You can Make Health!

mott blog - design app imageHave you heard of the maker movement? It’s a grass roots “Do It Yourself” (DIY) movement to encourage kids and adults to “learn by doing”, and to do this learning with peers, for the purposes of fun and self-fulfillment.

We (myself and my colleague Matt Kenyon, Associate Professor at the Stamps School of Art and Design) are leading a group of individuals at the University of Michigan and from the larger community, to support maker activities for health, as we believe that kids and caregivers should part of the creation and promotion of health.

To encourage kids to become creators and designers of their own tools and technologies for health, we have created this app design tool.

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Healthcare design by us (and you!)

Creating a culture of participatory design in healthcare

mott blog - healthdesignbyus imageHere’s a statement you don’t see too many blog posts start out with…

We don’t know what we’ve created, but we know we’re onto something big.

It’s called Healthdesignby.us, and it’s a community of individuals (patients, doctors, makers, artists, designers, researchers, professors, students, advocates) passionate about health, technology, and participatory design.

Curious? Concerned? Skeptical? Let me give you some background.

It all started with a YouTube video.

I know there are lots of readers thinking, “Seriously? A YouTube video?”

Yup. I made a YouTube video with my son back in the fall of 2012.

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