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Design Lab with Bon Ku
43 minutes | 4 days ago
EP 33: Designing Cures | David Fajgenbaum
Dr. David Fajgenbaum is a groundbreaking physician-scientist, disease hunter, speaker, and author. He went from being a beast-like college Quarterback to receiving his last rites while in medical school and nearly dying four more times battling Castleman disease. To try to save his own life, David spearheaded an innovative approach to research through the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) and discovered a treatment that is saving his life and others. He described his journey and lessons learned in Chasing My Cure, which has been translated into five languages, named one of the “Best Non-Fiction Books of 2019,” and profiled by Good Morning America, CNN, and BBC News, among others. Now, he is leading the effort to find treatments for Castleman disease, COVID-19, and other diseases. One of the youngest individuals ever appointed to the faculty at Penn Medicine and the top 1 percent youngest grant awardees of a leading NIH grant (R01), David Fajgenbaum has been profiled in a cover story by The New York Times, recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and has received numerous awards.Bon and David talk about redesigning the current approach to pharmaceutical treatment of diseases, crowdsourcing in healthcare and why patients can’t wait for miracles.
41 minutes | 11 days ago
EP 32: Designing Sound Baths | Sara Auster
Sara Auster is a sound therapist, meditation teacher and author. She has spent the past decade introducing sound baths to audiences and unique environments all across the globe. Sara’s transformative experiences and original teaching method have made her a leader in the sound bath movement, helping deep listening and sound meditation go mainstream. Her first book, SOUND BATH: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening, an unprecedented and comprehensive guide to sound baths, was published in November 2019, by Simon & Schuster.
43 minutes | 18 days ago
EP 31: Designing for Social Change | Penina Acayo Laker
Penina Acayo Laker is a graphic designer, researcher, and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and creative practice explore how human-centered, research-driven design methodologies catalyze unique ideas to address complex societal challenges facing communities in St. Louis and Uganda. She has collaborated on an award-winning project that used simplified iconography to communicate ailments associated with the spread, prevention, and treatment of malaria in Kibera, Kenya. Penina earned an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University and a BA in Art from Goshen College. As a component of her MFA thesis, she developed a secondary-level design curriculum that was inspired by the paucity of design education in Uganda. This subsequently inspired the creation of DesignEd Uganda workshops that Acayo Laker organizes and facilitates over the summer to equip young people with skills in design and creative problem-solving. Penina is also the faculty advisor for a new minor in Creative Practice for Social Change that exposes students to processes designers, artists and architects use to address systemic economic, environmental and social challenges.Bon and Penina discuss learning to design for the true needs of people, bringing design education to youth in Uganda and the value of design in healthcare.
42 minutes | 24 days ago
EP 30: Designing Healthcare Spaces | Abbie Clary
Abbie Clary supports the growth and development of CannonDesign's global healthcare practice — focusing specifically on market differentiation, business growth and client engagement. Responsible for overseeing more than $2.5 billion in healthcare projects over the last 22 years, Abbie has become an expert at helping organizations rethink their strategies and facility investments to better respond to consumer expectations and achieve new levels of business success. Her passion lies in the realms of academic medicine and translational health sciences — helping institutions break down physical and cultural barriers to push innovation and medical breakthroughs forward. Abbie is all-in on design thinking, cognitive diversity, storytelling, compassion and doing the right thing. Passionate about women’s issues and equality in the profession, Abbie pursues opportunities to encourage diversity in all of its embodiments. Bon and Abbie talk about healthcare architecture, the impact of Covid-19 on the future design of hospitals and improving the patient experience through the built environment.
56 minutes | a month ago
Ep 29: Designing Transparency in Healthcare | Liz Salmi
Liz Salmi is Senior Strategist of Dissemination for OpenNotes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In this role, Liz helps hospitals and health systems understand the changing nature of patient-clinician communication in the digital age, and interpret and implement research emerging from the “open notes” movement. After being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 29, Liz immediately put her digital communications skills to use by blogging, chronicling her daily symptoms, and seeing how much she could learn from her online patient portal. Today, her research areas of interest include studying how healthcare professionals and patients are connecting through digital tools and joining as partners in research. Liz leads the Brain Cancer Quality of Life Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder group dedicated to advancing science and improving the quality of life for people with malignant brain tumors. Liz was named e-Patient of the Year by the Society for Participatory Medicine.
