SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute


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Ian Gwilt is Professor of Design at the University of South Australia and leads the Design Research in Health and Wellbeing initiative at the School of Art, Architecture and Design. He is interested in design for communication and knowledge mobilisation, as well as being an advocate of user-centred, participatory co-design methodologies.

For seven years, Prof. Gwilt was a key member of the Lab4Living Design Research in Healthcare Group at Sheffield Hallam University, and a founding member of the Design4Health international conference stream. He has worked on a number of research projects with healthcare providers both in the UK and Australia.

This includes the development of novel datavisualisation strategies for young adults who are suffering with chronic pain, to help communicate their pain profiles to professional and closesupport networks, design thinking workshops for spinal-injury survivors to help with their rehabilitation processes and the development of a toolkit to help ward staff understand and respond to patient feedback data in more effective ways.

His current work includes research into the impact of working with robots in the healthcare workplace, the co-design of age-friendly precincts, and re-thinking the dining experience in aged care. This includes thinking about how we incorporate visual-communication design practices into interdisciplinary research teams and in better defining design research practices. He also supervises PhD students in the area of design for health and wellbeing.

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