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9 October 2018

Business of Design Week (BoDW) speaker Leah Heiss.

Leah Weiss

Leah Heiss RMIT University Photo: Philip O'Brien

Leah Heiss is a Melbourne-based designer and RMIT University academic working at the nexus of design, health and technology. Her process is deeply collaborative and she works with experts from nanotechnology through to manufacturing. She is dedicated to the idea that design can radically improve the development of wearable health technologies.

Her projects have included: jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for diabetics; biosignal-sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease. Leah has an extensive knowledge of next-generation materials and processes and her toolkit contains shape-memory alloys, magnetic liquid, electroluminescent cable and electricity conducting textiles.

Leah has most recently designed Facett, the world’s first self-fit modular hearing aid with Blamey Saunders hears. The design process for Facett has been acquired into the Museums Victoria collection and is being exhibited in the Shared Values exhibition, part of the Melbourne Pavilion, DesignInspire exhibition during Business of Design Week 2018.

Facett won the 2018 Australian Good Design Award, the 2018 CSIRO Design Innovation Award and numerous other awards. 

Leah teaches in the RMIT Masters of Design Futures and the RMIT Interior Design (hons) program. Her teaching practice traverses embedded practice in cancer care, redesigning end-of-life experience and health sector innovation.