Stuart Karten is the President of product innovation consultancy Karten Design. Since 1984, Karten Design has partnered with clients ranging from medical technology start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, building their businesses through meaningful design. Driven by strategic market understanding and deep-user empathy, Karten Design helps companies seize new market opportunities and create compelling products that resonate with end users, increasing adoption and enabling better patient outcomes. Its work has helped clients like CareFusion, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson address some of the medical industry’s biggest challenges, such as improving usability, improving patient compliance and commercializing new technologies.
JOE PRATT Human Factors Engineer BlackHägen Design
Joe Pratt earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Arts and Sciences, with an emphasis on Human Computer Interaction and Automation. Pratt initiated his career in the defense industry where he played a key role in the translation of research inputs into actionable insights. While conducting research in the defense industry Pratt planned, executed and analyzed advanced simulated mission scenarios and converted those insights into GUI designs. Now at BlackHägen Design, Pratt is a Human Factors Engineer and conducts Medical Device Usability Testing, including Generative Contextual Inquiry, Formative and Summative Usability Studies. Always striving to optimize the user experience, Pratt is fascinated with the impact automation has on the user’s experience, particularly clinicians executing time-critical, complex tasks.
As the Creative Lead on LUNAR’s Life Sciences Team, Scott brings a viewpoint rooted in research, design and human factors. Inside LUNAR, Scott is an advocate for users and for creatively addressing the often complex usability challenges facing products in the healthcare space. Prior to joining LUNAR, Scott worked at Hiemstra Product Development where he helped design future flagship products for medical device companies such as Medtronic, Cardica and Acclarent. He has led efforts in the design and development of an array of medical technology-related products for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Scott has received recognition for his work, including IDSA’s Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award and a Bronze Spark Award. Additionally, he has been a part-time instructor at the Academy of Art University’s Industrial Design Master’s Degree program. Scott received a BFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006.
The Design Foundation’s Online Auction closed Monday, October 6, 2014 and we’d like to give a big shout out to all of the donors and participants. The total raised for design education is still being tallied, but this year’s auction, given the change in format was very successful. Some highlights include:
Excellent design is now recognized as essential for business success. Design thinking is equally beneficial in the business world and social domain. This spring IDSA will explore the changing and challenging landscape of design from five different angles at five District Design Conferences held across the US between March 26 and May 1.
IDSA, its Board of Directors, staff and membership offer our deepest condolences to the DMI community and the family of Michael Westcott, IDSA who passed away Saturday, October 4th after an abbreviated struggle with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. As a long-time member of IDSA, Michael was very influential in the Industrial Design community and as DMI's President, IDSA's relationship with DMI was strengthened under his leadership.
The healthcare industry has gained the focused attention of the design community. Patient experiences are improving and consumer expectations are rising. While safety and functionality must remain the top priority in healthcare, we should ask ourselves, “how can we do more?” Yes, we are delving deeper into research, human factors, ergonomics, simulation and more. However, we must allow empathy to inform our designs: emotion, the feelings of comfort, familiarity and dignity lead to superior design solutions that humanize the healthcare experience. Healthcare designers must continue to up their game. Rob Van Varick will present recent work of the Michael Graves Design Group to show how the usability spectrum that focuses on universal design and empathy leads to “Livable Design.”
Rob Van Varick has been working for the Michael Graves Design Group (MGDG) for the past 11 years. As a partner of the firm, he works with a broad range of clients and leads design teams on a wide spectrum of projects including retail, hospitality, contract furniture and healthcare. The Michael Graves Companies employ a unique, integrated multidisciplinary approach to design to enhance the human experience at every scale—from the built environment to the objects in a room. Their mission is to provide clients around the globe with innovative design solutions that are functional, sustainable, sensitive and beautiful. MGDG strives to make the ordinary extraordinary— functionally and aesthetically. The firm is built on the idea that good design is humanistic, familiar, accessible and intuitive.