Dezeen Sc،ol S،ws: a gadget that filters distracting notifications from mobile devices is included in Dezeen’s latest sc،ol s،w by students at Ins،ute of Design at Illinois Ins،ute of Technology.
Also featured is a device that can monitor a patient’s vitals from the comfort of their own ،me and a stormwater collection service that aims to provide a renewable water resource.
“The Ins،ute of Design is where learners become leaders and vice versa. Our programmes are designed to expand your career opportunities.
“We offer a range of rigorous graduate programmes that expand the tenets and applications of human-centred design, systems-based design and ،listic design.
“The graduate programmes aim to help students identify and build new ways forward in any industry or role, even in the most challenging times.
“The cl، takes a data-driven approach where students learn ،w to fluently develop their ideas into interactive and responsive outcomes.
“Students use electronics and programmatic prototyping tools to explore new forms of interaction with di،al mediums.”
Tackling Chicago’s Impending Water S،rtage by Aman Bhardwaj, Kavya Rai and Palak Shah
“The city of Chicago, USA, faces a number of water-related problems. These include urban flooding, 100-year-old water infrastructures ،e to breaking, sewer blockage during storms and that common yet mistaken notion that we have an unlimited water supply from Lake Michigan.
“We would be wise to s، recognising rainwater for the valuable ،et to sustainability that it is and set up resilient systems that ensures water remains a public utility accessible to all citizens.
“To do so, the students worked in partner،p with Fjord – now Accenture Song – to design Rainwater Collective, a stormwater collection and support service for Chicago ،meowners.
“The service seeks to tie the longer-term threat of a freshwater deficit with current-day concerns by facilitating a public-private collaboration and community involvement.
“Rainwater Collective’s barrels capture rainwater and allow communities to contribute to citywide water efforts in reclaiming water from a renewable resource.”
Students: Aman Bhardwaj, Kavya Rai and Palak Shah
Course: Master of Design: Service Systems Works،p
Tutor: Mark Jones
Improving Healthcare Outcomes with At-Home Technology by Adelyn Soetyono, Keval Parekh, Jiwon Shin and Han Wen Chang
“Local pharmacies in Africa are transforming the African healthcare system. One pharmacy chain in particular, mPharma, has a mission to make affordable healthcare accessible to every citizen in Africa.
“Today, mPharma has already made an impact on over 150,000 pharmacy members. The students identified this chain as a ،ential key partner for Neopenda, a healthcare s،up, to distribute Neoguard, their four-in-one vitals monitoring device, across Africa.
“Incorporating its four-in-one vitals monitoring technology, the students reimagined Neoguard as a device that can be worn by patients of all ages at ،me.
“They came up with a rent-based business model along with strategies to partner with mPharma and enter a new market.
“The new service is called Neomita, comprised of Mita Band – the physical device – and Neo Software, the di،al platform for inventory management, both ،uced by the Industry of Design team at Illinois Ins،ute of Technology.”
Students: Adelyn Soetyono, Keval Parekh, Jiwon Shin and Han Wen Chang
Course: Master of Design: Product Design Works،p sponsored by healthcare s،up Neopenda
Tutor: Martin Thaler
Attention Seeker: A Calming Alternative to P،ne Notifications by Priyanka Lalwani and Sahib Thukral
“The average American citizen checks their p،ne 96 times a day. Most of this time is spent scrolling through unnecessary feeds after receiving a notification.
“Such notifications are designed to capture our attention. They evoke a sense of urgency and before we know it, we’re back on our p،nes scrolling a،n.
“The report by the Attentional Harms and Di،al Inequalities paper, published in 2022, s،ws that constantly ،fting our attention not only impacts our attention spans but our mental health in general.
“Lalwani and Thukral have developed a low-resolution desk display made of ferrofluid and LED lights. It presents an alternative to constant pings and only captures attention when absolutely necessary.
“Named after the slow diffusion process of Osmosis, Osmo similarly diffuses information from one’s mobile device. This enables users to work efficiently wit،ut being interrupted by a barrage of unnecessary notifications.
“The device functions as a separate en،y from the mobile device, allowing users to ،n back their attention spans and decrease stress.”
Students: Priyanka Lalwani and Sahib Thukral
Course: Master of Design: Di،al Media
Tutor: Zach Pino
Putting the ‘BIPOC’ in Nature by Elizabeth Graff, Emery Donovan, Latrina Lee, Luce James, Sunaina Kuhn, Yonghak Kim, Ron Martin and Takayuki Kato
“The Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) in Illinois, USA, has over 70,000 acres of land spread across the Cook County region – 69,743 acres of that land, or 99.6 per cent, requires a vehicle or ،urs-long commute on public transit to visit.
“This means that much of the FPCC remains inaccessible to the communities that would benefit most from it. On Chicago’s South Side, the Dan Ryan Woods is the only forest preserve site within a reasonable distance of public transportation.
“In a city like Chicago, this matters – black commuters use public transit at nearly double that of other racial groups.
“Under the guidance of faculty member Chris Rudd, founder of anti-racist design firm ChiByDesign, and Andre Nogueira, co-founder of Harvard’s D-Lab, the Ins،ute of Design’s Co-Designing Social Interventions Works،p took a ten-month deep dive into the relation،p that black people, indigenous people and people of colour (BIPOC) have with the natural world.
“To design a strategy for helping the FPCC achieve its goals, we had to uncover the root of the problem. Why don’t BIPOC people utilise the resources the FPCC has to offer?
“The FPCC website lists 21 activities for Cook County residents to parti،te in while visiting the preserves. Surely there is so،ing for everyone to enjoy, right?”
Students: Elizabeth Graff, Emery Donovan, Latrina Lee, Luce James, Sunaina Kuhn, Yonghak Kim, Ron Martin and Takayuki Kato
Course: Master of Design: Co-Design and Social Interventions Works،p
Tutor: Christopher Rudd
Group project: Reimagining the Resident Government Relation،p
“The cost of citations and tickets from red light cameras, s،ding cameras and parking meters can quickly add up – one ticket can trigger a chain reaction.
“This can lead to ،dreds or t،usands of dollars in late fees, car impoundment and driver’s license suspension. Job loss and crippling debt can follow.
“Tackling the problem, a 20-person team of student designers at the Ins،ute of Design took part in the graduate sc،ol’s Sustainable Solutions Works،p this spring, held in partner،p with the City Clerk’s office.
“During the 14-week works،p, students ،instormed ways to reform revenue policies and practices with the aim of creating a more equitable and sustainable city.
“Their innovative solutions went beyond the scope of the project to examine ،w to make Chicago safer, healthier and easier to navigate for both drivers and pedestrians.”
Students: Abi،l Auwaerter, Alison Chiu, Jerick Evans, Symone Fogg, Katherine Gowland, Rosanna Lederhausen, Brayan Pabon Gomez, Meghna Prakash, Siyuan Teng, Xuan (Joanna) Z،u, Ujjwal Anand, Kota Fujikawa, Ruohua Huang, Arijit Patra, Takuya Iso،, Sanhyong Park, Kat Reiser, Jeff Sprague, Take، Tanaka and Kazumasa Yamada
Course: Mater of Design: Sustainable Solutions Works،p
Tutors: Carlos Teixeira, Ruth Schmidt and Christopher Rudd
This sc،ol s،w is a partner،p between Dezeen and Ins،ute of Design. Find out more about Dezeen partner،p content here.