Win-Win: Incorporating Lean Design Can Slash Operating Costs and Improve Patient Safety, Family and Staff Satisfaction

Posted by on Sep 26, 2019 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Win-Win: Incorporating Lean Design Can Slash Operating Costs and Improve Patient Safety, Family and Staff Satisfaction

Going the extra mile to incorporate the principles of Lean design into the construction process is a win-win. The outcome is slashed operating costs and improved outcomes for patients, their family, and staff. In 2012 Seattle Children’s Hospital prepared for a new, multimillion-dollar patient care building by incorporating the lean process. The outcome? Slashed operation […]

A Wayfinding Technique that is Unexpected, Creative, Effective and Aesthetically Pleasing

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
A Wayfinding Technique that is Unexpected, Creative, Effective and Aesthetically Pleasing

Ever been lost in a hospital? You’re not alone. It’s really a thing. Healthcare Designers solve the problem with Wayfinding Techniques and Programs. A well-planned and implemented Wayfinding Program minimizes the stress associated with finding your way in a hospital. The example here goes beyond that with a creative, unexpected and aesthetically pleasing technique that […]

Take A Creative Approach to Healthcare Design Because Logic Doesn’t Always Prevail When it Comes to Our Health

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Take A Creative Approach to Healthcare Design Because Logic Doesn’t Always Prevail When it Comes to Our Health

Today I was reading an interview on HealthcareDesignMagazine.com between the Executive Editor Anne DiNardo and healthcare design professional Steven Merahn. One of the ideas shared was ‘Logic doesn’t always prevail when it comes to our health.’ I love that Steven Merahn brought this up because it’s so true. In his words, healthcare or the act […]

Biophilic Design Example – The Phillips Family Cancer Center

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Biophilic Design Example – The Phillips Family Cancer Center

Biophilia is the urge or desire to affiliate with life. The desire to connect with nature is innate and doing so can assist in healing and mental wellness. However, the majority of people today spend 90% of their time indoors. Biophilic design helps by bringing the healing elements of nature indoors. The Phillips Family Cancer […]

Happy Labor Day!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in About Marie Wikoff
Happy Labor Day!

Without labor nothing prospers. – Sophocles I feel inclined to wish everyone I know a happy Labor Day. Wikoff Design Studio celebrated 10 years in business this year. When I look back at my time in business, I’m in awe over the people I’ve met and worked with along the way. I have witnessed an […]

It’s Busy in Here and I Need to Chart. Where Do I Go?

It’s Busy in Here and I Need to Chart. Where Do I Go?

Needing a place to chart or a private place to have a difficult conversation with a patient’s family is harder than you would think in many hospitals. A frequent complaint of medical staff is that medical facilities are often crowded and there’s competition for open spaces, offices and conference rooms. Part of the reason for […]

Using Research to Inform Design

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 in Behind the Design, Featured Projects
Using Research to Inform Design

Linking research and design is the core of Evidence-Based Design or EBD. In fact, what differentiates EBD from a typical design approach is its emphasis on using research to inform and support design decisions and evaluate design strategies and innovations. Using research helps designers glean valuable insights that inform design decisions. In EBD, research generally […]