Diabetes emoticons designed by patient experts!

The idea for the Diabetes Emoticons app was developed through a patient-centered design workshop sponsored by HealthDesignBy.Us, a collaborative of patients and caregivers, healthcare providers and researchers, designers and artists, engineers and technologists, public health professionals, and community members who are passionate about patient-centered participatory design and infusing the maker movement into healthcare. The experts in diabetes, namely patients and caregivers, were the clients for a multidisciplinary team of University of Michigan students, faculty, and business partners. The groups engaged in the process of design thinking, starting with empathy and identification of a problem, to ideation, and paper prototype development. Patients and caregivers were active participants in the problem identification and in the co-design of solutions.

The Problem:
"It’s annoying to get lots of text messages from your mom about diabetes stuff when you are a teenager with type 1 diabetes.”

The Solution:
Make communication easier between parent and child through the use of diabetes emoticons.

Paper prototypes of the icons were developed by the teens (Reece and Olivia Ohmer), U-M Stamps School of Art & Design students created the illustrations (Margot Robert) and user interface mockups (Xiaoying He), and students from Michigan Hackers created the applications (Jawad Nasser and Connor Krupp)!

This app is a collaboration of HealthDesignBy.Us and Michigan Hackers. Thanks to the generous support from the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund, Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, University of Michigan Provost Global Challenges Grant, and University of Michigan Health System Fostering Innovation Grant.

What’s New

Version 1.0

This update is signed with Apple’s latest signing certificate. No new features are included.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Tonynow1 ,

Great resources for parents and T1D tweens & teens

This is a great way to communicate for parents and their kids. It's fast and easy. Helps kids respond faster and saves on a lot of typing for everyone. Highly recommended for anyone who has to communicate about T1D!

Zzzzz134554 ,

Great first release

For a first release, the app is great. Thank you so much for doing this!

SDteamDiabetes ,

Love for life! 😍

This is an awesome app! The emojis are beautiful and very well designed tots recommend for any awesome diabetics

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The University of Michigan
13.5 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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