A team of NCAD masters students initially looked at this challenge as part of the 5 day Design Week at the Mater in 2019. Since then, the Mater designers have evolved the concepts. There were a number of constraints that the design had to respond to. For example:
- We needed to create a design that would be optimally visible in context while fitting in with how clinicians naturally wear their current ID badges
- The design system had to allow for frequent rotations as junior doctors move between specialties up to four times a year and they cant change the ID badge each time. Therefore the solution had to be stand alone.
The design team explored options for a new badge design looking at colour, size and legibility. Larger font and colour coding by occupation group was needed, the first sample prototype emerged. This was shown as a cardboard cut-out to any staff encountered to get their opinion on whether it would instantly identify occupations, their grade and specialty. Changes were made and finally a high-fidelity prototype emerged from this co-design process. Material for the new badge was considered, and a hard plastic material was chosen for its durability. The new badges were trialled on three groups in the hospital and the feedback was very positive.