Final year project
Improving treatment adherence and user experience for patients with cystic fibrosis
A small portable nebuliser for people with cystic fibrosis. Designed with the user in mind, Optimo aims to improve treatment adherence by allowing the user to prepare medication cartridges before leaving the house for a quick and easy set up for treatment wherever they may be.
Optimo Carry Case
The nebuliser comes with a fabric carry case with a compartment at the base made to keep medication cool. The carry case is designed with a sporting theme to help reduce stigma and fit in with daily life.
Optimo Carry Case
The user is able to take the case on the move when they don't have time to administer treatment at home.
A connected app is used to monitor adherence rates and give a new reason to take their medication by encouraging the user to set goals for themselves such as running in charity events or personal sporting goals. Taking their medication will be a way of reaching this goal, therefore the user is not just taking their medication simply because they have been told due to being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
BeeCo, designed to blend in with the garden, is a monitoring system and educational package for adults and children. It encourages users to find ways of attracting bumblebees to visit their garden and potentially nest in order to aid conservation efforts.
LAVA is an innovative portable glass and mug washer. It’s elegant modern design is in keeping with other kitchen appliances. It automates the household chores of cleaning drink-ware whilst providing it in an energy efficient way to do so.
I was made aware of the issues which are faced by people with cystic fibrosis during my placement year. This project gave me the chance to explore user centred design, something I have always taken an interest with, in a meaningful and positive way.
A product does not solve everything and it can often be superfluous to the task or situation. In a time where sustainable and eco-friendly products are more important than ever, we must look at other design solutions. I am hoping to go into service or user experience design following my degree. My passion in the design process lies more towards the research phase and understanding the needs and wants of the user by adopting an empathetic approach. I enjoying going out to speak with real users face to face and find that, ultimately, solving someone's problem is the most fulfilling element of design for me.
06/17 - 06/18