As an industrial designer focused on human-centered design, I chose the University of Washington for my masters because of its reputation as a top-tier research university. There are some issues I wanted to solve that required a lot of research and I needed access to resources that would allow me to do more than simply design beautiful forms.
What do I need all this research for? Let me explain.
I grew up an athlete. I played basketball and football in high school and, although I wasn’t quite good enough to play on the college level, I actively participated in community basketball leagues and pick up games ever since. That is, until a few years ago when I sprained my ankle for the last time. I could take it no longer. The pain was too great and happened nearly every time I stepped on the court. Devastated, I walked away from the game I loved so much, determined to somehow find a cure so that millions of others would no longer have to suffer like I have.
Presented here is a portion of the first part of my design exploration as I was reviewing the medical literature on ankle injuries. I am currently working on other concepts that are quite different in direction and scope from what I present here. For more information, please see my blog post.