Making it understandable- final projects
Yesterday I managed to catch the last hour of student presentations for Making it (Healthcare Reform) Understandable. Seeing the final products was a treat- when I met with the students earlier this month these projects were just rough ideas.
Here’s a sampling of what they created-
Min Kim asked herself the question- why are Rhode Islanders required to buy insurance for their cars, but not for themselves? She decided to highlight the inconsistency in a gorilla messaging campaign. It’s hard to ignore the result-
Yep. It’s a transparency that makes it look like someone’s bashed a hole in your windshield. The basic message is- you have insurance in case a baseball smashes your car, but are you insured if a baseball hits your face?
Another playful take on health reform education was this board game by Nobu Irie-
Irie comes from Japan, and he logically asked me how he could find the actual cost of certain medical procedures. He wanted a realistic number when players landed on a square like “you need knee surgery.” I told him those numbers are proprietary in the United States. Plus, they’re different depending on what hospital you use and what insurance plan you have. The insanity of that fact blew his mind.
The game is full of health emergencies phrased in the hilarious tone of a board game. One spot reads-
Are you serious? A cancer is found. Get a cancer card. If you have a cancer screening card, you can discard this cancer card for $2.
Several of the student projects explored the state’s health insurance exchange. This one explained the concept using knitted hats.
Alaina Nuehring didn’t just imagine different types of hats to represent the different types of people using the health insurance exchange, she actually hand knit all of them herself, complete with a tag describing the person and how much money they’d pay in premiums.
Another student decided to explain the health insurance exchange using her own take on a first aid kit.
Aimee Dakyung Kim is an industrial design major and she said making that wooden box was harder than she thought it would be. Inside is a timeline of the health insurance exchange wrapped up like a bandage, a visual glossary of medical terms, and postcards for educating your friends.
These are just a few of the awesome student projects. You can see more photos on the class flickr stream. I don’t see images from the final critique yet, but they should be up there soon.