Ruby Steel
Senior Design Strategist; Smart Design

About

As Senior Design Strategist at Smart Design, Ruby is committed to making people’s lives better through the power of design. She works across a variety of industries, with an emphasis on healthcare.

At 17 Ruby met someone living with HIV and was deeply affected by the lack of empathy they received from others. That day Ruby decided she would help people isolated by circumstance. Ruby later graduated from Kingston University and then went on to gain a Master’s degree in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College of London. Today, with more than eight years experience of designing products, services and experiences, she has remained true to her 17-year-old self.

Ruby has been awarded two Helen Hamlyn Design Awards for Creativity and Inclusive Design, and received honourable mentions from Core77 and the RSA for design solutions combating issues such as social isolation in older people. 

Talk Details

Design for Good

As designers we have the opportunity to make experiences better for people and personally I find there is no greater reward than using these skills to make better experiences for those who’s circumstance denies them things most take for granted.

I would like to tell you the story of the Mycarematters Design Collective and what can be achieved when passionate, like-minded designers come together. Mycarematters, founded by Zoe Harris, is a free online service where you can upload info healthcare professionals need to provide person-centred care.

The Design Collective was founded earlier this year, we are a group of designers that work along side this wonderful enterprise to support with design experience.