Design matters. Alot. Design solves problems and communicates and makes life better.
I've written a couple of long posts about design and diabetes in the last couple of days, one that I didn't post and one that I did and then deleted. It's not that either of them were wrong or inappropriate. It's just that when I read them, I didn't like the tone. They sounded whiny and complaining. And I don't want to go there, if possible. I do feel whiny and complaining when I think about the physical design of my pump or the packaging of all the supplies or the lack of creative attachment options. But you know what. The gratitude, the absolute amazement at how well the stuff works, always overrides my nagging frustration. Back and forth I go between real gratitude and resigned acceptance. But it occurs to me is that there is another option here. And that is constructive, positive, respectful feedback about the design of the stuff. Say what works, what doesn't, what I wish I had, what I wish was different. It's not about criticism, but rather, some observations and a wish list.
I believe design really contributes to the quality of life. It really matters how an amazing, life altering, engineering wonder like the pump integrates into real peoples lives. It took my 5 years to make the leap and some of the factors that held me back were, at their core, design issues. Now that I'm on the pump I can't believe it took me so long to reap the benefits of all that it has to offer. And yet still, I think it could be improved. So I'm adding a new category to capture thoughts about design of the all the stuff that comes with diabetes, all in the spirit of honest feedback rather than the cranky, complaining place I've been in the past.