A Design For Health Research Framework


METHOD is a resource written for students, researchers and practitioners whose work sits at the intersection between design and health.

It is built on research undertaken by two design-led research labs, one in the United Kingdom (Lab4Living) and the other in New Zealand (Good Health Design), who have dedicated the last two decades to building an understanding of the role that design research might play in the broader context of health and wellbeing.

Over the last two decades, we have recognised that some researchers struggle with how best to articulate their research. Sometimes there is confusion over the difference(s) between what is design and what is design research.

Consequently, there is A need to build confidence in design for health research, methods and approaches so that outcomes are better understood and valued.

A Design for Health Research Framework with 6 Case Studies; Life Café, Journeying Through Dementia (Part 1 and 2), Design for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) Lab, Talking Minds, and Te Ara Poutama



METHOD is written, designed and curated by Claire Craig, Steve Reay, Graham Nesbitt, Cassie Khoo and Ivana Nakarada-Kordic from Lab4Living and Good Health Design.

Lab4Living (est. 2007) is an interdisciplinary research group at Sheffield Hallam University (UK), based on a collaborative community of researchers in design, healthcare and creative practices. They work to address real-world issues that impact on health and wellbeing, developing products, services and interventions that promote dignity and enhance quality of life.

Good Health Design (est. 2018) is a design research studio at AUT’s School of Art & Design (NZ) that works with students and communities to transform how the design of products and services has a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

To cite this resource...

Craig, C., Reay, S., Nesbitt, G., Khoo, C., & Nakarada-Kordic, I. (2023). Method: A Design for Research Framework. Retrieved from