January 18-27, 2019

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Designing for Health, Wellness, Action and Destigmatization


Tue, Jan 16, 2018 —

Sun, Jan 21, 2018




OCAD University Sharp Centre for Design

100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON





Opening: Tue, Jan 16, 5-7pm

Daily Hours




12:00 pm - 7:00 pm


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Industrial Design 3rd year undergraduate students supervised by Associate Professor & Program chair Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres, Assistant Professor Ranee Lee, Assistant Professor Beverly Dywan, Lecturer Wesley Chau, Ruby Sniderman, project facilitators principal Codesign Connie Chisholm, Associate Codesign Kirsten White, St Clements school design students supervised by Instructor Rosa Abbiento, and the staff, families and students of the participating school for students with cognitive and physical impairments. Graduate students of the Design for Health program supervised by Associate Professor & Program chair Dr. Kate Sellen, and the volunteers at the Moss Park safe injection site.


The exhibit includes a ‘how to’ guide’ for pop-up supervised injection sites (SIS) by graduate design students, the direct result of close collaboration with the SIS at Moss Park, Toronto, in response to the urgent need to provide safe spaces for those risking overdoses. Collaboration continues the theme of participant-driven design to develop product responses to the opioid crisis for overdose first aid — Naloxone. Contextual products and systems to make Naloxone kits visible, accessible, and to break stigma, are developed by undergrad students from Industrial Design for Health and Wellness.

Individual solutions are the focus of a further part of Design for Health and Wellness projects. In this exhibition OCAD U students and St Clements school students designed solutions for independent learning and play to assist the students and teachers at a Toronto school for students with cognitive and physical impairments.  The students observed the school’s classrooms and developed concepts that were tested in the classroom. On display is a shortlist of the most successful projects, several of which have been manufactured and donated to the special needs school. The project’s success hinged on the opportunity for students to gain empathy through observation and the advice and feedback from the teachers and Occupational Therapists working with the children.

This research project is supported by St Clements School and the OCAD U Research and Innovation office (REB 1794).