Jeroen van de Ruit

Shortly after having started the Design for Interaction master’s programme, I decided to enrol for Medisign. Ever since high school I have had an interest in medicine and this specialisation turned out to be the perfect opportunity to combine two very different fields of expertise. Little did I know that the vast possibilities of Medisign would radically alter my perspective on my studies and, more importantly, remind me of my responsibility as a designer. During a little over 18 months, I have studied the behaviour of diabetic patients, designed surgical instruments for dissection, interviewed numerous doctors and nurses for a project on patient transportation and studied specific areas of a hospital environment. Opportunities for interesting projects are endless and depend largely on the motivation and persistence of the student. Therefore, Medisign isn’t so much a specialisation as an opportunity for students to go far beyond previous boundaries. Every single course and elective enables the acquisition of skills to incorporate the specific attention of medical design needs. It is equally rewarding to always present your findings alongside other Medisign students, and to broaden your knowledge of other areas of medicine. Now that I am close to the end of my studies I can conclude with my graduation project, which again has the enticing opportunity to enhance interactions and enable a more secure way of patient transportation. Medisign has left me with a real sense of just how broad the medical field can be and at this point I can only imagine the projects I might one day work on. One way or another, I hope to further pursue my interest in medicine and maintain the idea that any medical design should not make a user’s experience different, but rather, better.