Design Thinking

Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments [Intro to 3-part series]

Seattle Children's Hospital art and wayfinding program (Studio SC)

Thanks to the growing use of evidence-based design in healthcare environments, elements such as natural light, views to nature and clear wayfinding are becoming the norm in hospitals and wellness centers. Art also has an important role to play in healthcare spaces—and in a three-part series, we explore its power in supporting wayfinding, creating a sense of place and easing stress for patients, families and staff. Explore Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments.

Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments, Part 1: Integrating Art and Wayfinding

Seattle Children's Hospital art and wayfinding program (Studio SC)

For Seattle Children’s Hospital, art is part of a formula that promotes wellbeing through architecture and interiors, green space and wayfinding. When the hospital opened a new wing in 2013, it was deemed critical to provide a wayfinding system that would help patients, families, visitors and staff find their way.

How Design Thinking Changed Vince Frost’s Life (and can change yours, too)

Vince Frost, Design Your Life

Vince Frost had been a designer for 25 years, built a successful global practice, and earned numerous accolades before he realized that design could actually help solve the ultimate problem: improving his personal life. He spoke with us about his new book Design Your Life—part typographic self-help guide, part essay collection on life and work and how to keep the two in balance.

User Research, Interaction, and Experience Design in 2015 SEGD Academic Journal

The 2015 issue of SEGD’s academic research journal Communication + Placecovers research on user engagement through signage design, an interdisciplinary approach to packaging design, the interplay between people and public art, and how EGD/XGD can activate small-town business districts.Communication + Place 2015 is available onlineand the 2016 Call for Papers has been issued.

User Research, Interaction, and Experience Design in 2015 SEGD Academic Journal

From "SEGD Core Competencies and Subsequent Implications for Professional Practice," 2014 Communication + Place

The 2015 issue of SEGD’s academic research journal Communication + Placecovers research on user engagement through signage design, an interdisciplinary approach to packaging design, the interplay between people and public art, and how EGD/XGD can activate small-town business districts.Communication + Place 2015 is available onlineand the 2016 Call for Papers has been issued.

Social Engagement through Environmental Graphic Design: Design for Struggling Small Communities

Struggling downtowns and retail districts of small cities and towns have been completely overlooked by graphic designers, since these independent businesses often cannot afford, or aren’t aware of, the services of designers. In the graphic design department at Iowa State University, we see this problem as an excellent opportunity to engage our students in community-based design. For over 15 years, our senior graphic design students have been introduced to Environmental Graphic Design while working on the re-design of a downtown district--engaging with communities to reinvigorate their retail districts in efforts to enhance the quality of life for local residents.

The Total Package: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Package Design that Benefits Consumer Experience and Brand Perception

Communicating a brand message extends beyond the information and visual content applied to a package. The package’s physical structure, materials, finishes, and interactions can also strongly influence the consumer’s experience and subsequent perception of the product and brand. This paper presents case studies of integrated package design by students in Graphic and Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. It reflects on the methods employed, lessons learned, and impact on future interdisciplinary collaborations in Package Design within education and practice.

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