Our mission is to make diabetes as invisible as possible by taking a people-centered approach to diabetes technology. We aim to push the boundaries of technology with a strong focus on empathy and human needs.
We practice people-centered design.
We work with diabetes community groups to understand the impact and requirements of CGMs, insulin pumps, digital insulin pens, blood glucose meters, and AIDs.
We embrace complexity and seek simplicity.
We combine the strength of students from all disciplines at UC San Diego, to iteratively design, develop and test new concepts.
CGM in Hospital
Due to the COVID pandemic, the FDA announced an enforcement digression for CGM use in hospitals to simplify diabetes management and minimize the time in the patient rooms. A student team analyzed how hospitals are integrating the Dexcom consumer technology into their workflow and how Dexcom can support them.
Managing supplies and keeping on top of orders can be challenging. Dexcom asked the team to design a new way to simplify online purchases online for new and existing users. Inspired by the Canadian Dexcom shop, the students analyzed business and user needs, iterated on several prototypes, and finally presented them as a product roadmap.
Living with diabetes can be stressful. On top of the physical, emotional, and financial challenges, once a person is diagnosed, there is an overwhelming amount of information they need to learn and understand quickly in order to manage healthy lifestyles. How can we make diabetes, specifically the relationship between insulin and glucose, easier to understand and manage?
We start with human needs.
We work with the leading companies, communities, advocacy groups, foundations, researchers, clinicians, and government.
We invite healthcare professionals and students from all disciplines at UC San Diego to join us.
“The design students developed some really exciting prototypes! They have come a long way and we’ve enjoyed learning with them.”
Director of UXD, Dexcom
"With an extraordinary level of compassion and insight, the students were able to understand the service-related issues patients face and provide relevant, useful prototypes."
Global technical support, Dexcom
“DDI was an amazing learning experience! I’m so grateful to have worked with real industry professionals at Dexcom who provided wonderful mentorship and guidance that pushed me to grow immensely as a designer and researcher.”
Undergrad Student, UC San Diego
"It was a total pleasure collaborating with the UCSD Design Lab students. I look forward to partnering with them again."
Director of Customer Experience, Dexcom
Get involved with us.
We are always looking for people living with diabetes and their loved ones to help us understand the challenges of current technology. If you are interested in helping test these new ideas, please sign-up as a volunteer.
Whether you are a student, a healthcare designer, a person with diabetes, or a patient's loved one, there are many ways you can help.
Mentoring and Interactive Explanations in Diabetes
How can technology support young people with diabetes? Nine students from the Diabetes Design Initiative tackled this question this winter quarter. On Wednesday, the two teams presented their final designs to over 30 stakeholders ranging from medical device manufacturers to designers and people with diabetes. The students presented Glu-close buddies: a platform to connect young people with diabetes and Learn Diabetes: an interactive platform to explain diabetes concepts visually.
Fall Presentations: Designing For Empathy
On Wednesday, 12 students presented three projects to stakeholders from the industry, diabetes community, design experts, diabetes educators and healthcare providers. Each group demonstrated how we can design for empathy in teaching, connecting and data sharing. Stakeholders were impressed by the depth and quality of the presented work.
Managing Type One Diabetes as a College Student
Meet Marlon Blanquart, current president of the College Diabetes Network. When he first headed off to UCSD, he was overwhelmed by the idea that he'd have to manage his type one diabetes independently for the first time. Now, Marlon works with a large team of students to offer a support group and possible networking opportunities to students with T1D or anyone interested in learning about T1D.
The Diabetes Design Initiative Kicks Off “Reimagining Diabetes Support“
This Wednesday, September 2nd, the Diabetes Design Initiative will present the culmination of an entire Summer of work to over 50 stakeholders in the healthcare industry. Our team is excited to share a prototype that will redefine the way people living with diabetes control their lives.
A Personal Approach in Diabetes Design
When registered dietitian Tiana first got involved with UC San Diego’s Diabetes Design Initiative (DDI), she was initially captivated by their user-centered approach in designing prototypes. Tiana has been able to share her unique feedback with the students working on prototypes for the continuous glucose monitor (CGM) as both a Type One and an employee of Dexcom supporting patients with their CGM challenges.