Mad*Pow has long been working with healthcare organizations across the ecosystem, as well as running an annual conference on health innovation and design. “In those projects, discussions, and encounters we frequently saw the challenges, frustrations, and successes of organizations as they worked to become more innovative,” said Connor. “It got many of us talking about what we wished could happen for healthcare, about how great it would be if there were ways to connect designers who wanted to do great work with organizations that needed them.” And so, the Center for Health Experience Design was born.
Diagnosed with his first chronic condition at age five, Connor has a personal interest in the healthcare system. “As Mad*Pow’s interest in healthcare grew, mine did too, alongside the number of conditions I was diagnosed with and the deeper I found myself in the system,” says Connor. “Today, I can’t think of any area I’d rather focus on… It’s one of the few industries I’ve designed for where I can really see the results of my work in the improvement of people’s well being.”
In addition to his work at Mad*Pow, Connor is known for his book “Discussing Design: Improving Communication & Collaboration Through Critique,” which he co-authored with Aaron Irizarry. Born of his frustration with the quality of conversations surrounding ideas and design, Connor’s book helps organizations communicate effectively by identifying and understanding creative objectives.
You can read more about Adam Connor and The Center for Health Experience Design here.
Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.
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