Design education improves welfare and well-being

Innovation and improved welfare in health care. This is one of the reasons the school does research in teaching methods.

And in order to consolidate Design School Kolding’s role as a forerunner in innovative design thinking Researcher Kathrina Dankl is currently in the USA to present her paper “Teaching for Future Health Care Innovation” at the LearnXDesign 2015 Conference in Chicago.

The conference serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas on the latest research in design education. It will include presentations, workshops, and a Live Learning Lab for participants to engage with design methodologies and tools for teaching. Keynotes are held by Victor Margolin/Co-Editor Design Issues and Murphy MacDonald/IDEO.

Dankl’s conference contribution presents teaching methods in the context of Welfare Design, one of the main three research fields of Design School Kolding. The paper promotes student-led teaching and builds upon as well as expands Design School Kolding's existing teaching.

After the conference Kathrina Dankl will continue to the Mayo Clinic to meet Dr. Montori and learn about his experiences with patient involvement and shared decision making.

About Kathrina Dankl
Kathrina has a degree in Industrial Design and a PhD in Design Anthropology. Her doctoral research Very Experienced People: An Ethnography of Design, Ageing and Style (2011) was supervised by Prof. Alison Clarke, Universiy of Applied Arts Vienna and Prof. Jeremy Myerson, Royal College of Art London. Her research interests focus on Design Anthropology, Welfare Design, Ageing, Inclusive Design, Design Methods and Social Innovation. Kathrina divides her time between Kolding and Vienna, where she leads her own design consultancy Studio Dankl. Her latest publications include Design Diversity (2014) and 'Style, Strategy and Temporality: How to Write an Inclusive Design Brief?' The Design Journal (2013).