Designing for Digital Health

The “restore connection” alert isn’t just for devices– it applies to people too. And it’s more important now than ever before.

We have a responsibility as creators of digital products to enable others to disconnect, and re-connect with themselves– physically, mentally and socially. This intersection is an emerging category Andréa likes to call digital health, and it’s something we can create together. In this talk, I shared actionable strategies, principles and considerations for designing with digital health top of mind. We got into some #realtalk about how we can collectively create more balance and presence for the humans using our products.


Talk Title
Designing for Digital Health

FITC Web Unleashed
RBC FutureMakers
FITC Amsterdam

September 14th, 2019
March 27th, 2019
February 18th, 2019

Talk Abstract
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The Twitter Version:

We’re building the news headlines of the future… but most importantly, we’re building the habits of the future, too.

-@andreacrofts #WEBU19



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Need another solid tweet from this talk? I’ve got you covered.

Technology is exploiting vulnerability in human psychology. Dopamine-driven habit loops are gradually gnawing away at our physical and mental health. It's time we re-claim them for good.

-@andreacrofts #WEBU19


Top 6 Favourite Apps for Digital Health

High-quality guided meditation sessions. Sessions range from 1 minute to 20+ minutes.

Classpass GO
Bite-sized classes from reputable instructors. Helps me sweat once a day.

A diet plan, food diary, macro calculator, calorie counter & healthy recipes, all in one.

Habit-forming app created by the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University.

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Headband that provides real-time feedback on brain activity during guided meditations.

Mood Journal
Mood journal for documenting and unpacking thoughts using CBT.