Designing is more than making things look good and function well. Here's why we're applying design thinking and doing to explore this topic.
A Systemic Approach
End-of-life matters are complex systems where medical care, community gatherings, religious groups, and personal support networks all intertwine. Systemic design considers tangible and intangible aspects when addressing problems.
Producing and Testing Solutions
Designing involves thinking and doing. This approach allows us to produce real prototypes to test and learn from so a future where all peoples' wishes are documented and honored may be more likely.
Experience-Focused Design Outcomes
A smartphone app or a fancy brochure alone are probably not going to impact this issue. Experience-focused design includes the design of services, interior and exterior spaces, and other immersive outcomes that engage the senses.