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Austin Design Week: Trojan Horses & Systems Design

Location: Health Discovery Building

Address: 1601 Trinity St., Building B, Austin, Texas 78701 | View Map »

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Time: 12–1 p.m.

Contact: Katherine Jones

About the Event

As Dell Medical School moves the focus of academic medicine to factors of health beyond medical care, we find that the wicked societal problems yet to be addressed require sectors and entities to work together in unfamiliar, uncharted ways. Challenges that have no singular client, no one decision maker and no clear way to proceed require us to make space for new ways of working, new applications of design and new engagement models.

Whether we’re designing in arenas like service, environments or products, every engagement ultimately leads to systems design, regardless of how it walked in the door. We are evolving our approaches and methods to understand what’s really at the heart of the Trojan horses that enter our studio as overly focused and/or overly simplified problems and objectives.

This panel, part of Austin Design Week, featuring leaders from the Design Institute for Health — a radical collaboration between Dell Med and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin — will share how we’re applying a systems design approach, including a brief history and primer on systems design and reporting from the field with tangible examples of systems thinking, maps and design from current work.

This event is for anyone curious about the convergence of design and health and, more broadly, the complex interconnectedness of systems, including members of the Austin design community, Dell Medical School, community organizations, elected officials and policy makers.