Design for Healthcare Part III: Analyzing & Applying Human-Centred Design Research

Health care researchers and clinical practitioners strive to find solutions to improve health and wellbeing of others. At KITE, our FIBRE academic and industry partners recognize that textiles play important functional, aesthetic, and expressive roles in the lives of patients and caregivers, and offer new opportunities for prevention and treatment. Taking a human-centred approach to designing and developing health care products and treatments can reveal new dimensions to the user (patient) experience. 

This is the third workshop in a three-part series. These interactive online sessions are for scientists, clinicians, researchers, designers, trainees, and other professionals working in multi-disciplinary spaces toward developing innovative healthcare solutions. In this workshop, we will discuss how to organize, analyze, and interpret data from human-centred design research in preparation for dissemination. 

  • April 6: Part 1 - Introduction to Human-Centred Design (recording available here
  • April 20: Part 2 - Doing Human Centred-Design (recording available here
  • June 8: Part 3 - Analyzing and Applying Human-Centred Design Research  

Facilitator Bios:   

Dr. Kirsten Schaefer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at KITE with a background in applied human-centred design research and developing apparel solutions for people with specialized clothing needs. She is also a textile and apparel design educator at the School of Fashion at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), and is currently researching various smart textile applications for healthcare needs.  

Dr. Sandra Tullio-Pow is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs at The Creative School, and Associate Professor in the School of Fashion at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Her research and practice focus on human-centred apparel design, where she works in collaborative teams to invent clothing solutions for extraordinary groups. Recent projects include patients in hospital rehab programs and those with hemi paresis, breast cancer survivors, women with lymphedema, women who wear plus sizes, and people with low vision.   

This webinar is free and open to the public. 

Zoom links will be sent to registrants prior to event.  

Register here.