Join the Health Design Lab and Cooper Hewitt team for a fun, informal, and interactive discussion between doctors, designers and cool people. We will be chatting about health design topics around the Covid-19 pandemic.

In order to participate, you must join by video. Zoom meeting information will be sent by email prior to the event.

Watch an archive of previous Designing on the Front Lines conversations here.


Imagine a space where doctors and designers alike can come together and solve some of the toughest challenges in healthcare in one of the most evocative spaces in Philadelphia. The Jefferson Health Design Lab exists to bring people from different backgrounds together and promote inclusive design in healthcare. From patients to providers, everyone has the potential to accelerate change and improve lives. Fueled by traditional and modern prototyping technology and a foundation of Health Design Thinking, the Health Design Lab is more than just a maker space, but a space that will change the way we all think about the future of healthcare.


By Bon Ku, MD, and Ellen Lupton

Book Cover: Health Design Thinking: Creating Products and Services for Better Health by Bon Ku, MD and Ellen Lupton. The book cover features a blue grid background and an illustration of an abstract illustration of a figure. The lines of the figure are made from a stethoscope. One of the figures hands gestures toward its red heart, and its other hand extends into an assemblage of shapes: a blue circle, a red square, and a yellow triangle.

Health Care + Design Thinking = A Culture of Wellness

As health care systems around the globe struggle to expand access, improve outcomes, and control costs, Health Design Thinking offers a new approach for designing dynamic, responsive health care products and services. Health Design Thinking is authored by Bon Ku, physician and founder of the innovative Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University, and Ellen Lupton, award-winning designer, author, and curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, with contributions from experts in design and medicine. This practice-based guide applies design thinking to real-world health care challenges.

Design thinking uses play and experiment rather than rigid rules. It draws on interviews, observations, diagrams, storytelling, physical models, and role playing; design teams focus not on technology but on problems faced by patients and clinicians. Illustrated with 230 drawings, photographs, storyboards, data graphics, architectural plans, and other visualizations, Health Design Thinking provides a hands-on manual for reframing medical education, treatment, and industry to align with everyday challenges in communities around the world.

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