We were delighted to have our paper ‘Designing instructions for COVID-19 self-tests: how do people use static and video instructions, and what parts of the test are the most difficult to get right?’ accepted at the Information + Conference 2021, held online 27 September – 1 October.

For this conference we were asked to pre-record our illustrated presentation so that it could be viewed before the panel discussion. Watch our pre-recorded presentation here.

We took part in the panel conversation Deliberating Health on 30 September, along with a group of great designers and researchers.

The conference brought together people in information design and visualization, so this was a great opportunity to talk about how we can use visuals to encode and communicate health data more effectively.

Panel presenters and conference organisers. 1st row: Gabi Schaffzin, Karel van ver Waarde, Sue Walker. 2nd row: Josefina Bravo, Yanni Loukissas, Bree McMahon. 3rd row: Will Stahl-Timmins, Isabel Meirelles, Marian Dörk.

The panel conversation focused far beyond the design of instructions. We talked about the role of designers in health communications and established structures that affect the production of user-centred information. The combined work presented in this panel highlighted issues around access to information, and the need talk to patients to find design directions.