As an individual suffering from atopic eczema for over 30 years, for my CIID thesis project, I wanted to design a tool for those who also suffer from chronic skin disorders. This will be the first time I have designed something for myself; I am both designer and user on this project.

‘Scritch’ is a patient-centric measurement system that consists of an ergonomically designed wearable device and software application that objectively measures levels of itchiness and helps those battling chronic skin disorders manage their condition. Itchiness is a subjective sensation that ranges from mild to severe depending on the individual. ‘Scritch’ collects data to analyze an individual’s itching patterns, determines how factors such as prescription medication, environmental factors and stress levels could affect symptoms and future outbreaks.