Visualizing the health care overhaul
About a month ago I was at a party talking about my work as a health care reporter and someone complained about how confusing the nation’s health care overhaul is. He said, “wouldn’t it be great if someone could create clear illustrations about what each section means?” It looks like he got his wish.
RISD professor (and the woman I almost rented an apartment from!) Lindsay Kinkade is walking her students through that practice in a course called Making It (Healthcare reform) Understandable. According to the course blog, students will take portions of the health care overhaul legislation and use graphic design to explain it.
How can complex public policy such as this legislative milestone in national healthcare be communicated to the public so that citizens can make informed assessments and judgments? Bringing their diverse visual and conceptual skills, students will experiment with effective ways of translating a written legislative document into effective visual and graphic design that makes the information clear, accessible and understandable.
Student work from this course will also be on display at RISD’s Make It Better symposium, a collection of conversations about how to use art and design in health care innovation.
I’ll try to post examples of the final product when they’re available.