Vital Signs: Design Thinking for Healthcare Innovation, Thursday, March 31, 2011

The second annual Design Intersections symposium, Vital Signs: Design Thinking for Healthcare Innovation, will explore the role of design in healthcare innovation, including how design can be used to improve -- and, in some cases, reinvent -- healthcare systems, delivery, environments, experiences and outcomes. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the College of Design in partnership with Larsen, a Minneapolis-based national design, branding and interactive agency.

Design Intersections takes place 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the U of M's Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The closing "Ellerbe Becket/AECOM Lecture on Healthcare Innovation and Design," presented by the Center for Spirituality & Healing and free to the public, takes place 4:30-6 p.m. at Coffman Memorial Union's Campus Club.

Inaugurated in 2010, Design Intersections is an exploratory series of themed, interactive dialogs among designers and representatives from various disciplines discussing the consequences and potential of design-induced change.

For more information -- including speakers' bios, a complete schedule and to register -- visit The early-bird discount ends Feb. 28, with registration closing on March 24.

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