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Rethink the Food Label

A friend of my husband’s (they’re both UI designers) posted a link to this cool food label design contest held jointly by UC Berkeley’s Journalism News21Design Matters, and GOOD. Fruits and vegetables could use this kind of good press!

The winning design is a huge improvement – though the thumbs up wouldn’t translate well (“up yours” in some places).

 

 

Imagine – if we were to redesign with diabetes in mind (hint, hint, all you designers out there – next Diabetes Mine competition!) – wouldn’t it be great to have the GI curve right there on the label, instead of reading through fat, fiber, and protein, and trying to guess what it would do to blood sugar? (Caveat: Erik had nothing to do with this swag at a D-friendly label!) Or, a friend suggested, labels could add bar codes that a diet-specific app could scan and filter for diabetes, gluten-free, etc.

This would be great for the general population, too, given that roughly half the US population is estimated to be pre-diabetic and allergies/digestive conditions of various sorts are either on the rise or being more readily recognized. There should be an app for that!

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I want this on my wall!

Amy over at Free Snack has a talented family and wicked sense of humor (thanks to Jen for connecting us!). Maybe she can be convinced to get this and other art on her site out into the world – I want this on my wall!

When the ‘betes gets me down, I go looking for hope in technology (a bias from working in IT, I realize)…

Breathalizers, contact lenses, tattoos, nanotechnology, smart insulin, immunology – bring it on!

And – who says medical devices have to be clunky? A little design sense, please! Watches, charms, phone apps… DiabetesMine™ puts on a yearly Design Challenge to spur on design ideas, including a kids category.

That said, I’m off to listen to the JDRF artificial pancreas Q&A. A person can always dream…