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LAUNCH: A new community innovation platform will empower rural cancer patients

A new web platform released by LAUNCH (Linking & Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health), a public-private collaboration of which the University of California San Diego Design Lab is a founding member, will enable community-led connected cancer innovation. The platform, “LAUNCHPAD,” may be found at

"This contextual research demonstrates the complexity of community-based design. It shows how faith, independence, and family are critical to understanding healthcare. Many standard methods of applying community-based workers completely ignore these issues." - Don Norman, Design Lab Director

Planned Search for Director of the UC San Diego Design Lab

This is an informal notice, issued while awaiting formal approval through the various required committees for the official recruitment advertisement. The Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego is now in its 6th year of operation, established by the chancellor to become a major international center for human-centered design, with the focus upon design as a way of thinking, especially dealing with a people-centered approach to complex sociotechnical systems. The Design Lab’s founding director, Don Norman, has announced his desire to retire from this position at the end of the 2019-2020 Academic year (June 30, 2020). UC San Diego will perform a major, international search for the new director.

Civic Design – DSGN 160: Open Enrollment

This studio course explores how to design products, services, and policies for complex socio-technical systems. The class will follow a human-centered design process that includes user research, concept generation, prototyping, pitching, and alliance building. Students will work in teams to design solutions to civic challenges affecting people in the San Diego region. This will be a good course for intermediate to advanced design students who want to build up their portfolio and to practice their skills with sketching, storyboarding, prototyping, and evaluating services for real-world problems.

As part of this class, teams will enter the Design for San Diego 2020 challenge ( and interact with other innovators, experts, and mentors throughout the city to address problems related to Mobility, Health, Environment, and Housing. Top teams will have an opportunity to present their work and win prizes at events in downtown San Diego!
Design@Large UCSD Design Lab

Design@Large Winter 2020

Design@Large will return on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Check back for more details.

*Angèle Christin (Stanford University)
*John Ayers (UC San Diego)
*Cat Hicks (Catharsis Consulting)
*Lera Boroditski (UC San Diego)
*Haoqi Zhang (Northwestern University)
*Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University, United Kingdom) - Thursday, 2/20 in Atkinson Hall
*Linda Hill (UC San Diego)
*Haijun Xia (UC San Diego)
FCC Connect2Health L.A.U.N.C.H.

FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force has released the L.A.U.N.C.H. Senior Leadership Think Tank

Design Lab participants: Faculty member Eliah Aronoff-Spencer and Post-Doc Melanie McComsey

The Federal Communications Commission's Connect2Health Task Force and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health convened a groundbreaking meeting at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC, with senior thought leaders from both the public and private sectors and across the country. The broad expertise included representatives from government, academia, industry, healthcare systems, public health, biotechnology, design and innovation, and telecommunications. The day-long meeting was designed to usher in the next phase of the L.A.U.N.C.H. initiative by gathering information and individual expert input related to the initiative's efforts to date.
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