I keep saying that design matters. Well lately I've been thinking about what I would do if I could redesign the insulin pump. I know that engineering matters first, but for this exercise, let's assume that the engineering works. At this point I'm interested in what I would actually change to make an insulin pump better. Better to live with. Better to interact with. Better integration into everyday, 24/7 living. What doesn't work? What bugs the crap out of me. What is the actual design problem?
A friend of mine who's an accomplished designer put it perfectly. Don't focus on the solution. Define the problem. So that's what I'm going to do. I want to create a design brief for the people who could do something about this. It takes the identification of the problem for the problem to be solved. It takes a picture first to make a change. It takes a request before anything will evolve. It could be fun. It will definitely be cathartic. And who knows what could come of it. You just never know unless you try.
And if anyone has any thoughts about design issues or annoyances or problems they've experienced in with the pump, I'd love to hear them. I'm interested in aesthetic issues, user issues (like readability or tube snagging or function navigation etc.), as well as integration issues (like how easy or difficult it is to wear with clothes, like dresses for instances, or the clip, it's size, the hardness of it etc.). Since I'm only one person I have only one experience. Any other insights you might have would be great. Plus how cool would it be to turn the silent endurance of these issues into a healthy and positive conversation. A conversation that could, very possibly, bring about a change!
Thanks for the image from skiingutah.