After receiving a grant from UC's Communication in the Urban Environment initiative, she and her team of graduate students researched how to improve on the NaloxBox — now AntiOD — from design and awareness to training and efficacy.
“One of the methodologies that we have in research through design is that we can deploy something, learn from it, then redesign it,” Rebola says.
From a visual standpoint, AntiOD is a much more design-driven project with eye-catching graphics and messaging, accessible packaging and smart functional product design. And in order to make it a more user-centered product, the team worked with focus groups to better understand how people react in stressful emergency situations. They learned that some in the group — particularly international students — weren’t even aware of how bad the crisis is, particularly in Hamilton County. Creating an educational campaign around AntiOD, informing the public on signs of overdose, where to access naloxone and how to administer it, soon became just as crucial as redesigning the dispenser.
“We are trying to make AntiOD a three-step process where we are designing access, giving knowledge and creating the empowerment of how to go about it,” says Swati Chopra, second-year master of design degree student and graphic designer, who works alongside team members Norberto Sanchez and Sebastian Ramirez.