Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Internet of Things technologies – fitness wristbands and smart watches – are moving health from the hospital to the home. But if your watch, thermostat and games console could manage your well-being, how would you feel about being constantly monitored?

Engineer Ian Craddock and social scientist Madeleine Murtagh delve into the technology and the ethics, and ask if this is a future of health we can live with. This event will be chaired by technology and business writer, Martyn Perks.

Does design make good policy?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Martyn Perks says designers working on policy-making could be missing the chance to effect radical change.

Private dinner and debate - Design and healthcare: Getting the balance right

Thursday, December 6, 2012

De Santis, Old Street, London

Healthcare is an emotive issue. It consumes vast amounts of resources, and is crying out for new ideas that can improve access, services and treatments—especially given the demands of an ever-changing population. So: should design set about bringing advances in areas such as telehealth, the administration and packaging of drugs, and in the revival of R&D?

Or is design’s role better suited to highlighting ‘softer’, patient-centered issues, such as improving patient care, dignity and wellbeing, and providing patients with a greater say about how they are treated? Perhaps design should both help people more easily manage their health, and, through new advances in clinical innovation, also bring them greater freedom over their lives – not least, the freedom to stop worrying about their health.

Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Health

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Battle of Ideas festival 2009, Royal College of Art, London

Everyone agrees healthcare needs to be improved, but can attempts to alter patients’ and staff’s behaviour succeed? And will focusing on patient satisfaction be enough to transform the NHS and wider healthcare provision?

Designing behaviour and healthcare

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Is this behaviour led approach more benevolent than the old universal model, will it result in better healthcare, or is it unacceptably authoritarian?

Can design save healthcare?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Norsk Form, Oslo, Norway

Should design help make cutbacks that target people’s behaviour, or should it be more concerned with advances in science, technology and services that can liberate us from health problems altogether?

We have ways of making you healthy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Design is the new Big Idea in preventative medicine, but there’s nothing healthy about lifestyle manipulation.

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