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Inga Wellbeing

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Design and healthcare isn’t always only about the built environment. Wearing a backless, paper thin gown will be dehumanizing in even the most thoughtful designed spaces. Enter: UK based Inga Wellbeing. Founded by Nikla Lancksweert after her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the line features discreet openings to the arm, back, chest area, sides, stomach, groin and legs that enable many routine examinations and treatments to be easily performed while maintaining patient dignity. Cuff-to-neck snaps on the sleeves enable most patients to dress and undress themselves easily even when hooked up to IV lines.

Via: Fastcodesign


Little for Concerta

Really enjoying Little’s interior design and overall brand strategy for Concerta.

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Can we just take a moment

To discuss how adorable this impatient check-in desk at Montreal’s new Shriner’s Hospital for Children is?Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 1.18.02 pm

What is a design studio doing in a hosptial?

UK design studio Helix is a collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College. HELIX is short for “Healthcare Innovation Exchange.” It’s an exploration into how design can transform health when it’s placed on the front line of the medical world – an acute general hospital in Europe’s busiest city. As part of London design week, they opened the doors to a small studio space within the walls of St. Mary’s Hospital. The idea is to foster design-based innovations through collaboration between patients, clinical staff, administrative staff, and their design team. At the moment, it looks like most of their projects are still in the early-phases, with nothing being fully implemented yet, but some (like Improving uptake in Bowel Cancer Screening) look super promising and refreshingly multidisciplinary!

Jamie Drake’s Oncology interior

Legendary interior designer Jamie Drake dabbled in healthcare design when he worked with Oncologist Scot Ackerman and his wife, Alexandra, to design the interiors of their brand new facility in Jacksonville, Florida. At the time of the commission it was called First Coast Oncology, but now seems to be called the Ackerman Cancer Center. Information about the project is scarce, and it is left off of Jamie Drake Design Associates online portfolio but I found the below images and am really excited to share! According to Interior Design magazine, Drake  enjoyed the challenge of working in healthcare, saying “I dislike stagnation. I love challenges—branching out into health care stretches me and exposes my work to a new demographic.”


Waiting room featuring Karim Rashid sofas


Secondary waiting room


Staff workstations

Staff workstations


(via InCollect)

Illustrator and designer Nick Deakin took to the walls of 14 rooms at the eye department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the UK, aiming to add some spunk to the unit’s build environment. The colorful illustrated works transport patients from outer space to the park and the beach. Sometimes, they even serve a practical purpose, helping providers evaluate eye function.

Many Deakin’s artworks are the latest in a series commissioned for the hospital by Artfelt, an art-in-health branch of the Children’s Hospital Charity and form part of a wider plan to transform its patient spaces using art and design.

(Via Creative Review)

Studio Dental – “Uber for your teeth”

Studio Dental

Studio Dental is a mobile dental practice that brings the dentist to you! Perhaps unsurprisingly, it launched in technology hotspot San Fransisco, and much of their marketing seems geared to employers who are always trying to out-amenity one another as they compete for the most talented employees. Founded by dentist, Sara Creighton, the practice lives in a 26-foot-long trailer designed by Montalba Architects that features a waiting area and two patient rooms. According to Studio Dental website “The practice delivers the full range of dental services to patients, but sets itself apart with technologies that streamline the process of going to the dentist. Patients schedule appointments online, receive a text reminder on the day of their appointment, and pay for services with a credit card.”

Studio Dental

Studio Dental

Studio Dental

The design is beautiful, and the ceiling is particularly clever. According to the architect, David Montalba “Rather than opening the side panels to potentially unattractive exterior environments, such as urban parking lots, we decided to install skylights to capture diffused natural light and house TV monitors to help patients remain relaxed while looking up during procedures.”

The project was partly funded by an Indie GoGo campaign that raised $41,515 in just one month, perhaps making a mark as the first crowd sourced dental office in the US?

There’s a nice interview with Dr. Creighton over at Wake Forrest University (her alumnus) if you’d like to learn more about her own personal decision to start a mobile dental practive.

(via Healthcare Design Magazine)

“Majoring in Medicine, Minoring in Design”

Hello there world. Long time no post. I’m going to try to be better about keeping this up.

