Guillermina Noël

Guillermina Noël is a visual communication designer. Her work involves multidisciplinary teams, engaging users in the design process, and is focused on design education, health and medical issues.

She holds a PhD in Design Sciences from the University IUAV of Venice, Italy, and a Master of Design from the University of Alberta, Canada. Since 2003 her practice focuses on health related design projects. She is a founding member of Slow Medicine aimed at promoting measured, respectful, and equitable care. From 2008 to 2010, she was one of the coordinators of the Medical Design Research Unit at the University IUAV of Venice. She was part of the interdisciplinary team that created the campaign “Antibiotics: Solution or Problem?” (BMJ 2013;347:f5391). From 2014 to 2015 she collaborated with the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University as an Adjunct Researcher. From 2016 to 2019 she was a Human-Centred Designer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta.

As a design educator Guillermina was a Full Time Continuing Instructor at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, from 1997 to 2001. She is one of the few designers that has taught in a Faculty of Medicine, collaborating with the National University of La Matanza (Buenos Aires, Argentina) as a Part Time Continuing Professor for a term in 2012. From January 2013 to April 2014, Guillermina was also a Full Time Continuing Professor at the Department of Information Design, Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Mexico), teaching courses at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. She has also taught at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada. She has just guest-edited two special issues of the open-source She Ji, the Journal of Design, Business and Innovation, vol 6- 1 and 2, dedicated to design education. She is now Head, Design Management Program, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland.