Health Design Challenge


I’m honored to have participated in the presence of some outstanding designers in the Health Design Challenge which garnered over 230 entries from across the country, including top design firms like gravitytank, Method and Teague. The challenge was  how the medical record is presented. The purpose of this effort is to improve the design of the medical record so it is more usable by and meaningful to patients, their families, and others who take care of them. This is an opportunity to take the plain-text Blue Button file and enrich it with visuals and a better layout. Innovators will be invited to submit their best designs for a medical record that can be printed and viewed digitally.

The Design Objectives were:

  • Improve the visual layout and style of the information from the medical record
  • Create a human-centered design that makes it easier for patient to manage their health
  • Enable health professionals to more effectively understand and use patients’ health information
  • Help family members and friends

While my entry did not win an award, I was selected as one of the “Entries that inspired the judges and challenged the status quo” and thus featured on the main website. The winners can be seen here: 

My entry can be seen here: RobertLewis.pdf

LEAP Motion – Future of NUI?

Well, I caved in the other day and pre-ordered a LEAP Motion. This device will allow you to control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements. Hoping that there are lots of apps developed by the time it actually ships(Late 2012)…fingers crossed.

Realism in UI Design

Nice article by Lukas Mathis on UI elements and amounts of detail required to obtain an optimal design element.

“The history of the visual design of user interfaces can be described as a gradual change towards more realism. As computers have become faster, designers have added increasingly realistic details such as color, 3D effects, shadows, translucency, and even simple physics. Some of these changes have helped usability. Shadows behind windows help us see which window is active. The physicality of the iPhone’s user interface makes the device more natural to use.”

Timothy Oulton’s Modern-Day Antiques

“What do you do if you love old objects, but also love designing new things? With all of the ways you can get into furniture design, we’ve found Timothy Oulton’s career path—not to mention his designs—inspiring and unusual.”

Timothy Oulton’s Outstanding Modern-Day Antiques – Core77.

Visualize your LinkedIn network with InMaps

Robert Lewis LinkedIn inMap

“InMaps is an interactive visual representation of your professional universe that answers all of the above questions.  It’s a great way to understand the relationships between you and your entire set of LinkedIn connections. With it you can better leverage your professional network to help pass along job opportunities, seek professional advice, gather insights, and more.”

To access your InMap, go to