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Design School Confidential by Lita Talarico, Steven Heller

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project brief
This project is connected to the activities of a
research unit in medical design, located inside
the Venice hospital. It involves private business
rms and research centers giving students fi rst-
hand information about the most pressing prob-
lems, in order to devise experimental, innovative
solutions and to test them under real conditions.
The projects presented here deal with different
topics in the fi eld of medical information design.
One concerns the orientation and information
systems within hospital structures, a second
concerns the communicative interface of medi-
cal products and equipment. Another important
subject relates to the distribution and intake of
drugs in hospitals and at home. The signifi cance
of the communicative aspects in all these cases is
heightened by the widespread diffusion of digital
technologies and by the changing cultural profi le
of the users of such information systems.
project goal
The project brief expresses the needs of the dif-
ferent users of information systems as based on
previous contacts with various experts and medi-
cal institutions. But each student must develop
supplementary broad spectrum analyses and
interviews, to more thoroughly investigate their
topic and to create innovative and unconvention-
al design proposals.
The project explores different ways to solve
relevant social and personal problems by offer-
ing the right information at the right time to
people needing and providing medical care.
project outcome
Many of these projects, such as orientation sys-
tems for hospitals, electronic clinical records, and
vocal and tactile tools for blind people using dis-
pensers, are on the road to being realized.
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Class: Master in Medical Design/
Information Design
Level: Masters
Faculty: Medardo Chiapponi
Duration of Project: One Semester plus Thesis
University IUAV of Venice /
Department of Art and Industrial Design
Venice, Italy
Medical Information Design
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MyKey, Universal Remote Control
for Vending Machines
Student: Erika Cunico
It’s important for vending machines to be acces-
sible to everyone, so they don’t create new social
barriers. This project analyzes the automatic dis-
tribution theme, from food distributors to ticket
machines, aiming to increase the use of this
technology to make it easily accessible to people
with impaired vision. The idea developed in this
project is to update existing machines with a new
technological device: MyKey, a remote control
that communicates with the vending machines
using Bluetooth technology. MyKey will tell blind
people which kind of vending machines or dis-
tributors are they in front of and what services
and possibilities each of them offers. Using the
remote control and its pad, they will be able to
select its functions. During this operation, the
person receives audio and physical feedback. For
example, a short acoustical sound or a light vibra-
tion will help the user identify their choice.
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Smart Wayfi nding Totem
Student: Carlo Busolin
The Smart Wayfi nding Totem
provides a fl exible solution to
wayfi nding in a hospital envi-
ronment. When one enters a
large and complex public space
such as a hospital, it is usual to
feel out of place and confused.
To solve this problem, I imag-
ined providing every hospital
visitor with an RFID transpon-
der, tagged with their destina-
tion, and leading them there
along the shortest path, with
the support of “intelligent”
totem poles. To achieve this, I
designed a dispenser that sup-
plies a tagpass containing an
integrated memory and anten-
nas to communicate with other
poles, purposely designed to
lead guests to their destina-
tions. The poles are fi tted with
a screen and specifi c hardware
able to exchange information
with the RFID card in the pass.
When guests bring their pass
close to the pole’s antenna, hid-
den inside a yellow shell, the
system reads their destination
and directs them appropriately
with an audio-visual message.
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