Health Design Thinking

Health Design Thinking, co-written by Ellen Lupton and Dr. Bon Ku, will be published by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and MIT Press in March 2020.

Design thinking is an open mindset rather than a rigid methodology. It encourages participants to take risks and rewrite the rules of business-as-usual. Health Design Thinking specifically addresses the unique challenges surrounding the healthcare space, such as reducing medical errors, reimagining hospital waiting areas, and creating innovative products that improve comfort and efficiency.


6.5” x 8.5” (16.5 cm x 20.3 cm), 224 pp, Paperback, 240 illustrations

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Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. She is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Recent exhibitions include The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, How Posters Work, and Beautiful Users. Lupton is founding director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, Graphic Design: The New Basics, and Type on Screen. Her book Design Is Storytelling was published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. New projects include a feminist career guide for designers.


Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the Assistant Dean for Health & Design at Thomas Jefferson University. A practicing emergency medicine physician, he is also the Director of the Health Design Lab and created the first design thinking program at a medical school. His innovative program tackles healthcare inequalities as a form of social justice and teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges. His work towards designing better health has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Fortune and Wired. Dr. Ku is the recipient of the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Award and healthcare innovation awards from The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking, appearing on PBS and across the country at events including TEDx, SXSW, and Mayo Clinic Transform. Dr. Ku joins Ann Curry as a regular panelist on the TV show Chasing The Cure.



APRIL 16, 2020

University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design, Laurence, KS

Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series. Keynote by Bon Ku

May 21, 2020

Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Lecture and book signing by Ellen Lupton and Bon Ku