THE FUTURE IS NOW!
The overall theme of Design4Health 2020 was collectively chosen by the organising committee: Designing Future Health. We had never foreseen how relevant and crucial this theme would be. We asked for submissions in 2019 addressing questions like: What will health look like in the future?, and: How might current research trends translate into the future for design and health?
But this was before covid-19 reared its ugly head. Since then, extraordinary activities in the field of design for health have popped up worldwide. The crucial role that design could play for health, has been shown everywhere in this COVID-19 era.
We would have loved to welcome you in beautiful Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the 1st of July 2020. However, in April 2020 we had to take the tough decision not to proceed with the conference this year. The request for papers continued and it got a historically high response. A wide variety of topics presented through the papers that describe work undertaking pre COVID-19 and some of them refer to the pandemic.
To stay connected, we opened up a digital workspace in Mural, which enables visual collaboration for the D4H community. Please share your thoughts, ideas and wishes on the role of design for health now, and in the future. And remember: The future is now!
Stay safe, the conference chair: Sabine Wildevuur, director DesignLab University Twente, Paul Chamberlain, design director of Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University, and Claire Craig, health director of Lab4Living.