ID Seminar 2011

Healthcare is a top policy issue as well as big business around the world. It is a time of great advances in the medical sciences and in technologies for diagnosing and treating disease. However, human factors as well as hard science are at stake, whether we consider this in terms of individual patients or societal wellbeing. In fact, two of the major challenges for healthcare today – ageing and lifestyle diseases – involve complex and changing emotional, behavioral, social and cultural factors.

In human-centered healthcare, design plays an important role. Traditionally, design has focused on how to make medical technologies more comprehensible, usable and ergonomic in everyday clinical practice or patient interactions. The current challenges in human-centered healthcare expands how we can think and do design today. For example, we might ask how design of products, services, experiences, environments, systems and networks can support healthy lifestyles, lifelong care, and community wellness? How can we design for people in mind and body, of different ages, genders and cultures? What are the critical issues and future opportunities for design in the area of health and care?

Welcome to the annual Industrial Design seminar at Konstfack, where we will explore this topic through lectures, examples and discussions.

January 10, 2011
09:00-12:40 Public program of lectures and discussion
13:30-17:00 Internal program for Konstfack students

Venue: Konstfack (address and directions), Mandelgren lecture hall
Open and free for the public program
Coffee/tea and snacks will be available



Public program

9.00 Introduction
9.20 Presentation: Lena Wettergren
9.50 Presentation: Nick Marsh
10.20 Dialog with the two presenters
10.40 Fika/Break with snacks
11.00 Presentation: Anna Thies
11.15 Presentation: Oscar Frykholm
11:30 Presentation: Diana Africano Clark
12.00 Dialog with the three presenters
12.30 Intro to a related research project at Konstfack
12.45 Conclusion


About the presenters

Diana Africano Clark, currently an interaction designer and researcher at Ergonomidesign, has worked in areas including telecommunications, medical equipment, learning technologies, financial services, vehicle and tool manufacturing. She is particularly interested in inclusive and socio-cultural approaches to design.

Oscar Frykholm is halfway through his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. His education is in engineering physics and he has worked professionally as a web usability consultant. His current research is conducted in a project with the surgical department at Karolinska University Hospital.

Nick Marsh leads Sidekick Studio's design consulting practice in the UK. Sidekick Studios is a social innovation company with a simple mission - make society better. He has worked with public organizations, including the NHS, as well as major global corporations. Previously, Nick worked at EMC Consulting, Engine Service Design, and the UK Design Council.

Anna Thies is an industrial designer (MA 2002, Konstfack), who teaches and lectures at Konstfack, across Sweden and abroad. Currently a researcher at Stockholm University, she is engaged in a project about cross-disciplinary healthcare innovation, a collaboration among KTH, Karolinska Institutet and the Stockholm City Council.

Lena Wettergren is a registered nurse and assistant senior lecturer at the Division of Nursing, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Karolinska Institutet. As Head of the Division of Nursing and supervisor for four doctoral candidates, her research focuses on the quality of life and health of people that have or have had cancer.



Seminar organizers: Ramia Mazé with Jennie Johansson, Andreij Nylander, and Tove Thambert ; Graphic design: Rohan Jaguste ; Web: Erik Westerdahl. Ramia Mazé is a Guest Lecturer at Konstfack and Senior Researcher at the Interactive Institute. Jennie, Andreij, Tove, Rohan and Erik are current students or recent graduates from the Industrial Design at Konstfack.

The DESIGN+CARE Seminar is part of a collaboration between Konstfack and Kunskapslotsen, a project within the European Regional Development Fund that aims to increase collaboration and knowledge transfer between universities/collages and small to medium-sized companies in Stockholm.