31 minutes | a month ago
EP 28: Creating Future Designers in Africa | Guidione Machava
Guidione Machava is an entrepreneur, designer and community builder. He has experience leading teams, coaching designers, and creating together products and services that positively impact people’s lives. He works across diverse industries and sectors, bringing early ideas and concepts to life for World Bank projects, scrappy startups and nonprofits in Africa. He is the author of “Design Sutra'', a collection of design principles for designers in the early stages of their careers and founded the World-class Designer School, the home of brightest design minds in Africa. He recently organized the World-class Designer Conference which included speakers such as Debbie Millman, Marty Cagan and designers from the largest companies in the world. In 2018, Google named him one of the best community builders in Africa. Bon and Guidione talk about creating the future of design in Africa, organizing a global design conference and life in Mozambique.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 27: Designing Patient Health Stories | Katie McCurdy
Katie McCurdy is a design consultant, autoimmune patient and founder of Pictal Health. After years of struggling to communicate about her own mysterious symptoms, Katie created a new way for people to tell their health stories visually, so they feel heard and understood as they work with their doctors to get the right diagnosis and treatment. She’s also spent a decade joyfully using visual communication and human-centered design to facilitate team collaboration and improve our healthcare experience. She lives, skis, hikes, and eats chocolate in Burlington, VT. Bon and Katie talk about designing visual health histories, why hospitals should hire designers and improving communication between patients and healthcare professionals.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 26: Designing Relationships in Healthcare | Larry Chu
Larry Chu, MD is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Director of the Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) Lab. Dr. Chu is an NIH-funded clinical researcher and is Executive Director of Stanford Medicine X, the world's longest-running and most-discussed academic program on patient-centered emerging technology and medicine. He has written eight books, over 50 papers and over 50 book chapters in academic anesthesiology. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for The BMJ, one of the most influential general medical journals in the world. Bon and Larry talk about flattening hierarchies, creating safe spaces in healthcare, co-designing with patients and embracing curiosity in the culture of Medicine.
61 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 25: Design as a Human Right | Mokena Makeka
Mokena Makeka was raised in Maseru, Lesotho and New York. He is an accomplished architect, artist, curator, designer, global leader, scholar and urbanist. He is at the forefront of thinking on contemporary inclusive African Cities. Mokena studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and has executive leadership qualifications from the Harvard Kennedy School, Oxford University and Wits University. He is adjunct professor at Cooper Union, New York and at Carleton University, Canada. In 2015 he was a Young Global leader at the World Economic Forum and he is an Aspen Fellow in leadership. Currently Mokena is a Principal at Dalberg Advisors. He is also the founder of the House of Makeka, a premium lifestyle suite of design and product experiences. He has won international awards with his urban planning firm Makeka DesignLab/Works. Bon and Mokena talk about design as a human right, how hip hop culture informed Mokena’s architectural philosophy and understanding people through the environments they create.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 24: Designing for Global Health | Michael Ngigi
Michael Ngigi is the co-studio Lead of ThinkPlace Kenya where he leads a team of designers drawn from over 8 different countries. He’s passionate about Africa and unlocking the potential of the continent through design thinking. Michael has traveled across Africa understanding the different cultures and connecting people with solutions to their challenges. Early in his career he acknowledged the power of supporting people to identify their own challenges and the magic of facilitating the process of solving these challenges on their own. Michael is a board member of Design for Health, a global initiative led by the United States Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and sits on the Technical Advisory Group of Living Labs, an initiative by PATH. Michael is also currently studying at the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development. Bon and Michael talk about his incredible journey from living on the streets of Nairobi to becoming a designer, incorporating design in public health projects and throwing our biases out the window.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
EP 23: Designing for Justice | Antionette Carroll
Antionette D. Carroll is the founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise designing healthy and racially equitable communities for Black and Latinx populations through education and training programs, community engagement consulting and open-sourced tools. Creative Reaction Lab is a movement challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health and healthcare, and government and public service sectors. Prior to CRXLAB, Carroll spent 10 years in the advertising and marketing industry. Antionette has held national leadership positions on diversity and inclusion at the AIGA and multiple non-profit organizations. Bon and Antionette talk about what it means to be a redesigner for justice, the relationship between health and equity, and her journey in design.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 22: Redesigning Happy Hour | Ben Branson
Ben Branson is the Founder of Seedlip and Æcorn Drinks, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits and aperitifs. His mission is two fold: Solve the dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’ and continue his family’s 300 years of farming heritage. With offices in the Chilterns, Los Angeles and Sydney, Seedlip is now available in 29 cities including New York, Barcelona, Shanghai & Singapore and served in many of the world’s most awarded bars, restaurants, hotels. Ben was named as one of the Top 50 most influential people in food and drink by The Telegraph and awarded Young Achiever of The Year by The Drinks Business. He continues to pioneer the non-alcoholic category forward with the launch of Æcorn Drinks in Selfridges and The Savoy in May 2019. Bon and Ben talk about tackling the public health challenge of excessive alcohol consumption, normalizing the choice not to drink alcohol and how peas can be turned into a delicious cocktail.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 21: Designing Equitable Places | Katherine Darnstadt
Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a boutique architecture and urban design firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have prototyped new design systems to advance urban agriculture, support small business, create spaces for youth makers, advance building innovation and create public space frameworks. Concurrently, she is the founder of Boombox, Chicago's first micro retail popup in a shipping container. To date the program has supported over 150 small businesses and built new models of finance and policy to support micro retail in Chicago. In addition, she recently co-founded a community design nonprofit, Design Trust Chicago to address ongoing spatial and social injustices in the built environment. Bon and Katherine talk about the role of architecture in improving public health, repurposed buses acting as mobile produce markets and redefining public spaces.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
EP 20: Designing Behavior | Kathleen Brandenburg
Selected by Fast Company as a Master of Design and one of 50 Most Influential Designers, Kathleen Brandenburg is an internationally recognized founder, thought leader, educator and speaker on the global stage—from Delhi to Hong Kong to the Mayo Clinic. Named a “Creative Maverick,” Kathleen has devoted her career to elevating design as a strategic value for business, organizations, and society. An early pioneer and advocate of human-centered design, she was one of the first to link design, business strategy, and innovation when she co-founded IA Collaborative, the global design and innovation consultancy, in 2000.Today, Kathleen is leading the conversation to elevate design’s impact even further, championing it as the way to solve our world’s most urgent problems. A Harvard Visiting Professor of Design for Social Innovation, she is at the forefront of a movement to change the way healthcare understands and applies design, and is the author of Design for Health: The Beginning of a New Dialogue Between Design and Public Health.Kathleen and I talk about designing for behavior, how research is creative and bringing joy into healthcare.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 19: Designing a Patient Revolution | Maggie Breslin and Victor Montori
Maggie Breslin is the director of The Patient Revolution, an action and advocacy movement for careful and kind care. She and her team work towards a vision of a healthcare future defined by unhurried conversations, seeing people in all their complexity, and care plans that make intellectual, emotional, and practical sense. Maggie has spent 15+ years as a designer and researcher in the healthcare space, including 7 years at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. She has done extensive work on the development and implementation of communication tools and programs that aim to foster conversations in exam rooms, hospital rooms, homes and public spaces about our lives and our health. She also teaches in the Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Victor M. Montori, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. An endocrinologist, health services researcher, and care activist, Victor is the author of more than 690 peer-reviewed publications and is among the most cited researchers in clinical medicine and in social science. He is a recognized expert in evidence-based medicine and shared decision making, and minimally disruptive medicine. He works in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic's KER Unit, to advance person-centered care for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. He is the author of the book Why We Revolt, and is leading a movement, a Patient Revolution, for careful and kind care for all.Bon talks with Maggie and Victor about the language of care, industrialized health care and why they started The Patient Revolution.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 18: Designing a User Friendly World | Cliff Kuang
Cliff Kuang is a user-experience designer at Google and author of User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play, which was called a “tour de force” by the New York Times and was also named an Amazon Best Book of 2019. Previously, he was head of UX and product at Fast Company; the founder of Fast Company’s design site, Co.Design; and an editor at Wired. Under his leadership, Co.Design became an award-winning source of insight and inspiration for a generation of designers. Bon and Cliff talk about how Three Mile Island was the worst design fail in U.S. history, feedback loops and why most unsexy wicked problems actually demand the most talented designers.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 17: Trauma Responsive Design | Rachael Dietkus
Meet Rachael Dietkus. She’s a clinical social worker who has dedicated her career to trauma responsive practices in design. After a 10-year career working with social justice and human rights non-profits, she pursued a Master of Social Work and worked at Veterans Affairs across the patient advocacy, planning and construction, and housing and homelessness arenas. Since 2016, she has been working in higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Dean at the School of Social Work and the Associate Director of Programs at the new Siebel Center for Design. Bon and Rachael talk about how design and social work fit together, why designers should think more like social workers and about the journey of developing the field of trauma responsive design. You will also hear advice on how to respond to trauma that you may be experiencing during this pandemic.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
EP 16: Health in All Design | Andrew Ibrahim
Andrew M. Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and Chief Medical Officer at HOK, a global design and architecture firm. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees education both with Honors at Case Western Reserve University with a year of coursework at University College London and The Bartlett School of Architecture. In addition to his health services research degree from the University of Michigan as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, he completed additional policy training as a Crile Fellow at Princeton University and as a Doris Duke Fellow at John Hopkins Hospital. Andrew’s research at the interface of healthcare, policy evaluation and architecture has resulted in numerous publications, book chapters, international presentations. Bon and Andrew talk about health in all design, failures in medicine, and so much more.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 15: Designing the Great Indoors | Emily Anthes
Humans are an indoor species; we spend about 90% of our time inside buildings. What makes a building sick or a living room healthy? Explore the science of indoor spaces with Emily Anthes, the author of The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness. Emily and Bon talk about the design of modern hospitals, evidenced-based design and tips on creating healthier indoor spaces.
48 minutes | 5 months ago
EP 14: Jam Session featuring Mike Natter
In this special holiday edition of Design Lab, Dr. Mike Natter (from Episode 3) joins us as our return guest! In this fun meandering conversation, our producer Rob Pugliese asks Bon and Mike about their holiday plans, TikTok, quarantine puppies, Jeopardy, reducing pandemic stress and so much more. Enjoy and happy holidays!
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