One of the most complex global challenges is improving wellbeing and developing strategies for promoting health or preventing ‘illbeing’ of the population. The role of designers in indirectly supporting the promotion of healthy lifestyles or in their contribution to illbeing has emerged. This means designers now need to consider, both morally and ethically, how they can ensure that they ‘do no harm’ and that they might deliberately decide to promote healthy lifestyles and therefore prevent ill health.

Design for Health illustrates the history of the development of design for health, the various design disciplines and domains to which design has contributed. Through 26 case studies presented in this book, the authors reveal a plethora of design research methodologies and research methods employed in design for health.

The editors also present, following a thematic analysis of the book chapters, seven challenges and seven areas of opportunity that designers are called upon to address within the context of healthcare. Furthermore, five emergent trends in design in healthcare are presented and discussed. This book will be of interest to students of design as well as designers and those working to improve the quality of healthcare.

part I|21 pages

Setting the scene

part II|5 pages

Designing for health

part 1|72 pages

Design for public health

chapter 3|19 pages


Soft service design outside the envelope of healthcare

chapter 4|14 pages


Behaviour-change interventions for public health

chapter 5|20 pages


The beneficial health outcomes of salutogenic design

chapter 6|18 pages


The contribution of typography and information design to health communication

part 2|80 pages

Design in acute health

chapter 7|43 pages


Healing architecture

chapter 8|16 pages


Product design in acute health

chapter 9|20 pages


Designing care bundle documentation to support the recognition and treatment of acute kidney injury: a route to quality improvement

part 3|101 pages

Design in chronic health

chapter 10|13 pages


Design and behaviour change in health

chapter 11|12 pages


Communication design in chronic health

chapter 12|25 pages


Service design in chronic health

chapter 13|19 pages


Designing products for chronic health

chapter 14|17 pages


Urban design and wellbeing

chapter 15|14 pages

Design innovation

Embedding design process in a charity organisation: evolving the Double Diamond at Macmillan Cancer Support

part 4|84 pages

Design for ageing well

chapter 16|18 pages


Exploring how a service design approach can facilitate co-design of supportive communities and service frameworks for older people

chapter 17|17 pages


Negotiating design within sceptical territory: lessons from healthcare

chapter 18|19 pages


Visual information about medicines for older patients

chapter 19|11 pages


Workplace health and wellbeing: can greater design participation provide a cure?

chapter 20|17 pages


Older adults’ behavioural strategies in the adoption of new technology-based products: the effects of ageing and the promising application of smart materials for the design of smart products

part III|34 pages

Research methods, recommendations and foresight

chapter 21|3 pages

Design insider

The patient perspective

chapter 22|8 pages


The next big frontier in healthcare

chapter 23|21 pages

Design for health

Challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, research methods and recommendations