After discovering that his son Luca had a rare form of Leukemia, Greg Vassallo, Senior Associate in the User Experience Design group at Moment—an independent interaction design firm in New York—spent a significant part of his life in and out of hospitals, eventually making Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, a temporary home. Through the process, Vassallo was able to take in how healthcare is delivered and how it’s similar to his own profession. In the speech below, given at Interaction’10, Vassallo comments briefly on what it was like living in a hospital for an extended period of time and discusses some of the design principles he learned while observing the treatment of his son, including how to apply them to not only his craft, but his life as well.

(HT healthcare | architecture)