Designing Instructional Graphics for Surgical Education

D. Roy (Japan)


Graphics, procedures, design, surgical, instructions.


Designing surgical procedural instruction is complicated. Instructional designers must recognize that designing for spatial locations in surgical acts are much more intricate and complicated than designing maps for mechanical systems or geographical boundaries. The complexity is owing to the need to create very accurate and precise spatial affordances for surgeons to operate or patients to understand the surgical process, the price of a mistake revolving around human life. This article has reported a design study where findings suggest that spatial affordance through text support is often insufficient and suggested several pre-design and design recommendations for medical illustrators and designers.

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