Intelligent Sounds >

Do you or someone you know need help to improve the clarity of your speech?  Following the recent launch of the next phase of Design Together, Live Better, an online citizen innovation platform, our latest project ‘Intelligent Sounds’ is looking for your input! Intelligent Sounds is a new app to help people practise and improve […]

The Music Memory Box >

Help us shape the next product aimed at helping people with dementia Following the recent launch of the next phase of Design Together, Live Better, an online citizen innovation platform, our latest project the ‘Music Memory Box’ is looking for your input! We are looking for feedback from the experts – that is, people living […]

New online platform enables citizens to shape healthcare solutions >

The next phase of Design together, Live Better, an online citizen innovation platform has been launched to bring together members of the public living with different health conditions to share ideas and help develop the next generation of healthcare products. Design Together, Live Better connects citizens (patients, carers, family members, friends or anyone interested in […]

What’s it all about? >

Over 100 people took part in our Design Together, Live Better project, 10 ideas were shortlisted and 3  were selected for prototype development, all in 5 months! These are just some highlights of the Design Together, Live Better project, which started in May 2015. This is a citizen-led design initiative, aimed at co-creating new solutions to […]

Three prototypes revealed at ‘Enabling Collaborative Innovation’ conference >

The Design Together, Live Better team were very excited to reveal the three prototypes at the ‘Enabling Collaborative Innovation’ conference , held at the Cheltenham Racecourse in October 2015. The team has been working around the clock for the last three months to design the three ideas inspired by those participating in the project over […]

Three great ideas to maximise independence >

Here’s the three final ideas from the first Design Together, Live Better design challenge. These are being developed into prototype products, potentially to help maximise independence for people living with challenging health conditions. Companion Trolley Keeping Busy – routine and schedule Insight: The walker trolley is widely used by elderly people in the home. They […]

Design Together, Live Better challenge update >

The Design Together, Live Better team have been busy over the last few weeks reviewing all the ideas that were captured during June and July, at the public workshops, via email, the website or over the phone. The team at Designability shortlisted 12 ideas that were shared with health professionals, colleagues and health partners to […]

Thanks for your ideas so far! >

The Design Together Live Better team have had a fantastic time over the last few weeks, engaging with over 100 people at a series of eight public workshops, via the design challenge phone line, email and discussion forum. People came from across the West of England to join us at workshops in Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, […]

Design Together Live Better project update >

The initial phase of the Design Together Live Better project has now ended. From the website, the workshops and other opportunities people have had since May 2015 when the project launched there have been many ideas for tools and products to maximise independence put forward for discussion. The project team are now working on the […]

A stroke of insight >

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story. Watch her inspirational Ted talk.

How to remember your medication >

We’ve had lots of great ideas coming through both the Design Together, Live Better website via email, telephone, discussion forums and from the workshops, so please keep them coming! Karen Woodford has written to us with her daily issue and a great idea for a solution to the problem. Karen said: “I have an horrendous […]

Independence with dementia >

Hello everyone, Welcome to our blog. My name’s Jess and I work as a product designer for Designability, a charity based in Bath that researches and designs products for people with long-term health conditions. My passions in life are people and design and I’m excited to hear and learn from people’s experiences of living with […]

Parents with cerebral palsy >

Living with cerebral palsy is a challenge for some. Here’s one family’s inspiration story as they prepare for the birth of their second child that may spark some ideas and discussion.

Design Together, Live Better design challenge launches for the West >

A new people-led design challenge called Design Together, Live Better launching today is asking people living with challenging health conditions across the West to share their stories and ideas. Led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEASHN) and Designability (Bath Institute of Medical Engineering), Design Together, Live Better is asking those with […]