/ Project Overview
The development and evaluation of a universal information design response for opioid poisonings
Key Words: information design, emergency, public health, visual communication design, visual analysis, human centred design, co-design
In a world where drug use is increasingly stigmatised and critical health information is not made accessible for people with low literacy, lower socioeconomic status, or English as a second language, well-designed materials can empower ordinary people to perform life-saving interventions and feel confident doing so. The project aims to create a universal information design response for opioid poisonings field guide that addresses issues related to risk management, stigmatisation, representation, and visual communication.
PI Dr Gillian Harvey (University of Alberta), Co-PI Dr. Kate Sellen,
and OCADU & UAlberta collaborators:
Carlos Jarquin, Simone Halliday-Shaw, Hannah Walsh, Michelle Knox, Stephanie Vandenberg, Jenna Dewar, R Schuck, C Gorman, Syeda Maryem Abbas]
/ Sponsor(s): Social Science and Humanities Research Council
The project aims to explain opioid poisoning and response through effective information design. In emergency situations, critical information must be presented clearly and accessibly so that it can be quickly acted upon.
/ Research Process
A process consists of a comprehensive analysis of overdose prevention kits, visual materials, and communications from Canada’s provincial and territorial health authorities, a series of co-design workshops with different stakeholders, and hosting a national symposium for harm reduction educators, clinicians, and content and policy experts on overdose training and response.
Development and producing of a responsive, interactive website, which will include information templates about the stigma of addiction, the importance of clarity in messaging on emergency procedures related to overdose, and technical training on injection procedures for three main audiences: (1) first aiders and medical professionals; (2) people familiar with drugs or drug overdoses; and (3) community members with no training. Design prototypes will be tailored for each audience. This project will have direct, positive implications for the growing numbers of people across Canada who are facing the ongoing opioid crisis.