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Mar012011

Healing graphics

Digitally printed fabrics in health care settings create soothing surroundings that aid the healing process.

Design by Curvwork for Coastal Women's Healthcare.
Produced by Transformit, dye sub printed on FisherTextiles fabric, done by Portland Color. Roland SJ1045 onto Beaver Papers Texprint paper, US Sublimation aqueous inks, Practix OK130 transfer press. Photo: Transformit/Shoshannah White.

Fabric Graphics | January 2011

As Florence Nightingale recognized and environmental psychology studies have borne out, people feel better in aesthetically pleasing settings than when surrounded by a flat, featureless background.

That’s a particularly important concept for hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities where patients and visitors are ill and anxious before they walk in the door. Thanks to increasing focus on “patient-centered care,” the health care industry has begun embracing the use of digitally printed fabrics to enhance public areas, counter feelings of stress and fear, guide visitors through their buildings and even tell their stories.

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