Co-designing with Cancer Patients

This was our creative director and head researcher’s personal project: Proyecto C (2010-13).
talking bubble azulI wanted to co-design a system, a community of knowledge, for people to share their resilience stories concerning how they handled cancer in their lives.”
O’Neill was finalist in 2014, under Visual Communication, at the Bienal Ibeoramericana de Diseño, Madrid, Spain, for this research and participatory design project with cancer patients. (2013)

Stories can be download here for free

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Project C (Proyecto C) was aimed at providing tools of empowerment to patients diagnosed with cancer by use of storytelling resilience strategies about the disease, the tackling of the emotional and economic circumstances involved, and the relationship between doctors and patients. The derivatives were 3 one-page comics, both in print and digital format. For the development of the pilot phase of Project C, a participatory workshop (June 2013) was offered to extrapolate the experiences of local cancer patients. A full website was designed with the literature and the final research publication. O’Neill received a small grant from the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, sponsored by the Beta Local cultural organization and by private donors.

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Jose Roa

BA in Arts from the University of Puerto Rico (2000). Administrative Assistant at Rubberband since 2013. Roa has worked at Galería Botello (1996 - ); Escuela de Artes Plásticas (2012, EAP); Ballets de San Juan (1992-94); and Casa Candina (1990 - ). He has co-organized exhibitions for Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, and has collaborated with filmmaker Sonia Fritz; Amigos EAP; Museo de las Américas, and visual artists such as Myrna Báez, Víctor Vázquez, Jorge Zeno and Arnaldo Roche-Rabell.