2D Heart Model

Changing the World – One Toy at a Time:

Drawing on my unique combination of industrial design, graphic art, and medical training, I aim to create educational resources that facilitate knowledge transfer and communication between physician and child. Since children learn through play, I was inspired to dedicate my Master of Industrial Design Thesis Work to the creation of education toys. Under the supervision of Robert Lederer, an experienced designer and associate professor at the University of Alberta, I am creating a series of educational toys that will teach children about cardiac health. These educational toys will teach basic cardiac anatomy, introduce medical terminology, discuss the importance of cardiac health and encourage a cardiac healthy lifestyle. By introducing the importance of cardiac health at an early age, the potential beneficial long term outcome is a decrease in the incidence of cardiac disease among the adult population.

The Play, Learn, Teach! Project was a recipient of the Alberta Medical Association Emerging Leader in Health Promotion Grant. One of  my first creative medical educational resources, aka toy design, was the 2D Cardiac Anatomy Paper Model. This paper toy was designed to teach elementary children basic cardiac anatomy. The paper model can be downloaded as a pdf in the link below, printed out on 8.5×11 paper, folded in half along the dotted line, glued together, cut out and voila – a 2D model of the heart that opens like a locket to expose the inner chambers and valves.





I would like to acknowledge the Alberta Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association for their support through the “Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion” Grant. To learn more about the grant program, please visit their website.


1 Comment

  1. Congratulations on your award Michiko and on the TV report. I also love your 2-D heart design. This all takes me back (more than a few years ago!) to Des 575 and your ‘Barbie’ doll designs.
    Greig Rasmussen

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