Working as a designer in the health care device industry, we deal with the issue of comorbidity—the simultaneous presence of two or more chronic diseases or conditions in a patient. This makes solving disease problems very complex as diseases are sometimes the result of multiple conditions and/or pre-existing conditions that can become increasingly dependent on each. This can lead to death.

These multiple conditions also exist in our increasingly complex design lives. Not only are comorbidities present in diseases, they are present in our continuous striving of design perfection. These conditions and dependencies can lead to the death of our design solutions.

In the case of the human version of comorbidity, the elimination or cure of one can lead to the elimination or cure of another because of the dependencies. This holds true with design work as well, if we can dissect and understand why a visual solution may not work, it’s usually a simple adjustment that can lead to a more harmonious design solution.

A cure for any disease or design solution can be complex or quite easy. Because of dependencies, a simple adjustment can be the cure for what ails you or your designs.