Health Design Thinking, Second Edition: Creating Products and Services for Better Health

Health Design Thinking, Second Edition: Creating Products and Services for Better Health

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A practice-based guide to applying the principles of human-centered design to real-world health challenges; updated and expanded with post-COVID-19 innovations.

This book offers a practice-based guide to applying the principles of human-centered design to real-world health challenges that range from drug packaging to breast cancer detection. Written by pioneers in the field--Bon Ku, a physician leader in innovative health design, and Ellen Lupton, an award-winning graphic designer--the book outlines the fundamentals of design thinking and highlights important products, prototypes, and research in health design. This revised and expanded edition describes innovations developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including an intensive care unit in a shipping container, a rolling cart with intubation equipment, and a mask brace that gives a surgical mask a tighter seal.

The book explores the special overlap of health care and the creative process, describing the development of such products and services as a credit card-sized device that allows patients to generate their own electrocardiograms; a mask designed to be worn with a hijab; improved emergency room signage; and a map of racial disparities and COVID-19. It will be an essential volume for health care providers, educators, patients, and designers who seek to create better experiences and improved health outcomes for individuals and communities.


Author: Bon Ku, Ellen Lupton
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 02/22/2022
Pages: 228
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.23lbs
Size: 8.53h x 6.59w x 0.57d
ISBN: 9780262543606

About the Author
Bon Ku, MD, a practicing emergency physician, is Marta and Robert Adelson Professor of Medicine and Design at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where he is also Director of the Health Design Lab. Ellen Lupton is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, and Director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the author of Beautiful Users, Design is Storytelling, The Senses: Design Beyond Design, and other books.