Since 2010, I've worked on a wide range of medical device projects. My first project was designing the UI for a 128x160 pixel PCA device. I loved tackling the visual design challenges that came with needing to display drug delivery information at a limited screen size. From then on, I’ve been hooked on solving complex visual design problems. I’ve worked on 14 medical device-related projects, with 8 of them making it to market so far.
I was fortunate enough to lead the design effort over the last couple years for LibreView: a first generation web app. I joined the project when it was just a loose idea and worked with the product management to shape the product vision. After testing and vetting the concept, I created assets and specifications for development and testing. Once the product went live I continued to provide design support for site maintenance and incremental improvements.
Being the lead designer and a contractor on a multi-year project required an efficient approach to design and documentation. As a contractor, I wasn’t able to be on the project 24/7 even though it would have been helpful. This led to finding a lot of new ways to convey design details to developers. There are some promising tools beginning aid this process but ultimately annotated PDFs and powerpoint presentations were the best way to document design details for this project.
This project really solidified the idea that creating the best app possible requires developer and designer input throughout the entire development process. It may be cheaper or faster to keep developers and designers separate during but you are risking slips in schedule or product quality of project resets and inefficiencies downstream are real.
The IRay System delivers precisely targeted X-ray beams to the macula to treat advanced wet macular degeneration (wetAMD). The custom UI displays procedural guidance and feedback throughout the 20 minute procedure.
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