We came across the amazing medication label prototypes designed by a group of design school students of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2011. Sadly, the designs were not put forward and implemented in the community, but have inspired us to re-launch this initiative in the community implementation.
We reached out academic professionals, healthcare professionals, community care service providers, carers, patients and the elderly regarding the ideas of the usage of drug icon design and the concerns of the implementation over the existing medication label.
We conducted a comprehensive research on regulation requirements, developed the cross references with Taiwan and US drug icon / label implementations. And, we developed our version 1 design based on 26 common medication instructions and warnings used in the community medication.
We set out our goal to create boarder impacts through implementation in creative commons licenses and co-create spirit to cover more languages and geographic supports.
Validation / Refinement
We conducted 3 rounds of validations with more than 500 professionals and end-users for feedback to enhance the icons in order to develop a set of general understandable / readable and universal design for all cultures and ethics.
We worked with IVE Innovation & Technology Co-Creation Centre and their students to co-create and develop a Community Pharmacy Demo System to demonstrate the usage of the drug icon in community pharmacy setting.
We were admitted to the SIE Fund / Impact Incubator Programme to implement a 12-month prototyping on our initiatives and ideas.
We partner with various community care services providers to the elderly, carers and ethnic minorities to develop a 1000+ user networks.
Production of Education Kit (1000+ Units)
We designed and sourced 3000 units of pillbox (part of the education kit) based on the users' requirements on weekly usage, readability and user-friendliness, etc.
Production of Education Materials (3 Languages)
We have developed 3 sets of education leaflets in Traditional Chinese / English and Urdu, which serve as factsheets for the users to refer to the newly designed icons.
We promote and demonstrate the drug icon integration with the Community Pharmacy System (i.e. PharmCare).