When it’s not right it’s just not right…drawing under instruction from a 4 year old at the crèche I do for children of woman learning English. I can not take credit for the large circular drawing.
Through a website called ideastap which I am a memeber, I applied to be part of a project for the National Youth Theatre. NYT plan to put on large scale performances this summer in a number of large cities and looked for young people [15-25] to come and help have ideas for how to promote and capture the ideas for the performances. I helped come up with and develop ideas, that were presented to the creative director of NYT and other staff.
It was a really fun project to be involved with both as a non-NYT member taking part in some distinctly drama type games and workshops and coming up with ideas with others from lots of very varied fields of interest and experts…including some nokia designers.
Not quite so exciting as it might sound…but i’m loosely now acting as a designer in residence at a London doctors surgery. So far it has involved quite small simple things like graphic design type stuff. One arising problem looking for a solution was for baby clinic. During baby clinic parents can come to see the health visitor to have baby weighed and also to discuss any queries or concerns with the health visitor. The current system is a basket where as parents arrive they place their red book [nhs record book that documents the childs health from 0 to pre-school] and stick on a numbered post-it note. This system means that parents don’t always stick a number on so there is disagreements and confusion.
In speaking to health visitors and nurses at the surgery and worked out that the best system would not be an improvement of the ‘post-it’ note system but computerising the booking-in while maintaining the session as drop-in. Doing it via reception on the computer had been tried before but as it was not properly implemented so it was given up on. I have discussed it with those involved, receptionists, nurses and health visitors, so that everyone understands the changes so that it works well. Of course this also involves making a poster…they are hard to escape.
To clarify any confusion all normal appointments are booked using a computer but baby clinic appointments haven’t because the clinic is drop-in and also young babies aren’t always registered on the system so slightly more complicated but do-able.