If you are interested in design, here is a recommended reading list that I have curated over the years from a variety of designers/explorations on the web/resource lists. By no means have I read all of these books but maybe someday! The order does not imply a hierarchy of value or need (beyond the first 6 books!). In addition, here are some recent recommendations from the Design Hive:
https://twitter.com/dburka/status/1384483516075810821 (Thread) https://twitter.com/steveportigal/status/1389671450622054401
https://twitter.com/ggoulding238/status/1389528720768049157 https://twitter.com/aarron/status/1389666092256219138 https://servicedesigntools.org/


Just Enough Research
Erika Hall

Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights
Steve Portigal

User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing…

We recently bought a product that came with this remote control.

Design Quiz #1:

Which button would you choose to turn on the device for this remote?

Illustration by Jake Dwyer

#Design #Quiz — How often should you take this medication?

Here is the medication label.

Image from the Amazon Website

There are a zillion tools and wearables in the marketplace to support a new approach to supporting health. Tools like the Apple Watch, the Fitbit and the Samsung Galaxy Watch help you track your steps, track your activity, or track your sleep! It was inevitable that Amazon would come out with its own health monitoring tool instead of just selling other companies’ tools in its marketplace. But this is the biggest #design #fail for health tech I have seen thus far.

The Amazon Halo Band is a new health tracking bracelet that is coming out from Amazon. Read the article…

Here are two important examples of #innovation in the face of a global pandemic:

A new form of human greeting:

Click to see video

The drive-through #coronavirus testing station in South Korea

Click to see video.

I tweet and blog about design, healthcare, and innovation as “Doctor as Designer”. Follow me on Twitter and sign up for my newsletter.

Disclosures: T1D Exchange, Grant funding from Lenovo.

Illustration by Jake Dwyer

Lessons for Healthcare Innovation from the Culinary World

David Chang is a culinary innovator and wildly successful chef and restaurateur who is famous for his ramen noodles and his pork buns. His culinary activities started with the Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City and have expanded to his larger enterprise which has included opening more restaurants across the globe, and producing and starring in a number of Netflix television shows like Ugly Delicious and Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

In 2004 he opened his first restaurant Momofuku, the concept of which was a simple ramen shop. His motivations for opening the restaurant were simple:

“I’m not an awesome…

As you know, I am totally fascinated by ketchup and sign design.

The design of this ketchup bottle created because of:

A. A careless labeling job at the Heinz factory!
B. It needed a sign to fix a major design flaw!
C. A really brilliant marketing campaign!

The answer is here.

I tweet and blog about design, healthcare, and innovation as “Doctor as Designer”. Follow me on Twitter and sign up for my newsletter.

Disclosures: T1D Exchange, Grant funding from Lenovo.

Image by Jacob Dwyer

Pillpack vs. Proteus

I saw this tweet by Christina Farr.

I wholeheartedly agree! This tweet reminds me of a post that I wrote back in 2014 focused on design to support medication adherence. I compared two very different products, Pillpack vs. Proteus.

Proteus Digital Health

Here is the current description of the Proteus product from their website:


45 pages, 1,000 questions, 18,000 words

In 2015, citizens in the state of Michigan seeking public benefits had to fill out this application form (DHS-1171), administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

How successful do you think you would be at filling the above form out? The absurdity of the form is overwhelming.

We literally would have people who had a Ph.D. and say, ‘I can read this, but I actually don’t understand this’

-Michael Brennan, Civilla

Civilla, a non-profit design firm in Detroit, decided to take on the challenge of this form, on behalf of the millions of citizens in Michigan and the caseworkers forced to use it on a daily basis. …

Illustration by Jake Dwyer

Design for Artificial Intelligence

As a clinician, researcher, and designer, I have a deep interest in the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to healthcare, and I have no doubt that the proper design of AI will be critical for its adoption and success.

I recently had a chance to think about how to optimally design for AI when I gave a talk at the NYC HealthImpact East conference this summer, generating a list of best practices/principles that I hope to share in the near future. However for this blogpost I wanted to focus in on one design principle that I highlighted:

Doctor as Designer

Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, Physician, Designer, Researcher. #learninghealthsystems; #design for #ai; and the maker movement http://www.doctorasdesigner.com/

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