I met with a 30 yr old female with Type 1 Diabetes.
She had a lot of great feedback regarding the biohazard container aspect of my design, but she had a lot of criticisms about the aesthetics of it.
First of all, she explained to me that she tries to hide her condition as much as possible so that people don't discriminate against her and so that she feels like a "normal" person in public. She wears a glucose pump, which is a bit different than the population I am targeting, but she still deals with the same social issues and she just recently got the pump so she used to give herself injections. Here is a summarizing list of what she had to say:
Orange is not a good color because it makes the person stick out in a crowd. Maybe a logo would be better, and the muslin color is a great discreet color for a bag.
This should not be a purse but an insert inside of a purse because then it isn't just one extra thing to carry around. She wishes she had something more stylish and she hates that when she goes out she can't bring a small clutch because of all of her equipment.
She wishes there was a special container for her glucose tablets.
She tests her sugar every 2 hours, but a type two diabetic would test it 3-4 times a day.
She reuses needles and lancets 3-4 times before she throws them away because they are expensive and she wants to get the most out of them.
She wishes things were more fashionable, especially her glucose monitor kit because it looks like a fanny pack. She said men would want the same but to have something masculine that goes inside their briefcase or messenger bag.
She throws away the coffee can/detergent bottle after a month and keeps it in high places so little kids don't get into them.
She said that she wears clothing which will cover her pump. In her words, "The disease is a part of me but it doesn't define me."
She said because of the disease she feels boxed up. She has to stick to a certain routine, so anything that makes it easier and lets her get on with her life is much better.
She gave me a list of all the things which should be included in the kit: