A team of four codesigners are among the finalists for the Danish Design Award (Young Talents)


One of the categories in the annual Danish Design Award is ‘Young Talents’. We are proud to announce that a team of students from the MA-program in codesign are among the four finalists. The team is Rie Maktabi and Isabel Aagård (graduates from 2016) and Xénia Geller and Melanie Povlitzki (graduating June 2017) with the project ‘Chemo to go, Please!’. They codesigned a bag that enables cancer patients to move about during their chemo treatment.

“Chemo To Go, Please!” is a codesign project conducted in partnership with Odense University Hospital and Rigshospitalet, which aims to improve the experience of home chemotherapy treatment for leukemia patients.

Home chemotherapy is a new form of treatment that allows patients to take their chemo “to go”, instead of staying at the hospital – An environment known as a breeding ground for infection. When patients stay home, they are more active. They exercise more, see friends and family, catch fewer infections, eat more and sleep better – All of which leads to a quicker recovery. The treatment consists of an IV bag attached to an infusion pump, which is housed in a wearable “chemo bag” that the patient takes home. The original chemo bag couldn’t be washed or reused, was an eyesore and didn’t meet the hospital’s needs for hygiene and safety. Read more

Watch a 6 minutes video of the journey here

The Danish Design Award is celebrating the best design solutions and highlighting the many ways in which design can make a difference for our society. The organisations behind the award is Design Denmark and the Danish Design Centre. The new partnership behind the Danish Design Award brings together the design industry and the entire country around an annual design event celebrating the difference design can make.

You can find more about the finalists 2017 here: Finalists 2017: Young Talents

The Danish Design Awards ceremony takes place on 31 May at the Svane Shipping Hall in Kolding.



About Eva Brandt

Eva Brandt is Professor in Social Design at Design School Kolding since May 2019. Eva is scientific leader of the Lab for Social Design. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs based on participatory design/codesign) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Practice Based Design Reseach (2017). Ledelse og samskabelse i den offentlige sektor (2018). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013, and are chairing the Nordes 2021 too.
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