The Good Life was a brief set by the RSA Student Design Awards in 2015/16 with the goal to:
“Empower people who live with long term lifestyle-related health conditions to take a greater role in managing their own care.”
With such an open ended brief my group decided to focus on a particular condition and develop a solution that would help a wider audience, almost following an inclusive design approach (see my blog post about inclusive design here). We worked closely with a fibromyalgia support group to develop a pill box that met a number of requirements:
- it must be easy to open for someone with impaired dexterity
- but not too easy so that the contents doesn’t get spilled when taken out for the day
- small enough to be taken out for the day
- but large enough for a 40 pill per day capacity
- remind the user when to take what pills
So with the help of the fibromyalgia support group we developed a pill box with a mechanism that is easy to open but only when required, is portable and is easy to organise a weeks worth of medication as well as outline the functionality of a wearable device and an app that reminds the user when to take their medication.
(The sketches and storyboard were done by me but the cad was done by another group member).