Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology
 
Projects

Human Health Book

The Human Health book was conceived and developed in a graduate graphic design studio course by Professor Bruce Ian Meader. It was a demonstration project as part of the MEDdesign initiative in the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, was produced in a limited edition and was exhibited at the MEDdesign Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Meader’s Human Health book receives acclaim:

 

“The Human Health book is truly a marvel. I was going through it and remembering all the difficulties I have had in the last week explaining things to patients. For example, I had a patient with pulmonary hypertension and I spent 10 futile minutes trying to explain what that was. If I had had your book it would have been a breeze. I think the book is also beautiful and stands by itself as a work of art. I would like to have a large poster of the fruit and vegetable charts. I think the applications are limitless. One idea is that when patients leave the hospital or ER they get a useless paper trying to explain their disease. A well designed handout is needed. Also, we give out handouts in the office all day which are pathetic. Anyway, I enjoyed very much the bursting creativity and design of your book.”

(Rochester physician)

 

“For many people, the topic of human anatomy evokes feelings of both marvel and dismay. The workings of the body may be a wonder to behold, but their intricacies can be a pain to sort out, remember and explain.To make human anatomy easier to learn and understand, Bruce Ian Meader, an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Vignelli Center for Design Studies, and his class of 13 first-year graduate students tackled the task of streamlining diagrams of human anatomy in 2014 as part of the School’s Medicine+Design initiative. For this assignment, the class was given 10 weeks to design several short book chapters that explain systems of the human body for a general audience. To accomplish the task, the class split into small groups to research, write, and design simplified layouts of body systems, such as the brain, eyes, joints and nervous system. Once the book chapters were complete, the students worked together to assemble the chapters into a book they called the MeDesign Human Health Book.”

(Stanford University)

 

“The Human Health book, a project conceived and implemented by Professor Bruce Ian Meader, is an exemplar of design excellence targeted at information design and the demanding challenge of designing forms that make the invisible visible and understandable. This book is a major element in the RIT accomplishments related to the MeDesign Project.” (RIT Colleague)

 

A Rochester-based physician, after having seen the original Human Health book, wrote, “I think the Human Health book is truly a marvel. I was going through it and remembering all the difficulties I have had in the last week explaining things to patients. For example, I had a patient with pulmonary hypertension and I spent 10 futile minutes trying to explain what that was. If I had had your book it would have been a breeze. I think the book is also beautiful and stands by itself as a work of art.”

 

This kind of feedback by health-care professionals reactions from the medical community to the first edition of the Human Health book have led the Vignelli Center for Design Studies to begin work on a second edition of the book.

 

In the Fall of 2017 work is beginning on a new edition of the Human Health book. VCD Graduate Student Khushboo Rajesh Agarwa is designing this book in collaboration with Professors Bruce Ian Meader, R. Roger Remington and William Brewer of the College of Health Science and Technology.