his unique point of view to each new project and endeavor. With a strong emphasis on functionality and user experience, most of Eric's designs incorporate inclusive features to allow for more people to use them.

  • Winner of 2 A' Design Awards.
  • Specialized in Care Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Care
  • Medical Product
Albatross Inclusive Shaver

Albatross Inclusive Shaver

Care Design

Esc Syringes Transport Container

Esc Syringes Transport Container

Medical Product Design


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Interview with Eric Lalande

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
As a kid I would always try to figure out how objects and products were made. Eventually, it was just a natural progression.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like designing useful products with an inclusive element in them.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
The paperclip. It is a useful, simple, cost-effective, and recognizable design. It may not be very fashionable but it represents what design is to me.
When do you feel the most creative?
It's not something I fully control (yet). It just happens. I rely on instinct.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
The end user's experience. I am interested in creating products that won't end up being dust collectors on a shelf ;).
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
Excited. It's the same feeling I had as a kid when unwrapping Christmas presents.
What makes a design successful?
A successful design is something that is actually used. Its purpose is to improve the experience of the end-user.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
A bad design generally has over-styling with little or no significant usefulness.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
That's a good question... Eventually, everyone will be able to design their own products with the help or rapid prototyping at home.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Inspiration comes from anywhere. It can be from music, arts, muscle cars, and manufacturing processes.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
We have the opportunity to experience four distinct seasons in Canada. That might have some sort of influence. The constant transformation of our environment throughout the year could be an influence on my design.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
It's all about "fit". There has to be some sort of connection between a company and a designer.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
I usually start with a rough 3D model and then rework it until I feel it's ready. For the Albatross project, I made fifty-two designs before being satisfied.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
I have an original Luxo drafting lamp. After fifty years, it's still working like a new one.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
I don't have a specific list of tools. I use the best tool for each job. The bigger your toolbox is, the more options you have.
What was your most important job experience?
Working for a pipe organ manufacturer in my twenties. I had the privilege to work in a traditional shop.

Extended Interview with Eric Lalande

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
As a kid, I would always try to figure out how objects and products were made. Eventually, it was just a natural progression.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Personally, a good design is something that is useful. A "nice" product kept on a shelf and never used has no interest to me.
You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
My opinion on this issue is very simple: We are in the business of creating value. Value-added products should bring more sales.
What is your day to day look like?
I always incorporate inclusive elements in my designs. If I had the time (and resources), my next project would be something related to mobility.
Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
Get a job in a shop. Find a job where you have to work with your hands. I had the privilege in my twenties to work for a pipe organ builder. This helped me better understand the relationship between design and manufacturing.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Making something better. Anything can be designed or redesigned.

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