Herschel Ruben is from Baltimore, Maryland where he is a Product Design major at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His professional interests are in ergonomics and designing products around user needs and behaviors by assessing and responding to human factors. His biggest strengths are understanding spatial constraints, an instinctive awareness of how things work—the mechanics and human factors in the design of objects and systems and how they intersect, and making things come to life. He values sustainability, community, and balance.
The Compressent Desk Chair is for individuals on the autism spectrum who experience overstimulation of the nervous system and need a calming mechanism in order to be productive in their everyday lives. Deep pressure touch, particularly when it can be self-controlled, is a means of alleviating the need to disconnect to calm down. Finding a way for this to be applied in everyday life led to designing a product that could be used—without stigma—in any work environment.