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Shintaro Monden

Astoria, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • 1st User Testing


    Scenario 1

    1. Who will be the users for your 1st test? People from NFP I will conduct my testing to see how my illustrations are interpreted. I will try to get as many NFP people as possible involved in this prototype testing since my design is all about “Universality”. a. What criteria will you use to select the individuals who will test your prototype? The reason why I want to test out my icons with people from NFP because they have a professional viewpoint of literacy in general and more thoughtful opinions are expected from them than from a random testing. b. What type of environment will you test them in?
    2. What does the environment have to have (equipment, space requirements, etc) for you to conduct your test? I will try out my illustrations without any text information to see whether they work out as “a non verbal communication system”.
    3. Have you found the space? If not, do you have leads for space that meets your requirements? They allow me to use their office for my user testing. c. Will you or someone else administer your test? I will administer my test my self.

    Scenario 2

    1. Who will be the users for your 1st test? Random people on line a. What criteria will you use to select the individuals who will test your prototype? I expected as many answers as possible to see how universal my illustrations are. b. What type of environment will you test them in? Since this test is completely virtual no physical space is needed. I will conduct this testing through on ...
  • Competitions



    In my process of developing illustrations, I am doing two different things. One is designing new illustrations from scratch, the other is revising existing illustrations. My main competition would be those existing illustrations that I believe need to be redesigned. Comparing existing illustrations with new illustrations I am designing should reveal how I am attacking the issue and how my new design is better than old one. The problems with existing illustrations can be grouped into several categories.

    1.Confusing illustration Many illustrations used on the prescription drug warning labels are confusing to patients. This is especially true if the text is difficult to understand. 2.Complicated and Small Text Patients with low health literacy have difficulties to understand complex text. Also, texts in general are too small to read. 3.Random label Color Patients have a tendency to associate illustration colors with warning levels. For example, they usually think that red illustration means danger, yellow illustration means caution, and blue, white and green illustration mean recommendation although all labels are equally important to patients.

    I designed my new illustrations trying to solve all those problems. The followings are the points that I revised.

    1. Confusing illustration → Clear illustration My new design has more visual consistency making it look like a one series of illustration so that people can easily recognize them. Also, as I develop illustrations, I do as...

  • Literacy Assistance Center 32 Broadway, 10th Floor New York, NY 10004 212/803-3352 (phone) 212/785-3685 (fax)

    What I expect from my prototype testing is to see if my illustrations are interpreted as I intended. If my illustrations are not interpreted in the way I designed, I will look at how differently they are interpreted and make an adjustment to the design of those illustrations based on the results. I will try to test my illustrations with as many people as possible, since this testing is all about to see how universal my illustrations are. In other words, the more people can correctly understand my illustrations, the more universal they are. Other than people from NFP, I will conduct user testing with other groups of people through different methods where I can get a large number of feedbacks in a short time period like online survey systems (Survey Monkey etc.) How I conduct my prototype testing is I will show NFP people my illustrations hiding text information to see if my illustrations work for them as a non-verbal communication system. In theory, my illustrations are supposed to be understood by looking at them. In the testing, I will keep track of how NFP people interpret my illustrations and if the result is not what I expect, I will ask them the reason why they misinterpret my illustrations. The other aspect of my prototype I want to test out is how all my illustrations are delivered. What challenging with my illustration is the fact that the room on the medic...

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    Looking back at the mid-term review, I feel like I am on the right track at this point in the thesis project. However, the review reveals that my project's weekest point is the way of applying the icons. Some reviewers said that my project fall into "communication design" but "product design". The next thing I really have to tackle would be to come up with the nice way to apply my icons in relation to product dsign. I received very helpful feedbacks which should lead me to the next step. I have gone through every comment and summed up them. The followings are the summary of the comments.

    •The icons are well designed but the application of the icons needs to be more developed. •Transform “communication design” into “product design”. • “Make you sleepy icon” seems still confusing. •Need to get closer to users. •Testing the icons with real users to see how they work. •Icons can be applied to over-the-counter products too? •Think about cultural difference in communication. (interpretation of icons may differ from culture to culture.) •Research on existing projects. (there are some addressing the similar issue out there) •Design packaging as well as graphics. •Compare icons I designed and existing icons by putting side by side for clear differentiation. •Think about the location of the icons in relation to ergonomics. (how people open a bottle?) •Need more different icons •Research on ...

  • Concept Board Draft 1

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    Concept Board Draft1

  • Revised Sketches

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Here is the link

  • Revised Design Brief

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    My mission is to facilitate the medical communication between health care providers and patients with low health literacy.


    What is health literacy?

    Health literacy is the ability to obtain, understand, and effectively use health-related information.

    How is low health literacy a problem?

    Patients with low literacy in the United States have serious and widespread communication difficulties with their health providers. Physician-patient communication is considered a fundamental aspect of medical care, however patients commonly have difficulty in understanding medical instructions from physicians because physicians often use medical jargons, deliver too much information at a time, and do not confirm patients' understanding of what was discussed. At the end of the medical visit, patients barely remember what the physician tried to explain, and they may be uncertain about what steps to take next. Similarly, patients with low health literacy have troubles to clearly explain their symptoms to physicians because they have less familiarity with medical concepts and vocabularies. It is can be a fatal problem since the clear presentation of symptom is essential for proper diagnosis. Furthermore, physicians commonly overestimate patients' literacy levels, and they rarely consider limited literacy skills as a factor that effects patients’ health outcome.

    What are the consequences of low health literacy?

    Patients with limited health literacy are more likely to have t...

  • Visual communication vs Linguistic communication

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    In the communication between health providers and patients with low health literacy, a language is an invisible barrier for clear understanding of medical information. As an alternative to linguistic communication, I am thinking of some kind of visual communication aid tools such as illustrations and pictograms to help patient understanding what physicians try to say and clearly explain their symptoms. Those are not necessarily a primary communication tools but can definitely give supplementary visual aid for better understanding.

    Here are great examples of that

  • Lesson Plans


    Title: Bridging the communication gap between health care providers and patients with low health literacy.

    Who: Literacy Assistance Center

    Time Period: 1 hour Session

    Category: Product design, Health care

    Introduction: Patients with low literacy in the United States have serious communication difficulties with their health providers. my mission is to facilitate the medical communication between health care providers and patients with low health literacy.


    To brainstorm with specialists from NFP to explore more solutions for the issue.

    To get more detailed information on health literacy issue.

    To get the feedback on what I have done so far from more professional point of view.

    To specify exactly where the issue lies in the medical communication based on case studies.

    To examine existing solutions for the issue.

    Material: Markers, Paper, Tape

    Procedures: My plan is I am going to present on what I have done so far in the first half of the session to get some feed back from the professional point of view. Then, based on that, I will go into brainstorming session with them to explore solutions for my issue.

  • Design sketches for possible solutions

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Of all medical informations involved in literacy skills, I am interested in how efficiently (or not efficiently) the design of the medicine packages conveys medical information and want to improve that.

    Here are some ideas for that.

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design