My Role: Project Manager / Designer
Project Duration: 12 Weeks (2019)
Format: Animation + Interviews + Live Footage
Project Goal: To create a full-length tutorial of standardized procedures on organ donation and transplants for the medical partitioners in Taiwan.
Prototypes turned into the Final Animation:
What did I do?
Since the surgical techniques and the law for Organ Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) were new in Taiwan, there weren’t many people aware of or familiar with the knowledge. I worked closely with the consulting surgeons and nurses to learn every detail from how to identify the critical criteria of a donor candidate, how to approach the family of the potential donors, whom were usually under vulnerable condition, and most of all, learned all the steps from organ retrieval to preservation, and how it was different from the surgical procedures for Organ Donation after Brain-death(DBD).
Visualizing the Surgery
I studied the surgery recordings, anatomy and physiology critical for an organ transplant, then I sketched out the procedures to communicate with the surgeons about accuracy of information– that we were talking about cutting the same blood vein!
Then, I created visualizations and storyboards to examine,
1) was it clear enough for the surgeons to map the surgical knowledge from simulation to reality?
2) whether the clients were happy with the form we proposed,
3) that the animation team was able to capture every detail, and procedure precisely.
Simulating the Surgery
Besides visualizing the steps in 2D, I also prototyped the whole surgery with clay, toothpicks, and strings to demonstrate the surgical steps to the animation team. It helped them grasp the concepts more vividly.
This quick prototyping and demonstration helped bring clarity to the animation team, and we eventually created a clear and accurate surgical tutorial for the learning sessions in the hospitals in Taiwan!