We work with patient partners and with organizations to apply Maker solutions to healthcare. Our projects revolve around improving the patient experience through human-centered design.


Health Emojis

We are building emoji sticker packs for teens and children with chronic conditions to express themselves and communicate about common issues with style! We work with patient partners and their families to get their expert opinions as we develop these stickers.

Diabetemoji Stickers

This idea came from patient partners with Type 1 Diabetes who shared that: "It’s annoying to get lots of text messages from your mom about diabetes stuff when you are a teenager with type 1 diabetes.” 

Diabetemoji makes communication between parent and child easier through the use of diabetes emoji sticker shorthand.



Follow the progress of Allergemoji, our second emoji initiative to help parents and kids dealing with allergies! Allergemoji seeks to improve communication between parents and children easier by creating a shorthand language for common allergy concerns.


We are building a curriculum to teach teens with T1D about the research process through Maker technology. Students will build interactive LED accessories that respond to their T1D data and use this to experiment on their own research question. Learn more about this project here.


Health Apps By Us


Check out some of our mobile technology innovations developed by our patient partners and collaborators in the School of Art & design and the School of Information!

Health Virtual Reality Apps By Us

We partnered with the Stamps School of Art & design to design virtual reality apps for health.

Health Apps By Us Design Sheets

Check out our templates for designing and wireframing your own health related apps on iPhone and iPad!


Health Design Prototypes


We are creating a series of tools/prototypes that can be used by healthcare providers, educators, and patients/caregivers. Here are a few interventions we have worked on for use in clinics and elsewhere in the hospital system.


We are excited to announce the Lenovo HealthDesignBy.Us Co+Lab! The Co-Lab's mission is to support the design and development of patient-centered technology-based health innovations!



In collaboration with the School of Art & design and local Ann Arbor company GameStart, we have developed several games focused on teaching healthy habits and attitudes to children with Type 1 Diabetes.



We believe it is important to share patient stories to bring about awareness and positive outlooks on chronic diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes. Health Comics By Us was an effort between Jacob Dwyer and Trevor Torres to write a diabetes superhero comic book and a template for others to share their stories.