Menstruation is experienced by over half the population, connecting pre-menarche girls to post-menopausal individuals. There is, however, a paucity of research undertaken in this area as it is often considered taboo or ‘awkward’. Many current designed responses to menstruation threaten individual health, advance stigmas or create environmentally harmful waste streams.

Through the lens of Cycles (personal monthly cycles, life cycles, and material cycles), our research forges new directions in participatory co-design and radical collaboration for menstrual health and wellbeing. Cycles will begin by engaging with People Who Menstruate (PWM) to build meaningful partnerships and co-develop an inclusive, open, ethical and sustainable agenda.

SUSTAINABILITY

Billions of tampons and pads go to landfills ever year, all over the world, and the non-organic items take up to 500 years to decompose. We explore ways to make periods more ecologically healthy.

SOCIAL SUPPORT

Menstruation is a necessary biological function experienced by half of the global population yet still a dirty word in countries all over the world. We want to change that.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

We know that your period might be something you keep to yourself. We want to acknowledge every person’s individual experience and amplify their voice.

PAIN

Periods = pain for many people. With PCOS, endemetriosis and PMDD, our work explores the under-researched area of menstrual pain – physical and mental.

NEW PRODUCTS

There’s so much more than tracking out there. Our project explores how new technologies can help you understand, explore and talk about your period in meaningful ways.

SPECULATIVE FUTURES

We want to imagine a healthy, happy future for menstruation – for PWM and for the world at large. To do this requires the use of new, imaginative and collaborative design methods.

Design Practice & Education

We are actively engaged in research for design education, continuing professional development and design practice.

Design for Health

Our user-centered work in health and wellness focuses on humanising technology that benefits both patients and clinicians.

Design for Sustainability & Society

Our research projects take a design led approach to framing and tackling societal, environmental and consumption issues.

Human Factors in industry

Our research on work related musculoskeletal disorders examines occupational health and industrial ergonomics.