The Health Design Lab uses participatory design methods to catalyze, support and amplify initiatives that address complex health challenges.
The Health Design Lab (HDL) is a research and design centre at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. We use participatory design methods to catalyze, support and amplify initiatives that address complex health challenges. To us, health is more than healthcare. Health is about community, culture, equity, agency, and much more. As a team of designers, including faculty, research associates and students, we work collaboratively with communities through storytelling, visualizing, making and co-design. Collaborations and projects may seek to foster new ideas, uncover needs or opportunities, improve systems and services, and amplify voices and stories.
Design is inherently collaborative — we never work alone. The Health Design Lab is a dynamic team that adapts to meet our project and research needs. At our core, our team includes a range of design students who work as research assistants, and are led by HDL staff, design faculty and design research associates. Together, we form collaborative teams with our partners and the communities they serve.
Our partners are often community and not-for-profit organizations, academic researchers, health authorities, or local businesses. We collaborate via direct funding from our partners, or through grants. We seek partners and collaborators that want to incorporate participatory design methods and tools into their initiative by including people with lived experience in the process.
Current research interests:
- Collaborations to support Indigenous-led projects and initiatives
- Projects related to ageing and dementia that are inclusive and participatory
- Projects that gather, centre and highlight stories as research knowledge/evidence
- Projects that seek to engage people and communities that are often missed and that may benefit from creative strategies for collaboration