Hand Swelling Experience


For an exhibit related to Shire’s work in a rare disease called hereditary angioedema, ARK designed an empathic experience to increase knowledge and empathy in the HCP audience about hand swelling. Our goal was to establish a setting with digital tools and activities to emulate the challenges patients experience. Through a specially engineered glove apparatus and the opportunity to attempt several activities of daily living, Shire booth attendees experienced the limitations of this condition on a deeper level than they would have through mere text or patient testimony. Our approach enabled HCPs to better understand the needs of those who suffer from this rare but debilitating disease.

Our work included:

  • Analysis and research of the patient experience related to hand swelling
  • Design and production of the whole experience, including an interactive program to 
lead participants through the activities
  • Providing a team of engineers to build a computer-controlled inflatable glove system that simulated the
hand swelling experience
  • Evaluation and metrics of participation and increased knowledge and empathy
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