High Stakes Design

BY SEAN HÄGEN

Sep 12 2014 - 2:52pm

Industrial design impacts so many topical issues in the healthcare domain that dedicating an issue to it is a welcome challenge. How to address the problems and opportunities for designers is a complex proposition considering the depth and breadth of technology, culture, industry and ethics.

We all know that industrial designers add value to immensely diverse market domains, but the healthcare field is unique—it is arguably the most regulated (the aviation industry may contest). Some designers find the regulatory requirements too constraining, while others thrive in this high-stakes problem-solver’s playground.