Designer + Sustainability Strategist

Join: Diabetes Kit

Join: Type 1 Diabetes Kit

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Join: A service/mail order kit for Type1 Diabetics.


Medical/ Design Research/ App/ Product Service


MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts. Fall 2017

Project team

In collaboration with Phuong Anh Nugyen, Tzu Ching Lin, and Runshi Wei.


JOIN is a mail-order supply and learning kit for Type 1 Diabetics. The kit provides all of the T1 diabetes supplies and medication, joined together in one comprehensive and comforting format. It also includes step-by-step tutorials and guidance, using easy to read visuals printed right on the box and guided video tutorials and resources in the app. The JOIN experience is a customizable, easy to re-order, and affordable one. After receiving the first kit, diabetics can customize the next orders based on which brands work best, which products or medications are needed as they stay on top of the newest diabetes technology.

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This project focused on what could be created in terms of a do-it-yourself (DIY) healthcare. The project began by thinking about different angles with which DIY components could be implemented and started with a concept around “journaling” as well as a look into DIY hospital kiosks. Through comprehensive secondary research, we gained a deeper understanding of what was feasible, where the red tape was, and then began talking to patients of chronic illnesses. After speaking to patients with Type I Diabetes, Parkinson’s and Epilepsy it became clear that there were many different steps and medications these patients had to partake in everyday, but patients with Type I Diabetes were already greatly involved in DIY healthcare. From here the project focused on Type I Diabetes and spoke with many patients in order to better learn what their daily routine was, what the on-boarding process was, and how the project may be able to intervene and make this better.

Seeing how many different devices each patient had to carry around with them every day, reorder separately from separate pharmacies felt overwhelming to us and was a clear pain point for them. This is where the Diabetes Kit began and evolved along the way. It was also important that there be a phone app that went along with the kit, which was eventually integrated to pair with it.



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