Design students tackle UK health issues
Uscreates launched a project with students on the Design course at Goldsmiths College this week by presenting a challenging brief to design toolkits to support people in improving their wellbeing.
The students have been asked to design innovative ways to help a number of target groups, including non-english speakers, male white-collar workers, unemployed, and the elderly, to increase their physical activity, improve their eating habits and address emotional wellbeing.
The project aims to encourage designers to use their problem solving skills to create potential solutions to serious social health issues and to demonstrate the value and impact that creative approaches can have.
The students will be spending time with the target groups, in their homes, places of work, and daily lives, to fully understand barriers and issues to healthy lifestyles. This research will inform the design of kits, which may take any form (graphical, 3D, virtual, experiential), specific to a target group and health issue.
Hopes are that the students will come up with new, original, innovative, and effective tools for change.
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