Design Lab with Bon Ku

Design Lab with Bon Ku

Does living in a well-designed city make you healthier? How can surfing increase your creativity? Have you ever wondered why hospitals are so ugly? Bon Ku is a physician and an avid fan of design, food, surfboarding and Medicine. In each episode of DESIGN LAB, Bon and his guests tell stories about how the worlds of design, art, science and health intersect. Listen and learn new insights, hacks and design principles that you can apply to your own life.

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May 13, 2021 42 min
Dr. David Fajgenbaum is a groundbreaking physician-scientist, disease hunter, speaker, and author. He went from being a beast-like college Quarterback to receiving his last rites while in medical school and nearly dying four more times battling Castleman disease. To try to save his own life, David spearheaded an innovative approach to research through the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) and discovered a treatment tha...
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Sara Auster is a sound therapist, meditation teacher and author. She has spent the past decade introducing sound baths to audiences and unique environments all across the globe. Sara’s transformative experiences and original teaching method have made her a leader in the sound bath movement, helping deep listening and sound meditation go mainstream. Her first book, SOUND BATH: Meditate, Heal and Connect through Listening, an unprece...
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Penina Acayo Laker is a graphic designer, researcher, and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research and creative practice explore how human-centered, research-driven design methodologies catalyze unique ideas to address complex societal challenges facing communities in St. Louis and Uganda. She has collaborated on an award-winning project that used simplified iconography to comm...
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Abbie Clary supports the growth and development of CannonDesign's global healthcare practice — focusing specifically on market differentiation, business growth and client engagement. Responsible for overseeing more than $2.5 billion in healthcare projects over the last 22 years, Abbie has become an expert at helping organizations rethink their strategies and facility investments to better respond to consumer expectations and ac...
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Liz Salmi is Senior Strategist of Dissemination for OpenNotes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In this role, Liz helps hospitals and health systems understand the changing nature of patient-clinician communication in the digital age, and interpret and implement research emerging from the “open notes” movement. After being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 29, Liz immediately put her digital communications skills...
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Guidione Machava is an entrepreneur, designer and community builder. He has experience leading teams, coaching designers, and creating together products and services that positively impact people’s lives. He works across diverse industries and sectors, bringing early ideas and concepts to life for World Bank projects, scrappy startups and nonprofits in Africa. He is the author of “Design Sutra'', a collection of design prin...
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Katie McCurdy is a design consultant, autoimmune patient and founder of Pictal Health. After years of struggling to communicate about her own mysterious symptoms, Katie created a new way for people to tell their health stories visually, so they feel heard and understood as they work with their doctors to get the right diagnosis and treatment. She’s also spent a decade joyfully using visual communication and human-centered design to...
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Larry Chu, MD is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and Director of the Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media (AIM) Lab. Dr. Chu is an NIH-funded clinical researcher and is Executive Director of Stanford Medicine X, the world's longest-running and most-discussed academic program on patient-centered emerging technology and medicine. He has written eight books, over 50 papers and over 50 book chapt...
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Mokena Makeka was raised in Maseru, Lesotho and New York. He is an accomplished architect, artist, curator, designer, global leader, scholar and urbanist. He is at the forefront of thinking on contemporary inclusive African Cities. Mokena studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and has executive leadership qualifications from the Harvard Kennedy School, Oxford University and Wits University. He is adjunct professor at C...
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Michael Ngigi is the co-studio Lead of ThinkPlace Kenya where he leads a team of designers drawn from over 8 different countries. He’s passionate about Africa and unlocking the potential of the continent through design thinking. Michael has traveled across Africa understanding the different cultures and connecting people with solutions to their challenges. Early in his career he acknowledged the power of supporting people to identi...
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Antionette D. Carroll is the founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise designing healthy and racially equitable communities for Black and Latinx populations through education and training programs, community engagement consulting and open-sourced tools. Creative Reaction Lab is a movement challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health and healthcare, and government and public service sec...
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Ben Branson is the Founder of Seedlip and Æcorn Drinks, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits and aperitifs. His mission is two fold: Solve the dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’ and continue his family’s 300 years of farming heritage. With offices in the Chilterns, Los Angeles and Sydney, Seedlip is now available in 29 cities including New York, Barcelona, Shanghai & Singapore and served in many of...
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Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a boutique architecture and urban design firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have prototyped new design systems to advance urban agriculture, support small business, create spaces for youth makers, advance building innovation and create public space frameworks. ...
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Selected by Fast Company as a Master of Design and one of 50 Most Influential Designers, Kathleen Brandenburg is an internationally recognized founder, thought leader, educator and speaker on the global stage—from Delhi to Hong Kong to the Mayo Clinic. Named a “Creative Maverick,” Kathleen has devoted her career to elevating design as a strategic value for business, organizations, and society. An early pioneer and advocate of human...
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Maggie Breslin is the director of The Patient Revolution, an action and advocacy movement for careful and kind care. She and her team work towards a vision of a healthcare future defined by unhurried conversations, seeing people in all their complexity, and care plans that make intellectual, emotional, and practical sense. Maggie has spent 15+ years as a designer and researcher in the healthcare space, including 7 years at the ...
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Cliff Kuang is a user-experience designer at Google and author of User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play, which was called a “tour de force” by the New York Times and was also named an Amazon Best Book of 2019. Previously, he was head of UX and product at Fast Company; the founder of Fast Company’s design site, Co.Design; and an editor at Wired. Under his leadership, Co.Design bec...
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Meet Rachael Dietkus. She’s a clinical social worker who has dedicated her career to trauma responsive practices in design. After a 10-year career working with social justice and human rights non-profits, she pursued a Master of Social Work and worked at Veterans Affairs across the patient advocacy, planning and construction, and housing and homelessness arenas. Since 2016, she has been working in higher education at the University...
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Andrew M. Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and Chief Medical Officer at HOK, a global design and architecture firm. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees education both with Honors at Case Western Reserve University with a year of coursework at University College London and The Bartlett School of Architecture. In addition to his health service...
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Humans are an indoor species; we spend about 90% of our time inside buildings. What makes a building sick or a living room healthy? Explore the science of indoor spaces with Emily Anthes, the author of The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness. Emily and Bon talk about the design of modern hospitals, evidenced-based design and tips on creating healthier indoor spaces.
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December 22, 2020 47 min
In this special holiday edition of Design Lab, Dr. Mike Natter (from Episode 3) joins us as our return guest! In this fun meandering conversation, our producer Rob Pugliese asks Bon and Mike about their holiday plans, TikTok, quarantine puppies, Jeopardy, reducing pandemic stress and so much more. Enjoy and happy holidays! 
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