Glasgow Innovation School Product Design

Sophie Young (she/her)


Innovation Design Research Prize

I’m a multidisciplinary designer committed to optimising user experience through co-design. I’m drawn to projects that allow me to collaborate with stakeholders to develop research-led innovation. Much of our current infrastructure and products have been designed with a limited consideration for the diversity of human experiences. This needs to change. My aim is to create accessible and sustainable systems, products and environments. To achieve this, I believe designers must work with stakeholders who have a multiplicity of backgrounds and abilities. Their input must be treated with equal importance throughout the design process to reach the most rewarding outcomes. I endeavour to design proactively, considering how the user currently engages with the project, the impact this has on their experience, and how this may progress in the future.


Portfolio in progress
How I Like to Learn
The Family Support Network

How I Like to Learn

The purpose of this project is to create an optimised learning environment for students with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in secondary school. For Batman, the 1st year student I’m working with, FASD impedes his memory, literacy and numeracy skills, amongst other things. I’m working with Batman and his pastoral support teacher, Jessica, to implement a navigation system which is accessible to him.

The system utilises Batman’s strengths with colour and visuals, enabling him to confidently and independently navigate his new school. This is something he was previously unable to do using the traditional school timetable. Following the success of the navigation system, the project has progressed further. We are now looking at how more students with additional support needs may be involved in future improvements of the education system, through sharing their experiences in the same way that Batman was able to share his.


Excerpt from Batman's comic book (Linked in project intro) illustrating Batman with the FASD Optimised Map and Timetable


Short film detailing the context of the project


The traditional school timetable is inaccessible to Batman and students like him. It's monotone and text-reliant. It mixes numbers and letters and reads from side to side. It gets all jumbled up inside Batman's head.


We started by developing a map that Batman could understand, which lead on to developing a specialised timetable and signs for the school buildings and hallways. Map and timetable can be viewed using link in intro


Using the FASD Optimised navigation system, Batman is now able to find all his classes independently. Making it to class on time helps him to settle in to his lessons better. This system has been designed so that teachers can create custom navigation tools to help any new students entering the secondary school who learn like Batman does.

The Family Support Network

This project looks at the future of cancer prevention through supporting young families to make healthy choices for their children. Inequality surrounds many aspects of cancer development. For example, obesity increases a person’s risk of developing 13 known cancers, and children from poorer areas are twice as likely to be obese than children in affluent areas. Through the experience of 21 year-old care worker Lindsay and her son, Sam, we explore the opportunities and benefits of a connected family support system using collective intelligence. I’ve designed a network, within which healthcare services and community agencies work in collaboration with the food industry to sustain a more proactive and inclusive family support network.

There are three major aspects to the Family Support Network; its accessibility, dietary support, and the fact that it is a dynamic, self-developing system.



Future World Map

This map forms the basis of the future world we developed within the cancer Prevention and Detection group linked in the project bio. This future world led me to explore the socioeconomic links to cancer development and base my project on preventing these factors.

The Family Support Network project intoduction


This storyboard explores the key themes of Lindsay's 2020 experience of mother-hood in relation to her and her babies health. Obstacles in her current experience are used to inform Lindsay's 2030 experience of motherhood using the Family Support Network,

Dietary Support

Lindsay's 2030 experience of motherhood using the Family Support Network is illustrated through three major aspects: Accessibility, Dietary Support and Dynamic Network. The gif above explores key themes of Dietary Support


Ex-participants are able to join the network and train as keyworkers in the network. The sense of community this creates enables rich feedback from group attendees in the knowledge that those running the network and those participating in it have, to some extent, a shared experience.