About Design4Health

The Design4Health conferences have developed out of the work that researchers in Lab4Living (an initiative at the Art and Design and Health at Sheffield Hallam University) have been doing over the last 10 years and more.  Researchers have been exploring the relationship between design and creative practice, and health and wellbeing.

We believe that good design can deliver widespread benefits to society but how can design practice and processes meet the challenges of health and wellbeing in the 21st Century? Through the Design4Health conferences and publications we aim to develop environments and propose creative strategies for future living in which people of all ages and abilities ‘not merely survive’ but are enabled and empowered to live with dignity, independence and fulfilment.

Lab4Living is a trans-disciplinary research group, based on a collaborative community of researchers in design, healthcare and creative practices. We work together to address real world issues that impact on health and wellbeing, developing products, services and interventions that promote dignity and enhance quality of life. You can find out more at the Lab4Living website.

The first European conference on Design4Health was held in Sheffield in July 2011 and, building on its success, was followed by conferences in 2013, 2015, 2017 (Melbourne, Australia) and 2018.

As a result of bringing the emerging design and health community together through the conference, we have also created further opportunities for publishing research in this area by developing a new journal; Design For Health, published by Taylor & Francis, was launched in 2016 and has recently expanded from two issues per year to three issues per year.

For up-to-date information about Design4Health events and publications, see our latest D4H news items and join the conference mailing list.

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  • Recent news from Lab4Living…

    The Health Foundation SHINE award
    Lab4Living has been awarded a SHINE fund from The Health Foundation to implement and measure the impact of the spinal injury design workshops.

    ‘Head Up’ developing new neck supports
    People with neck muscle weakness are set to benefit from improved designs of neck supports thanks to Lab4Living designers and their partners.

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