Hi!

        I design to tackle global challenges, with a current focus on health care. The main motivation in my career is to drive positive change in communities and organisations through co-creating solutions that have local ownership.

I am currently working at Laerdal Medical in Norway, where I facilitate the change process towards a more design-driven organization. I took on this role after two projects in our Global Health team, designing products and services to train healthcare workers in assisting birth and caring for mothers and newborns. Prior to this, I managed a multi-disciplinary team for designing an ergonomic low-cost baby carrier in Uganda, which we implemented with local entrepreneurs. I find great joy in engaging myself in different cultural settings and putting human-centered-design into practice.​

Experiences
Recognitions

2014 - Laerdal Global Health, Industrial Designer

- Planning and conducting exploration of new focus areas for the organisation

- Leading​ design processes of training and therapy solutions in maternal and newborn health

- Fieldwork in high and low resource clinical settings

- Building new partnerships with organisations

2014 - OpenIDEO, Community Prototyper

- Supporting the online community by storyboarding and experience prototyping a selected idea and sharing the process through blogging

 

2013 - Happy Baby, Uganda Lead Designer

- Building a team of designer and social scientists

- Leading the design process and allocating tasks

- Hand-on design of a developing world product

- Proposing budget and accounting the resources

2011 - Designit, Copenhagen Strategy Intern

- Preparing co-creation workshops for clients

- Working on ideation and concept development

- Developing and presenting design proposals

2014 - TEDx Talk: Design Evolves in the Hands of Users

2014 - ChangemakerXchange by Ashoka Foundation

Selected to join a unique network of changemakers

 

2012 - OpenIDEO Two Winning Concepts

‘Supporting web entrepreneurs in creating businesses’

‘Creating Accessible Election Experience for Everyone’

 

2010 - INDEX: Design Challenge Jury special award

‘Designing for Education’ in collaboration with UNICEF

 

2009 - MOSDER National Furniture Competition

First Place in Sofa Category with Eel project          

 

2009 - International Case Design Competition

Winner for Felissimo 500 Colored Pencils

 

2009 - International Student Packaging Contest

Honorable Mention Award          

 

2009 - B’iota Laboratories Design Contest

Second Place with Bioxcin Shampoo Bottle 

 

Studies

2013 - Coursera and UC San Diego Online

Human-Computer Interaction Most Creative Award

 

2013 - IDEO.org and +ACUMEN Online Class

‘Human-centered Design for Social Innovation’

 

2011 - Korea Advanced Institute of Sci. & Tech.

One year exchange program in South Korea

 

2010 - Delft University of Technology

One semester Erasmus program in the Netherlands

 

2007 - Istanbul Technical University

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

 

2002 - American Robert College

High school from 2002 to 2007

 

 

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Toolkit

Human-centered Design

 

User Research Methods:

 

Groups/individual Interviews, observing and interpreting, focus groups, storyboards, role playing, personas, in-context immersion

 

Prototyping

 

3D Prototyping products, experience prototypes, Low/high fidelity sketching

Functional interfaces, User testing and Heuristic evaluation

 

Strategic Design

 

Client relations

 

Co-creation workshops with clients Presenting strategies and proposals Communicating with sponsors and NGOs

 

Leading Design Processes

 

Creating multidisciplinary teams

Tailoring, running design processes Budgeting and accounting projects

Languages

 

English: Excellent

Turkish: Mother tongue

Korean, German and Danish: Beginner

 

 

 

In my free time,

 

Rock climbing, Skiing, Swimming  

Collecting different types of paper​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ and fabric

 

© 2013 by Cansu Akarsu - cansuaka at gmail