Human-centered design is a way of using design research methods to gain insight into one’s target population. This interactive toolkit was created to help specialists working for the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (or UNESCO) do just that. These program specialists work around the world to combat some of humanity’ biggest problems, in this context HIV and AIDS. By utilizing the design research tools created for them, they are better able to understand the actions, motives, beliefs and behaviors of the communities in which they reside. They can then identify patterns, locate key risk factors, and create targeted, culturally appropriate messaging strategies for the ongoing HIV and AIDS campaign.
The CHW handbooks were designed with the Interns for Change at Pratt Institute, lead by Deb Johnson.
• used design research and design thinking principles to assess most effective communication methods and tools
• assisted with toolkit graphic design and organization