Interaction Design for Health: Experiments for Wild Innovation

talk – 30 min | Feb 4 – 10:30

The logistics of teaching an applied class with external partners takes considerable time and coordination. Defining the project scope, identifying stakeholders and participants, coordinating tours, conducting interviews, and visiting facilities all involve extra planning—on top of meeting teaching objectives. Designing for healthcare experiences in clinical settings can be complicated, emotional, and fraught with uncertainty.

And yet, the extra effort involved in pairing students with community partners to confront real-world healthcare situations is well worth it. For the past five years, students from business, engineering, humanities, and design have teamed up in my interaction design studio to address applied projects in healthcare spaces. Project topics have included complex patients, weight management, Alzheimer’s, mental health, nutrition, allergies, and gene therapy.

My studio seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice using a human centered approach to inform and explore interaction design. It challenges students to consider health’s wicked complexity by entering sensitive spaces and conversations that build empathy in the design process. To do this, students must have access to real-world situations, gain empathy, and test their solutions with real people. Access comes from finding partners who are committed and willing to bring us onto projects because they see the value design brings to their own innovation process. Student prototypes are presented to partners as potential opportunities for their innovation cycles. Our partners generally have four to five student teams tackling the same challenge, so they often continue refining the solutions past the timeline of the studio. The relationship becomes an iterative process that contributes to the culture of innovation for the organization and for the students.

Enrique Von Rohr

Enrique Von Rohr
Washington University in St. Louis, United States

About the speaker

Enrique Von Rohr

Enrique Von Rohr

Washington University in St. Louis, United States

DESIGNER: Highly qualified designer passionate about using design process to inform product, market, and business fit solutions. Inspired by design and innovation best practices that deliver a competitive edge. Able to visualize complex data, implement design research, conduct user testing, and design ethnography in order to understand target audiences. Motivated to advance visual and strategic design methods in sectors from health to education. Equally adept as a lead creative or individual contributor.

EDUCATOR: Experienced educator of design thinking, interaction design, experience design, design process, and visual skills to students of all ages and backgrounds. Passionate about leading human-centered design workshops, focused brainstorming, synthesis exercises, and design facilitation strategies to solve complex challenges. Able to develop educational initiatives, learning modules, and curricula for diverse audiences from university students to professionals.

COLLABORATOR: Passionate about leading cross-disciplinary teams to solve wicked challenges and deliver exceptional user-centered solutions. Trusted advisor and collaborator in areas of design, management, technology, research, entrepreneurship, and education. Skilled public speaker and networker in multiple contexts and across cultures. Proven ability to write and budget proposals that secure funding and support large-scale collaborative initiatives.

Learn more about me at: www.vondesign.com

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