We are Ralf Michel, Patrick Müller, and Manuel Wüst. We are the design and research team of the Institute Integrative Design at the Academy of Art and Design Basel, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, and we specialize in human-centered design in contexts of humanitarian emergency relief. We develop new tools for specific problems in humanitarian aid. With our current example SafeTool (link) we react to acute needs and integrate the work of experts from various disciplines in Switzerland and in the area of crisis in order to create efficient solutions.


Affected people in the area of use participate in the development process as well as emergency relief specialists, forensic scientists, and botanists. We also work with cutlers and industrial partners. We apply the methods of human-centered design which focus on including the most significant stakeholder groups in the realization of sustainable solutions regarding help for self-help.