1st Edition

Design for Health

Edited By Emmanuel Tsekleves, Rachel Cooper Copyright 2017
    438 Pages
    by Routledge

    438 Pages 176 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    One of the most complex global challenges is improving wellbeing and developing strategies for promoting health or preventing ‘illbeing’ of the population. The role of designers in indirectly supporting the promotion of healthy lifestyles or in their contribution to illbeing has emerged. This means designers now need to consider, both morally and ethically, how they can ensure that they ‘do no harm’ and that they might deliberately decide to promote healthy lifestyles and therefore prevent ill health.

    Design for Health illustrates the history of the development of design for health, the various design disciplines and domains to which design has contributed. Through 26 case studies presented in this book, the authors reveal a plethora of design research methodologies and research methods employed in design for health.

    The editors also present, following a thematic analysis of the book chapters, seven challenges and seven areas of opportunity that designers are called upon to address within the context of healthcare. Furthermore, five emergent trends in design in healthcare are presented and discussed. This book will be of interest to students of design as well as designers and those working to improve the quality of healthcare.

    Introduction and Chapter Summary, by Rachel Cooper and Emmanuel Tsekleves

    Part 1 – Setting the Scene

    Chapter 1: A Brief History of Western Medicine and Healthcare, by Chris Rust

    Chapter 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Design, by David Swann

    Part 2 – Designing for Health

    Foreword, by Emmanuel Tsekleves

    Theme 1: Design for Public Health

    Chapter 3: Services: Soft Service Design around the Envelope of Healthcare, by Peter Jones

    Chapter 4: Behaviours: Behaviour-change Interventions for Public Health, by Sarah Denford, Charles Abraham, Samantha Van Beurden, Jane R. Smith, and Sarah Morgan-Trimmer

    Chapter 5: Architecture: The Beneficial Health Outcomes of Salutogenic Design, by Alan Dilani

    Chapter 6: Communications: The Contribution of Typography and Information Design to Health Communication, by Sue Walker

    Theme 2: Design in Acute Health

    Chapter 7: Architecture: Healing Architecture, by Ricardo Codinhoto

    Chapter 8: Products: Product Design in Acute Health, by Sue Hignett

    Chapter 9: Communications: Designing Care Bundle Documentation to Support the Recognition and Treatment of Acute Kidney Injury: A Route to Quality Improvement, by Alison Black, Josefina Bravo Burnier, Matthew Brook, Clare Carey, Michelle Goonasekera, David Meredith, Anna Olsson-Brown, Debbie Rosenorn-Lanng and Emma Vaux

    Theme 3: Design in Chronic Health

    Chapter 10: Behaviours: Design and Behaviour Change in Health, by Claire Craig and Paul Chamberlain

    Chapter 11: Communications: Communication Design in Chronic Health, by Alison Prendiville

    Chapter 12: Services: Service Design in Chronic Health, by Paul Chamberlain, Susan Mawson and Daniel Wolstenholme

    Chapter 13: Products: Designing Products for Chronic Health, by Abby Paterson, Ricard Bibb, K. Downey and Jari Pallari

    Chapter 14: Architecture: Urban Design and Wellbeing, by Christopher T. Boyko

    Chapter 15: Design Innovation: Embedding Design Process in a Charity Organisation: Evolving the Double Diamond at Macmillan Cancer Support, by Marianne Guldbrandsen

    Theme 4: Design for Ageing Well

    Chapter 16: Services: Exploring How a Service Design Approach can Facilitate Co-design of Supportive Communities and Service Frameworks for Older People, by Valerie Carr, Sarah Drummond and Andy Young

    Chapter 17: Products: Negotiating Design within Sceptical Territory: Lessons from Healthcare, by Alastair S. Macdonald

    Chapter 18: Communications: Visual information about medicines for older patients, by Karel van der Waarde

    Chapter 19: Architecture: Workplace Health and Wellbeing: Can Greater Design Participation Provide a Cure, by Jeremy Myerson and Gail Ramster

    Chapter 20: Behaviours: Behavioural Strategies of Older Adults in the Adoption of New Technology-based Products: The Effects of Ageing and the Promising Application of Smart Materials for the Design of Future Products, by Gabriella Spinelli, Massimo Micocci and Marco Ajovalasit

    Part 3 – Research Methods, Recommendations and Foresight

    Chapter 21: Design Insider: The Patient Perspective, by Victor Margolin

    Chapter 22: Foresight: The Next Big Frontier in Healthcare, by Aaron Sklar and Lenny Naar

    Chapter 23: Design for Health: Challenges, Opportunities, Emerging


    Emmanuel Tsekleves is a Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions at Imagination@Lancaster, Lancaster University. Emmanuel conducts research on designing creative and technology-inspired health-promoting interventions aimed at improving quality of life. Emmanuel blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on design in healthcare.

    Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. Her research interests cover design thinking, design management, design policy, design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She is the series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility.