None- personal project
Concept Designer, Interaction Designer, Speculative Designer
Lumi is a personal speculative design project I am working on which explores the question- How might we detect skin cancer in it's earliest stages? Lumi is a fictitious product intended to spark discussion and thought on the topic of skin cancer. Bioreactive dye in Lumi responds to skin cancer cells, changing the color of affected skin areas temporarily to reveal areas of concern. The logotype for Lumi was created using a hand-modified version of Futura.
Skin Cancer is a terrifying reality which, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation, impacts millions of individuals each year. While it is common for individuals see a dermatologist for an annual skin cancer screening, the process of going into a doctor's office, stripping down, and having someone examine your skin can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. With this project, I examined the questions: How might we detect skin cancer in it's earliest stages? How might we normalize skin cancer screening such that it is regular, rather than annual, event? How might we incorporate skin cancer detection into organic experiences, where individuals are already undressed or caring for their skin?
Design fiction, Identity Design, Product Design, Interaction Design
Sketch, Plastic and Paper goods for simulation exercise
The Design Process
The design process for Lumi started in a dermatologists office. I went for my annual skin cancer screening and thought to myself- well, this is awkward! I wondered if there was any way for me to check for skin cancer on my own. Upon finding nothing to that effect, I thought this would be a great speculative project to work on!
So, I began looking into the landscape of current science and technology trends and noticed that bioreactive dyes were being used in interesting ways, like in tattoo ink to monitor blood glucose. I thought it could be interesting to explore how a bioreactive dye could be used to identify skin cancer. And so, Lumi was born.
In the design process I used three key methodologies to capture my ideas- the futures cone, the futures wheel, and prototyping. The next step in the process will be to use the prototype and a faux Lumi 'kit' to gather real human reactions to the idea. The section below articulates how the prototyping and simulation experience will be architected to gather feedback.
Prototyping & Simulation Experience
The next steps in this project will be to present a real, human participant group (likely some friends!) with the Lumi website prototype and have them place an order! I will then promptly supply them with a bottle of Lumi which they can rub into their skin. After applying Lumi, participants will be handed a small envelope containing a clear or tinted dot (the 'kit') which they will stick to their skin. The dot will serve as a metaphor for Lumi's detected results. The clear dots will indicate that no cancer is detected while colored dots will represent that some stage of cancer is detected. Participants will then discuss how they feel in learning about their skin cancer status and what actions they might take next in managing this issue.
Participants will be photographed throughout the session and their feedback will be recorded in note form. An affinity map will be created, grouping emergent themes identified in the sessions. These themes will be used to inform the next iteration of Lumi and the Lumi diagnostic app.
"The Art Experience"