“Our No. 1 goal was to close the backside of the gown with our design,” says Michael Forbes, a product designer at the Henry Ford Innovation Institute and graduate of the College for Creative Studies (CCS).
“A simple change can have a large impact on the patients’ stay at a hospital. By creating a hospital gown that is safe, stylish and comfortable, we’ve made the patient feel more at home, like they’re wearing their own garments.”
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Mike Forbes, 27, a classmate of Ms. Scott’s and then a junior, similarly focused on the city’s neediest cases, deciding to design the Ulterior Survival Bag, which transforms into a boot. (The bag’s rubber base becomes the sole of a shoe when turned inside out.) “I saw how many people in Detroit were suffering from frostbite and trench foot, and with a shortage of winter footwear it seemed the right product to try to design,” Mr. Forbes recalled.
Housed in an open and modern renovated space at a 1920s Albert Kahn-designed building on Henry Ford's Detroit campus, the institute includes Henry Ford Medical Group, the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University's Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems Program as partners.
While other innovation institutes exist across the country, Dulchavsky said Henry Ford's is unique because of its ties with the College for Creative Studies. "They don't come in with preconceived ideas," he said.
Fifteen design students from the college spent time scouring Henry Ford operating and emergency rooms, generating ideas such as a chair for surgeons and a cabinet that provides light and aromatherapy, plus plays music — all to help with healing.
He said he was hoping for maybe one idea that had commercial potential. Instead, he got a dozen, four of which have been put on a fast-track for development and possible commercialization.
• A surgical retractor system for open heart surgery, designed by Mike Forbes.
Hey everyone! 2010 was an incredible year and it seems as though the momentum is carrying through to 2011! When I began to pursue my dreams as a Product Designer I never imagined I would touch on so many different areas of design ranging from Sports, Tools, Fashion , Toys, Medical, Social and Graphic Design etc... Currently there are a lot of positive things happening with my work