Art Center Summit 2010: Projects & Partnerships in Sustainable Design

Bryce Butcher

Product Design 2010

It was while studying at Art Center that Bryce Butcher found a growing appreciation for sustainable design with an interest in helping others, especially in the medical world. This focus began after participating in an exchange with Caltech during which she traveled to Guatemala and designed her first winning team project which focused on sustainability, empowerment, and well-being of end users. She also attended a summit at MIT in the 2008 where she further developed this interest and continues to apply this to the work she developed throughout her time at Art Center.


SNAP Diagnostic System


Art Center Student Gallery

Product Description

SNAP is a sustainable medical device which transforms blood into DNA without the need for electricity or any formal medical expertise. SNAP provides a way to properly prepare for tests based on nucleic acids (blood, urine, saliva) within rural villages where the patient may live.

SNAP not only reduces costs and transportation, but also promotes behavioral change in patients who now can be diagnosed sooner. It also allows for faster results and treatment. SNAP is fail-safe, robust and low-cost, and has a short processing time (15–30 minutes to distil blood into DNA). It’s easy to use and uses materials that are FDA-approved for the medical industry.

Sustainable Goals & Strategies

Energy reduction is achieved by incorporating a built-in bike pump, reducing the need for electrical access during usage of the device. This solution also reduces the need for transportation for potential patients. Not only are the amounts of materials used minimized through efficient design, but local sourcing for the materials and manufacturing was established to minimize the overall impact of the product.