This course platform prepares students to be medical innovators. Students here have worked hand-in-hand with more than 20 doctors and surgeons, in over 40 projects. This has resulted in more than 10 patents and solutions that are currently being utilised in hospitals.

The sheer level and quantity of inventiveness and achievements has garnered strong interests from industry and medical institutions locally and overseas, furthering the impact of design innovation in healthcare. New students can expect to work with more oncologists, orthopaedics and in hand and reconstructive microsurgery.

The platform delivers a multitude of experiences in and opportunities for medical innovation using the creative processes of design. Students are equipped with a human-centric approach to identify and solve worthy problems. Projects range from surgical instruments, physical simulators, medical training tools, rehabilitation tools and smartphone applications.


Curriculum Overview Components

Contextual study with solution co-creation with doctors and patients

Identification of worthwhile problems and innovation opportunities

Prototype testing and evaluation of solution in real medical scenarios

Key Learning Areas in terms of Thinking / Knowledge

How to observe and uncover user insights and problem areas in healthcare and medicine

How to reframe the problem statement into an actionable innovation opportunity

How to create cutting edge solutions for clinicians by using emerging technology, ergonomic and usability analysis

Key Skillset,Tool or Method Equipping Areas

Observation, user study, and insight identification methods

Co-creation and solution development with clinicians

Building functional prototypes and conducting proof-of- concept evaluations in the real world




Bend is a non-intrusive Dynamic Traction Splint for Proximal Interphalangeal Joint fractures and dislocation typically caused by high impact or high-velocity trauma. The strategic cuts along the splint imitate the function of the mechanical spring, which generates the traction force required for better recovery.

In collaboration with National University Hospital

Loren Lim, Russell Chew



A portable pneumatic bed rotation device for nonambulant patients. This invention introduces an automatic pulsating inflation sequence built into inflated air bags which lift a person’s body to its sides. This optimises pulmonary functionality and pressure sore relief in patients.

Eason Chow



HAND is a hand surgery simulator that allows young surgeons to learn and practice surgical procedures like syndactyly release and z-plasty before performing it for the first time.

In collaboration with National University Hospital, Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Hon Sui Ming Raymond, Lim Tian Hwee Loren



BraunPrize, Germany, 2007
Red Dot Award: Design Concept, 2007
iF Concept Design Award, 2008

The LeapFrog assistive walker invents an elegant mechanical solution for automatic transformation between sit and stand modes for cerebral palsied children, thereby eliminating the need for frequent transfers in and out of the walker for short breaks. It is designed to create a new system of gait training support that is intuitive to use and easier to integrate into the life of the child and his family.

Supported by the Cerebral Palsy Association of Singapore and currently in commercial development by Xentiq Partners.

Donn Koh


Chang Shian Wei

Chang Shian Wei graduated in 2004 and is a Healthcare Design Specialist at Toshiba Japan
How did you get into this profession of designing professional medical devices and healthcare solutions for Toshiba in Japan?

After six years in the Singapore design industry, I headed to Tokyo, Japan to do a master’s course in media design at Keio University in 2010.

At that time, Toshiba was looking for designers to work in their design centre in Tokyo and I got an introduction through Dr. Yen. I got in after rounds of interviews plus a week-long workshop.

Situated in Japan, what do you think about the design work culture, compared to Singapore?

At Toshiba the work culture is methodical and meticulous. The process is well- respected and followed through even under tight schedules, and constant checks are made at every stage.

Were the skills learnt in DID applicable to the jobs you were in? How so?

Yes. The emphasis on methodology and thinking skills really helped set the foundation for my design career. Hard- core ID skills such as prototyping and 3D computer-aided design were also useful.

Images courtesy of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Lee Tze Ming
Yong Jie Yu
Donn Koh

DID graduates Lee Tze Ming (2005), Yong Jieyu (2005) and Donn Koh (2007) are co-founding design directors of STUCK Design Pte Ltd

Alumni Lee Tze Ming, Yong Jie Yu and Donn Koh are the founding design directors of the renowned innovation and design agency, STUCK. Along with advisory founders Hans Tan and Edwin Low (both also DID Alumni), they lead a team of interaction and industrial designers that craft healthcare, aerospace, defense and Internet of Things solutions for some of the world’s biggest brands and the innovative startups.

The cross-disciplinary team delivers product design, invention development, interface design and app development for companies like Samsung, Deloitte, BMW, as well as A*Star and Innosparks.

Their latest projects include collaborating with Innosparks on the industrial design of the Air+ Smart Mask, which became a top- selling haze protection in Singapore, the SenceBand for Planexta, which is the world’s first single-wrist ECG wearable, as well as the companion app interface for SafetoSleep’s baby breathing monitor.

