Dr. Louise Kiernan's Projects

Design for Health and Wellbeing, MSc

Work and co-design with stakeholders right across health care, from hospitals, to mental health services, to public health, to well-being of consumers in society.


Ostoform is medical device that aims to manage peristomal skin complications for people with ileostomies.

Human Factors Associated with Deployment Accuracy of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is an emerging treatment option for previously contraindicated patients suffering from Aortic Stenosis (AS)

Product Design & Technology

PDT is the largest Product Design undergraduate program in the country. It provides the foundation for much of the research originating from the Design Factors group.

The Gray Legacy Project

The Gray Legacy Projects aims to help shape a future where barriers to access into Product/Industrial Design are dismantled and gender takes a secondary role to merit, ability and creativity.

Real World Studio

6 week sponsored industry collaborations – with the aim of exploring and making sense of multiple diverse and challenging 'real world' design briefs.

2018 Graduates from Design Factors

Congratulations to both Dr Kirsten Huysamen and Dr Louise Kiernan, who have graduated with their PhDs at the January 2018 UL Conferrings. From their friends in Design Factors and the School of Design.

Health in a Box

Johnson & Johnson & The School of Design, University of Limerick Postgraduate PhD Scholarships

Product Design & The performing Arts

PD+PA (Product Design + Performing Arts) research cluster. The Creative Process meets the Creative Product - enhancing the performance Artist through research, design and technology.

Dr. Louise Kiernan's Publications

Is Design Education Preparing Product Designers for the Real World? A Study of Product Design Graduates in Ireland

This study aims to identify professional product design roles. It presents the results of a survey of 251 graduates from undergraduate product design courses. Data was gathered about graduate’s job de

The Effect of the Merging of Design Disciplines and its

Abstract: Design in industry is changing and design education needs to evolve accordingly. The borders between design disciplines are blurring with the different areas of design extending into each o

How Scenarios Support Empathy in Design

In user-centred design, there is recognition that designers must understand the perspectives of the users for whom the product or service is being designed.

How to engage students to become problem finders as well as problem solvers

Designers are moving from just responding to a brief from a client to also actively engaging with users and stakeholders to become ‘problem finders’ as well as ‘problem solvers’.


This paper outlines the design research methods used, and the benefits through design education Student/ Researcher /Stakeholder collaboration by application ‘in the ‘field’.

Beyond the Studio: Collaboration and Learning Outside the Formal Design Studio

This paper draws together the experiences of both students and tutors from these activities and reflects on how informal learning activities can engage,excite and encourage students.