Thomas Jefferson University launched a first-of-its kind “college within a college” to introduce medical students to design thinking. The Design Track includes modules like:

  • Implementation: How Design Thinking Can Reframe Health Care Challenges
  • Redesigning the Patient Experience: The Use of Role Playing to Test New Ideas
  • Mobile Technology in Health Care
  • Improving Population Health through Design Thinking Methodologies

I’m excited to see what comes out of this course, and thrilled to see a traditional medical school so pointedly incorporating design within a more traditional curriculum.

(via Doctors Who Create)

TAMassociati & Emergency: Curry Stone Design Prize winners

A decade-long collaboration between two Italian non-profits, humanitarian architecture studio TAMassociati and medical NGO Emergency, has been recognized with the Stone Curry 2013 Design Prize, announced November 7th. Together, they have designed, built and staffed five healthcare facilities in Africa that have treated over 700,000 patients and an additional seven clinics in Italy. The facilities are conceptualized and designed to be sustainable, modern, and culturally sensitive buildings that allow healthcare to take place in safe and dignified environments nestled in dangerous and poverty-stricken landscapes.

The video is a must-watch. Here is a quote from TAMassociati co-founder Raul Pantaleo  and a few screen shots from to pique your interest.

“To build an outstanding hospital in the heart of Africa has meaning. For us it was an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the profound sense of the word right, starting with the right to health…. But there should also be a reflection on the more ample front of rights, and particularly on the right to the environment, to what is beautiful, and to memory, as the necessary premises for a sustainable and pacific coexistence at local and global scales. With these principles in mind, we imagined the Salam Centre as a place that is hospitable, domestic, and beautiful, where the convalescent patient, almost always a victim of poverty and war, could feel what it’s like to receive treatment as a true subject of care, entitled to the fundamental rights that are too often denied on this continent.”



Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne


Uk Design Website Adelto has a stunning slideshow of design details at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. 

Melbourne’s new $1 billion (Aus) Royal Children’s Hospital,  unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II was Designed in a joint venture between Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart Architects (BLBS), with US-based HKS as international advisors. The RCH received the ‘International Interior Design Award’ at the 2012 Emirates Glass LEAF Awards, which took place during this year’s London Design Festival.


On pinterest

A new job in the realm of interior design has pushed posting on this blog to the end of my to-do list. In my absence, I’ve been keeping a pinterest board about healthcare design. i hope to resume more consistent posting again and elaborate on many of the “pins” I’ve posted over the past months, but in the meantime here is the link:

büro uebele: Offenbach Hospital

This cuckoo bananas wayfinding system by German design studio büro uebele visuelle kommunikation can be found in the Offenbach Hospital in Offenbach Germany. It’s a creative, bold, completely non-clinical approach that I imagine quite dominates the patient experience. In my opinion it seems a little conceptual, and a little cluttered to be totally effective in a large scale healthcare facility. Yet I’m always excited to see out-of-the box solutions to tricky elements of the healthcare experience, so I appreciate the bold whimsical patterns and unusual approach taken here. From the buro uebele project literature:

geometrical coloured patterns guide visitors to their destination and lighten the mood of this sterile setting. each of the numerous locations has its own combination of pattern and colour to set it apart, then each visitor can identify “their” colour and pattern that will guide them through the hospital complex.  the ward reception areas are identified by large areas of characteristically coloured, patterned wallpaper, with identical designs on the counters and doors. this visual coding gives these areas their own distinct identity. the system is based on a highly flexible concept that can be easily and quickly modified.


Stockholm Design Lab: Vårdapoteket Branding

Swedish pharmacy Vårdapoteket has recently adopted a crisp, unconventional graphic identity quite distinct from the uninspired design that traditionally permeates the realm of pharmacy branding. According to the designers at the Stockholm Design Lab (SDL):

Vårdapoteket is a Swedish pharmacy chain with 24 pharmacies placed in care related locations. To distinguish and contrast themselves from the often very clinical and barren environments that hospitals make out, SDL developed a new identity inspired by the human body.

With a strong and positive color palette and a pattern based on the internal organs of the human body, a strong base for their new identity was created. This graphic language is now used in all types of applications; from in-store wallpaper to all sorts of printed material, such as stationery, retail and POS materials.

Vårdapoteket certainly strives to stand out amongst the clinical settings surrounding their retail outlets, and I beleive the company and their designers effectively created a likeable and enthusiastic visual personality that sets them apart. The iconic illustrations are by Swedish artist Kari Moden.

[Via Fastcodesign]