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Tuesday, May 3 • 4:15pm - 4:35pm
Positive Distraction: Bringing Pediatric HealthCare Facilities to Life with Interaction

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In 2015, Potion installed "Forest Friends", an interactive experience across the Pediatric Radiation Oncology treatment rooms of Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center that activates a magical woodland creatures for young patients, through interactive "windows" located throughout the wing. This installation aims to bring a positive distraction and improve the hospital environment for children and teenagers undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. While Potion is extremely experienced in the area of interactive installations, this is the first time that we were given an opportunity to expand our work into the healthcare space. In this talk, we will discuss the project as well as the larger lessons that we learned, including patient vs user experience, designing for simultaneous age groups, working with medical staff to not impede treatment, and future considerations/improvements.

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Emmi Laakso

Senior Designer, potion
As a Senior Designer at Potion, Emmi seeks to bring elegant simplicity and a little bit of nature into every project she works on. Originally trained in print design, typography and design thinking at the Rhode Island School of Design, Emmi began her career as a freelance game designer... Read More →
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Steve Varga

Director of Technology, Potion Design
Steve is the Director of Technology at Potion. While he began his career as a designer, he has come to love the hands-on process of bringing ideas to life through code. He now enjoys discovering the most simple and creative solutions to problems by combining these two disciplines... Read More →

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Potion Design

The Potion Design Studio crafts technology into intuitive interactive experiences. Our teams collaborate with cultural, institutional, and corporate clients and express their stories in new digital forms that educate, entertain, and delight people all around the world.

Tuesday May 3, 2016 4:15pm - 4:35pm EDT