Sanne Ree Barthels

Bottom-Up researcher

What is your passion?

Surfing, yoga. Activities or studies that are good for my own well being and make me understand health better. They inspire me.


What is important for you?

To work from my own fascination.


How do you Label yourself?

I do not like to label myself. If I would have to, I would call myself sensitive for future needs in the well being spectrum.


Describe your work in one sentence without using the word ‘design’.

At the moment: Running bottom-up qualitative research projects as part of a multidisciplinary team to answer health/care needs of the future in rural Scottish society.


How do you relate to the field of well-being?

Ehm. I guess I grew up with it, my parents and sister work in the care sector. As the creative one I always thought expressivity and giving care could not go together, but as it turns out it definitely can.


What is well-being for you? How does it reflect in your work?

I like to do activities or studies that are good for my own well-being and make me understand health better. They inspire me and embody my drive to start a project. With this drive I try to create something in dialogue with others that can contribute to the feeling of well-being of this particular group of people.


Well-being is Human Centered. How to reach people and connect?

Just listening has proved itself to be a great tool to connect, I think people are quite happy to share their experiences with somebody they trust but do not know very well. Translating stories into something visual makes it easy for people to react on it and connect with it.


How do you explain to your family what your doing?

I tell them that I work in a team with researchers and designers, we talk to patients, their family, friends and health givers, to find out what it is they need, and design something together with them to add quality to their life.

When talking about design what do you want to be associated with?

What kind of media are you working with?

Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Indesign, hand drawings, stop-motion & fast prototyping.


What type of assignment do you feel comfortable with?

I am quite comfortable to start with a vague briefing, I think it is great to start from the bottom and do some vision creating work as well. This way my projects arise from a need that comes from outside (the brief), and a need that comes from me. If a brief is only trying to answer a need from outside (politics/social worker) or only a need from inside (art) I would not like to work on it. For me it is in the connection of these two drives that adds true quality and sustainability to the project.



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