Medicine + Design Conference

Medicine + Design
Healthcare and Wellness Conference

Friday, November 7, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014

University Gallery
Vignelli Center for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Around the world healthcare professionals and designers are collaborating to produce innovative solution to major challenges in the wellness community.

Our conference will bring together healthcare professionals with industrial and graphic designers for a program that is targeted at medical professionals in the Rochester region and beyond.

One and one-half days will be devoted to cutting edge case studies from around the globe, developed by wellness professionals who will present models of their functional solutions. In addition, a collaborative university group called MEDdesign, including RIT will contribute its outcomes.

From the conference, we hope that a new interface of the combined community will bring the power of design to the real needs of healthcare professionals and their patients.

About MEDdesign
An educational initiative in which five international design programs are collaborating to design and deliver demonstration projects on health and wellness. The participating institutions are the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (United States of America), the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (United Kingdom), Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom) The University of Venice (Italy) and the Israel Institute of Technology, Technion. Each institution is developing its own set of project responses to the challenges of innovating inclusive design solutions.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Exhibit of medical design exemplars
from the Cary Graphic Design Archive
Wallace Center, 2nd floor

Welcoming Remarks
Lady Hamlyn 
William W. Destler, Ph.D. President, RIT
Lorraine Justice, Ph.D. Dean, CIAS, RIT
Daniel B. Ornt, M.D. Vice President and Dean, IHST, RIT

Keynote Address
Jeremy Myerson
Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design Director,
Helen Hamlyn Design Centre, Royal College of Art, London
Make It Better: How Inclusive Design can have Impact in Healthcare
This illustrated lecture will demonstrate how inclusive design thinking
and patient-centered techniques can be applied to the front-line
of healthcare service delivery

Workshop by Professor Myerson
Make It Better: User Research Methods to Drive Design 
The aim of the workshop is to highlight user research methods
used for design in healthcare settings

Tour of Vignelli Center for Design Studies and Vignelli archive

Reception and opening of MEDdesign Exhibition

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Presentations by MEDdesign Partners

Illustrated Lecture by Mark Shikowitz, MD
Vice Chairman, Otolaryngology Professor of Otolaryngology
North Shore LIJ Health System
Medical Missions to the World Project

Case Studies by MEDdesign Partners

Bruce Ian Meader
Dan Harel
Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Paul Chamberlain
Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Medardo Chiapponi
Michael Burke

University of Venice, Italy

Noemi Bitterman
Israel Institute of Technology, Technion

Lunch sponsored by
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

John Caruso
Professor, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Design Project with GE Healthcare
about Medical Experience Design for Women

Discussion Sessions
Needs Assessment for Medical Practitioners

Summary Views
Patricia Moore
President, Moore Design Associates


Vignelli Center for Design Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Alliance Graphique Internationale Foundation
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, RIT
RIT & RRHS Alliance


This conference is free of charge.
Spaces are limited. Pre-registration is required.
Registration site:


More information
Katie Nix
Vignelli Center for Design Studies

Design Conversations: Annette Kroger





“At First Sight…Pierre Mendell”

Graphic designer Annette Kröger has been in charge of 
Pierre Mendell Design Studio in Munich since 2009, 
after working there for many years as Mendell’s assistant. 
She will discuss his celebrated posters and her experiences
working in the studio with Pierre Mendell (1929–2008).
This talk complements the major exhibition of Mendell’s
posters in the Bevier and University Galleries at RIT
from August to October, 2014. The lecture and exhibition
are supported by a grant from Mark and Maura Resnick.

Interpreting services available upon request

University Gallery
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology

Park in lots E or F

For more information
Contact Katie Nix, Vignelli Center Program Assistant

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