Designing a Nutritional Packaging System for End Stage Renal Disease Patients

By Min Sun Lee.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

End Stage renal disease; or ESRD is a kidney disease that requires a strict dietary regimen in order to limit the life-threatening effects of a poor diet. This dietary regimen requires careful regulation of 8 essential nutrients: calories, proteins, sodium, phosphorous, calcium, potassium, vitamins, and minerals. This strict diet creates a number of complications in patients’ lives, including malnutrition, fatigue, other diseases, and death.
The purpose of this study was to develop an appropriate packaging system that provided nutritional information, was appetizing, and focused on the cognitive, affective, and emotional dietary needs of ESRD patients.
The design research for this study included the examination of packaging design,labeling systems, principles of effective packaging design and typography. In addition, this study researched the unique dietary and physical needs of ESRD patients.
The methodology includes case studies with three nutritional systems from the food industry and the development of an evaluation matrix that allows for an analysis of food packaging based on design principles and nutritional information.

Keywords: End Stage Renal Disease, Packaging Design, Nutritional System, Hemodialysis

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.381-386. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.117MB).

Prof. Min Sun Lee

Assistant Professor of Art-Graphic Design, Department of Art, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama, USA

Min Sun Lee is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Montevallo. She is a graphic designer with experience in print, web, and packaging design. She has recently earned her MFA from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She has taught computer art and digital painting, digital photo editing, and digital art history as an instructor at Iowa State. Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee embraces her unique combination of Korean and Western culture in her design. She is especially interested in the research and design of unique solutions to problems involving the human experience, social patterns and communication between cultures. She feels that through proper execution, design can serve as a valuable ally to those in need.

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