If it has a Sign, It’s Probably Healthcare Design!

There is a fundamental principle that is well-known to most designers:

https://www.propublica.org/article/if-it-needs-a-sign-its-probably-bad-design

Read this article from Propublica by Lena Groeger, designer and journalist, to learn more about “sign” design for Epipens, Norman Doors, and even bathroom showers. The bottom line is that a sign is a superficial solution that does not fundamentally address or fix the bad design.

There are a lot of signs in healthcare! We just went to the pediatrician where we saw this:

These observations lead me to another fundamental principle of design:

If it has a Sign, it’s Probably Healthcare Design!

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