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Design as skillset.

For non-designers, the diversity of design skills and titles can create uncertainty and confusion about what skills are needed to address particular global health challenges. While design, as a whole, seeks to apply different skills, based on specific challenges and across different project stages, individual designers typically possess a depth of knowledge in one or more design specializations. In this respect, design is not too dissimilar from health with its many different specializations.

Just as health professionals embody a basic understanding of clinical practice, designers possess common skills in creative problem solving, visual thinking, and the craft of making things. Depending on your project, and the role design plays in your program, you will likely need to collaborate with a designer who can help your team both navigate the entire design process as well as solve for a more specialized project need (e.g. designing a new medical product, health record, or media campaign).