John Thackara
When Tech In Care Is Evil

I spent the last two weeks in-and-around a care home in England that looks after people with dementia and terminal illness, and their families – including, this time, mine.

Manuela Aguirre
Design for Care

A review of Design for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience, a new book by Peter H. Jones. 

The Editors
Records for Life: Rethinking the Immunization Card
John Thackara
The Dementia Care Economy

A proposition for the economy of ‘disease-modifying therapy’ for dementia.

John Thackara
Dementia: Care Before Cure

The downside of declaring war on a disease like dementia is to diminish social solidarity. But there are solutions.

Debbie Millman
Debbie Millman on Sleep

On this episode of Insights Per Minute Debbie Millman discusses sleep.

Thomas Fisher
Thomas Fisher on Survival

On this episode of Insights Per Minute Thomas Fisher speaks about survival.

Nicholas Christakis
Nicholas Christakis on Networks

This installment of Insights Per Minute features Nicholas Christakis on networks.

Rick Poynor
From the Archive: Upgrade Yourself!
Transform 2013: Design Innovation in Healthcare

Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation Transform Symposium will take place September 8-10 2013, in Rochester, MN.

John Thackara
Paranoid But Pretty

A review of Matthias Megyeri's new show at the German Architecture Center, and a review of the question the exhibition inspires: "Are we safer?"

Celebrate World Toilet Day

2.6 billion people don't have access to a toilet. For them poop can be poison.

They Go To Die

They Go to Die is a documentary film-in-progress investigating the life of four former migrant gold mineworkers in South Africa and Swaziland who have contracted drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and HIV while working at the gold mine.
Alexandra Lange
Having Fun at the Museum

Minneapolis-based Thesis is a design collective whose efforts to raise awareness about health care reform has led them to creat the Amend wrist band.

A Public Service Announcement: Collecting Air

A public service spot for the American Lung Association, “Alvin Grimes, Air Collector,” features him with his collection.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.

David Stairs
Demythologizing Design: Another View of "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES"

David Stairs reviews "Design with other 90%:Cities"

William Drenttel, and John Cary
Give the Gift of Design this Holiday Season

Tax-deductible gifts for the holiday season: they feel good for the giver, meaningful for the recipient, and provide crucial support for hardworking nonprofits on the ground.

John Thackara
5% Health: The Risk of Catabolic Collapse and Peak Fat in Modern Health Systems

The writer, at Mayo Clinic's "Transform" conference, asks: Are high-end medical systems the best place to focus design's creative capacity?

Jean W. Rosenthal
Project Masiluleke: Texting and Testing to Fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Summary of Project Masiluleke case study describing design process for fighting HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Ernest Beck

A pilot project developed for India provides santiation and electricity in a single venture.

Robin Cembalest
Shrink Rap

Mexican designer/artist Pedro Reyes opens a temporary sanatorium in Brooklyn.

Alexandra Lange
On GOOD: Why Are Car Seats So Poorly Designed?

If you want parents to use public transportation, first you have to fix the car seat.

Ernest Beck
Project Mwana

A new effort to diagnosis and treat infant HIV/AIDS in remote African regions.

Phil Patton
Sustainable Gold

Phil Patton on the conference “Gold: Substance, Symbol and Significance."

Julie Lasky
Search for the Obvious: Challenge #2

Once again, Acumen Fund is looking for creative solutions to social problems. This time the focus is on mothers.

Julie Lasky
Rock Girl Benches

Rock Girl in Cape Town offers real and symbolic safe places for girls and women.

Julie Lasky
Acumen Sexy Sanitation Challenge

Acumen Fund announces winners of its "Sexy Sanitation" challenge.

The Editors
Sexy Sanitation

Competition brief for Acumen Fund challenge to improve access to sanitation.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit: Update 09.25.10

Dateline Aspen. An on-going report on progress on the six projects developed at the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009.

Ernest Beck
Camel Mobile Clinic Update

Update on Art Center's Design Matters program, which prototypes a system for transporting medicine on camel back to remote communities in Kenya. Originally published July 18, 2009.

Photo by Pieter Hugo
Permanent Error

Photo by Pieter Hugo of Ghana's Agbogbloshie slum.

Alexandra Lange
Fix the Car Seat

Having just returned from a vacation where the logistics of the car seat were a primary part of trip planning, I have a plea on behalf of all parents, and a challenge for industrial and car designers: FIX THE CAR SEAT.

William Underhill
D-Rev Blue Star Jaundice Treatment

Report on Blue Star, D-Rev's affordable jaundice treatment for newborn babies in the developing world.

Mary Badon
Red Light, Green Light : The Invention of the Traffic Signal

The traffic light — invented in 1912 by a policeman in Detroit — has radically impacted the way transportation rules have developed over the past 100 years, all over the world.

Ernest Beck
Es Tiempo

Report on Es Tiempo, a campaign designed to encourage Hispanic women in Southern California to seek annual screenings for cervical cancer.

Jay Parkinson
The Road to Wellville

Recommendations for designing a healthcare system around our nation's health needs — chronic care management, prevention and acute care treatment — not history, doctors and their profitability.

Jonathan Schultz

Report on the EyeWriter software system, which allows a graffiti artist suffering from ALS to continue working merely by moving his eyes.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF Menstruation Challenge
Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: Sustainable Food and Childhood Obesity

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Sustainable Food Project focused on accelerating the shift from a global, abstract food system to a regional, real food system via a robust portfolio of activities — including a grand challenge and a series of youth-engagement programs.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: CDC and Healthy Aging

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the CDC Healthy Aging Project began with the initial premise to enhance the ability of public health entities to determine whether adults 50 and over have received recommended preventive health services. The Project developed a “5 over 50” concept and brand name, and a new goal: to double the current number of people who are “up to date” with these preventive measures.

Jonathan Schultz

AIDS education mixes with soccer in plans for a new Lesotho stadium.

Lindsay Stark

Aid worker Lindsay Stark's portrait of the ritual purification of a child soldier in Sierra Leone.

Ernest Beck
Emergency Response Studio

Report on artist Paul Villinski's mobile studio, which he converted from a trailer of the type used by FEMA to house victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Andrea Codrington
Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

Report on the Freeplay fetal heart rate monitor, which won the 2009 INDEX award in the Body category.

Ernest Beck

Report on Peepoobag, a new self-sanitizing, single-use, biodegradable container for human waste.

Ernest Beck
Chulha Stove

Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.

Mark Dery
Paradise Fouled

Review of Crude, Joe Berlinger's documentary film about a lawsuit filed against Chevron by denizens of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Karrie Jacobs
A Thousand Points on Light: Part II

Continuation of debate between lighting designer Leni Schwendinger and Dark-Sky advocate Susan Harder about proper illumination of urban, suburban and rural environments.

Karrie Jacobs
A Thousand Points on Light: Part I

Debate between lighting designer Leni Schwendinger and Dark-Sky advocate Susan Harder about proper illumination of urban, suburban and rural environments.

Chappell Ellison
Compulsion: Where Object Meets Anxiety

At the age of 30, my brother turned to our mother and said, “I never thought I’d make is this far.” In his early 20s, he was officially diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Alexandra Lange

McDonald's McCafe Mocha is just one more reason that America is fat.

Ernest Beck
Camel Mobile Clinic

Art Center's Design Matters program prototypes a system for transporting medicine on camel back to remote communities in Kenya.

John Thackara
Doctors with iPhones

The neighborhood doctor is back — and this time, he has an iPhone.

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