Reframing Healthcare

Emerging Health Design Opportunities


  • Aidana ROWE University of Alberta
  • Michelle KNOX McGill University, Canada



Design for Health, Healthcare Design, Participatory Design, Co-Creation, Design Futures


Healthcare systems are faced with increasingly complex demands: ageing populations, chronic diseases, growing drug ineffectiveness, and access to comprehensive services are just a few of the challenges we face. Design offers methods, practices and processes to help address these rising complications. While design and health have a long history of working together, much of this work has been limited. In this paper, we make the case for further opportunities for design and health to work together in deep, innovative and human ways. We begin by discussing the transformative space of design, then we articulate the similarities between design and healthcare. We then present two health design research projects that employ design methods and processes within healthcare settings, exploring new opportunities for design and health to collaborate. We conclude by summarizing the benefits and challenges of these projects, articulating future possibilities for design and healthcare to collaborate.




How to Cite

ROWE, A. ., & KNOX , M. . (2019). Reframing Healthcare: Emerging Health Design Opportunities. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management, 2(1), 84–94.