Critical design, ethnographic artistic research
Lilli is a medical design and research which aims to alter the narrative and experience during IUI’s procedure. Proving the psychological nature of the procedure and the comfort of a woman are the most important direction to look medically It is a radical process proposal rather than a product one which will make clear that the focus of the whole design’s idea is the user. Furthermore it is intended to reduce the budget by creating a tool for IUI accessible to a larger target. Lilli brings in life a product which is positively adjacent on the ability of increasing the chances of pregnancy as the psychological factor has been reached.
During the concept of IVF, the process of IUI must be completed before any further hormonal medication between 8 to 12 times. It is a long hyper-intensive and certainly expensive methodology. While under healthy circumstances the maximum rate that organism is able to achieve pregnancy during fertilisation days refer to 8%, IVF’s hormonal medication and sperm’s laboratory treatment manages just to stabilise this rate. Concededly psychological factor is the basic ingredient to this multiethical composition. The psychological condition is a factor that can be transformed with the power of an interior environment and of course the attitude of the attendees as well as the image of the objects. The fact that we refer to a medical instrument does not mean that design’s aesthetic rules has to be condemned. on the contrary; we have reached a point where the need of friendlier filaments and shapes are more accessible for the needs of the creator as to the needs of the user.
The process of IUI is definitely an easy method medically speaking. On the other hand is rough while calmness and serenity are two very critical factors through this special and extra personal medical procedure. It is completed in the hospitalʼs cold environment by a team of doctors using ugly medical instruments and finally it becomes anxiogenic and stressful. The lack of design on the objects and simultaneously the inability of the space to make the patient feel comfortable are two very important issues to begin with.
Lilli is a small catheter with integrated piston inside a speculum. The internal piston is containing a small quantity oblong 0,4 mg container which is currying the liquid sperm. The doctor, having collected the liquid, places it in the tray and gives to her patients the object. After that, the user is able to use it at her/their houseʼs ideally conditions anytime she/they feel to want in the next 48 hours.
The ergonomic study that has been done on the subject manages to serve the convenience of the woman, to signal the movement of the object, to communicate its proper use. When the body of the woman-user will be slightly reclined the movement of the hand will follow the slope of the object. It is ergonomically designed to exclude cervical injuries. Made of pliable, biodegradable and thermally insulated silicone.
Middlesex University London, June 2014