Design that Matters remembers Dave Duncanson after his passing on November 10, 2013. Dave was our engineering, manufacturing, and design wizard. He was a natural teacher who created the mechanical and manufacturing design for Firefly newborn phototherapy and transformed DtM in the process. DtM partners will distribute at least 1,000 Firefly devices, reaching at least 500,000 newborns in the coming years. Design that Matters thanks Dave for his legacy.
Timothy Prestero thought he'd designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world -- but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. A manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades.
Read DtM's journal article, "Better by Design: How Empathy Can Lead to More Successful Technologies and Services for the Poor" from the Ashoka-Lemelson Tech4Society special edition of MIT's Innovations journal.
Solidworks has been a fantastic DtM supporter for years. As part of their "Born to Design" series, the company created a video about DtM's Project Firefly. The video describes our product design process and features incredible footage of Firefly in Vietnam.
A short movie of the production and delivery of the first Firefly phototherapy device to Moc Chau Hospital by DtM social enterprise partners MTTS. Firefly will treat severely jaundiced newborns at the small and under-resourced facility in Northwest Vietnam.