March 30, 2020

CannonDesign Creates Coalition to Generate Masks for Healthcare Workers

CannonDesign is proud to have formed a new coalition of designers and makers working to create urgently needed protective masks for health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Our effort empowers numerous designers and makers eager to help healthcare professionals during this challenging moment. The team is ideating a better DIY mask that will be able to be produced efficiently to help meet the urgent need. Initial partners include SUNY Buffalo, and materialsIn, with help from Oxford Pennant, Stitch Buffalo, The Factory Buffalo, Fisher Price, Rigidized Metals and numerous individual sewists and DIY enthusiasts. Other designers and makers interested in collaborating can reach out via this form.


The team hopes to have a working prototype ready for volunteers the week beginning March 30. Once the prototypes are developed, these masks can be used by those on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis, or by health workers in lower acuity environments, which would free up the regulated N-95 makes for those on the front lines.

The collaborative team will create these masks through key steps, including:

  • Establishing a patternless-pattern sewists can replicate efficiently
  • Using 3D printed clips or rubber bands to eliminate elastics or ties from the design
  • Connecting experts to makers to share best practices and guidelines
  • Building local networks and streamlined paths to get masks from makers to health care workers

We are grateful to the numerous organizations that have stepped forward to team up on this initiative and happy to be helping healthcare systems and staff as they confront COVID-19.

Please reach out if interested in collaborating >