Healthy Data

An ambitious competition posed by the government ‘s Presidential Innovation Fellows program asked designers to tackle an all-too-overlooked problem: the design of medical records. 230 individuals and groups, many from several top design firms responded with entries, showing the great possibilities in applying clean, simple information design principles to an often misunderstood area. In addition to presenting a better visual layout, the projects goals include: helping patients better manage health; enabling doctors to understand, use and share patients’ information; and helping family members and friends care for their loved ones. Team curators will select and refine a final design, which will then be shared on an open-source site for health-record companies to incorporate into their systems.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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