Archive | April, 2011
Intimacy axes - frequency of use by more or less personal

A question of intimacy

An article by Carolynn Johnson from an idea by Matt Beale. The remote was somewhere in the hotel room, maybe buried in the sheets? What I really wanted was that blaring TV off. It was a sleek flat screen model, with a dark plastic bezel decorated with a fine chrome-look line around the edge. But […]

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X-ed out homeland security threat level scale

Imminent threat of confusion … or was that elevated?

This week the Department of Homeland Security is replacing the much-lampooned color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) with a new system, the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS). When introducing the new system, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security stated, “Today I announce the end of the old system of color-coded alerts. In its place, we […]

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Plastics in medical devices: user research

Several of our group recently presented at the 2011 Plastics in Medical Devices Conference, in Huron, Ohio. Here’s what Carolynn Johnson had to say on the importance of conducting Design Research as healthcare moves from the clinical environment to home healthcare: As healthcare moves from the realm of the clinical setting, in which medical professionals […]

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Designers presenting their concepts in a brainstorming session

Managing pediatric heart pump components

After interviewing Cardiac Medical Caregivers, Physical Therapists, Ventricular Assist Device Technicians and Child Life Specialists and after exploring Pediatric Cardiac ICUs and Step Down Units, Daedalus brainstorms designs to ensure that external components of a pediatric heart pump are kept close to the patient, and are comfortable, convenient and safe, without impeding the normal development […]

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