Gertner Institute - Portions Icons
The Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit at the Gertner Institute - a national research center for the study of epidemiology and health policy in Israel, (Sheba Medical Center), has developed an adaptable software tool for personalized lifestyle counseling (Interactive Lifestyle Assessment, Counseling and Education [I-ACE]). For the current project, it was customized to support dietitians caring for diabetic patients within the Arab community in Israel. In addition to the software tools, it provides practical educational and self-management materials for patients with varying levels of literacy.
In addition to the software tools, it provides practical educational and self-management materials for patients with varying levels of literacy.
The software enables the dietitian to give the patient personalized guidance on healthy lifestyle behaviors (diet and physical activity), and to follow the patient’s treatment progress, using photos, visual representation, a system of graphic icons representing quantities and sizes of food portions, and printed leaflets.
The software design items included icons representing quantities and sizes of food portions, the creation of a homogenous and consistent "library" of images of food and Arab Cuisine dishes, as well as a system of icons for various food groups.
The icon design demanded the creation of a consistent line of graphics, maintaining simplicity and minimalism, and avoiding complex illustration.
The result is a homogeneous system of tools that is colorful, clean and, above all, easy to understand.