The Air+ won the President’s Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award and the iF Design Award, while the SenceBand and SafetoSleep won CES Innovation Awards.

Tan Li Ren

Tan Li Ren graduated in 2010 and is a Senior Industrial Designer at Alexandra Health System
You lead the innovation and research team here in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), is that your main role?

Yes, KTPH is part of the Alexandra Health System where I lead the innovation team. There are three areas of work.

One is in-house patient experience-related projects where we design new programmes for patients and look into developing new care models, products, and creating new experiences for them. The second includes promoting an innovation culture within the hospital. That’s where we design the curriculum and conduct courses to raise awareness about design. The last is where we work with companies in related industries on co-innovation projects.

One of the very successful programmes that the hospital rolled out back in 2012 is called Ageing-In-Place (AIP), which won the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award.

You said DID to you was like an incubator, why?

It’s like the start of something I guess, it’s a time where you get to explore what you might be interested in, in a very protected environment, but at the same time it doesn’t limit your creativity or your boundaries.


As part of our strategy to evolve constantly, a major component of the course is the Course Platforms.
It allows students to tailor their individual course of learning by selecting and participating in 2 concurrent design studios from a variety of 7 to 10 different design projects offered every semester —ranging from

  • Experiments & Exploitation of Materials
  • Future Trends Forecasting & Disruptive Innovation
  • Entrepreneur Product Creation for Crowdfunding & Startups
  • Invention of Tools, Mechanisms, Materials & Structures
  • Innovation & Invention in Healthcare & Medicine
  • Mastery of Product Aesthetics, Usability & Desire Creation
  • Crafting User Experiences in Retail & Government Services
  • 3D Printing & Digital Fabrication Mastership
  • Specialist in Creativity & Problem-solving Methods
  • Interaction for Mobile Apps & the Internet of Things

The range of different topics reflect the ever-expanding role of an innovator and industrial designer; not only are students able to receive exposure to different areas of innovation, they also get the opportunity to learn different approaches to designing from the individual studio leaders and industry collaborators.

In addition, the vertical format of the design platforms encourages cross-learning of ideas, skills and methods while junior students work alongside and / or compete with senior students.

Students in a lower year will take up the role of a junior designer, whilst senior students will have the opportunity to assume the role of a senior innovator. This arrangement reflects the prevalent importance of group dynamics in industry practice, where design teams often comprise of junior designers, innovators and sometimes a creative director.

The platform program features real life innovation projects in collaboration with the following industry partner:



The Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, B.A.(ID), is an undergraduate honours programme consisting of coursework driven by a synergistic three-pronged approach:

Design Thinking: Out-of-the-box innovation strategies and investigative methods to discover new ideas and unmet needs.

Multi-Disciplinary Aptitudes: Behavioural science, social economics, business strategy and engineering and technology knowledge help out graduates develop entrepreneurial strategic thinking and holistic problem-solving capabilities.

Artistic Sensibility: Training of imagination, taste, and crafts, to provide appropriate aesthetics and emotions to ideas so that solutions are both functional and desirable. The combined approaches equips our graduates with high-level strategic thinking, and enables them to translate problems and ideas to tangible, desirable solutions etc.


To broaden the students’ exposure, around two-thirds of each cohort goes for a one-semester overseas exchange programme during their 3rd year to distinguished design schools.

Our partner schools include:

University of New South Wales, Australia
University of Alberta, Canada
Duoc UC, Chile
Tsinghua University, China
Zhejiang University, China
Tongji University, China
Aalto University, Finland
ENSCI, France
ENSAD, France
International School of Design or ISD, France
Institut supérieur de design, France
Folkwang University of the Arts, Germany
Politechnico di Milano, Italy
Kyushu University, Japan
KIT, Japan
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
TU Delft, The Netherlands
TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Hangyang University, South Korea
Seoul National University, South Korea
KAIST, South Korea
ECAL, Switzerland
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Arizona State University, USA


Crafting User Experiences in Retail & Government Services is a specialization platform electable by students of the Division of Industrial Design (DID).

DID was founded in 1999 as Singapore’s first university-level course in Industrial Design. DID offers a highly selective degree course in Industrial Design. We teach a potent combination of design thinking and innovation methods, with a clever mix of artistic, humanistic, technological and business disciplines.

Our vision is to make life better through design; to equip students with trans-disciplinary skills and thinking processes required to find unmet needs, to solve complex problems involved in creating viable new products, experiences, interfaces and environments. Our graduates are enabled to take up highly valuable and versatile roles as creative designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of change.

Originally as part of the Department of Architecture, our programme has built a stellar track record and gained independence in just 11 years. We are ranked among the world’s top 30 University for the subject of Art and Design by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, and also ranked as the top university in Asia.

Top Back Course Video How to Enrol