Our assignment was simply to redesign a package to make it more sustainable or functional in some way, but I decided to redesign a whole product. Before I was a design student, I was actually a
pre-nursing major. Unfortunately, medical devices are typically only designed for functionality without much attention to aesthetic. This leaves a huge opportunity for graphic designers and illustrators to fill the gap and give these devices a face lift. Of course, adults would enjoy an update on devices as well, but for this project I turned my attention to children.
After researching the subject, I found that inhalers were one of the most common devices a child might have in their possession, HFA inhalers to be exact. Once I had a chosen device, my next step was to pin down what I was actually trying to achieve with this redesign. Although the untapped market for something like this was admittedly a draw, the heart behind this project was to help reduce the negative stigma associated with needing to use devices like this and to give the user (children) a more enjoyable experience. Children should never have to be ashamed or embarrassed to use an inhaler (or any device for that matter). The appearance of the device might not be the root solution for this, but I hope that it helps. I mean come on. Who wouldn't want a fire-breathing dragon inhaler?