Design thinking using a collaborative model for skin cancer prevention

Miller, Kristin, Brough, Dean, & Lowe, Rebecca (2015) Design thinking using a collaborative model for skin cancer prevention. In 2nd Global Advances and Controversies in Skin Cancer Conference (GAC-SC), 29-31 October 2015, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)


Physical activity is well recognised as a means to reduce cancer risk; however, outdoor activity can increase sun exposure and consequential skin cancer risk. It is proposed, one of the key potential solutions to promote active lifestyles whilst enhancing protection against skin cancer is design resolution for active apparel that considers Australia’s sub-tropical climate whilst maintaining comfort, aesthetic appeal and performance. Using a design thinking approach, facilitated through collaboration between an NGO and a university, student designers were tasked with developing apparel prototypes to explore this challenge. Through practical ideation of problems, potential design solutions were developed within a modest NGO budget and adherence to specific brand guidelines. This project is novel as it demonstrates a low cost yet effective way of collaboratively creating a product to meet multiple needs, rather than reactively assessing already manufactured sun protection products for endorsement. It is a nimble and unique stepping stone in integrating sun safety considerations into clothing that is appealing to the population and creating cross-industry understandings of how design can better contribute to human health and wellbeing. Outcomes to be shared include empirical insights for updating sun safe clothing guidelines, issues around the aesthetic nature of sun safe apparel, and the role of design education for sun safety.

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ID Code: 91357
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Sun-safe apparel, Fashion and sun safety, Skin cancer prevention, Design and skin cancer cancer prevention, fashionable sun-safe garments
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2015 23:12
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2015 23:12

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