Travel should be free of avoidable stresses, so that curiosity and adventure can take over.


The T1 Traveler is ease of mind

A holistic system design for type 1 diabetics on the go: a life-style travel case with temperature-controlled insulin capsule, tessellated package redesign, redesigned Medtronic packaging (for user friendliness), and a companion app.


This project was inspired by seeing a friend with type 1 diabetes struggle to pack for a long trip abroad; we noticed that the friend took an entire additional backpack for his diabetes supplies only. The T1 Traveler won a Gray Magazine Design Award in 2018.

Industrial Design Junior Studio

Spring 2018 | 9.5 weeks

Collaborative project by Grace Budgett, Perry Burke, and Andie Neibling

Winner of the 2018 GRAY Magazine Design Award: Student Category

My role: research, initial and final ideation, prototyping, final model construction, material choices and sourcing, visual branding, final model photography, app design and prototyping, package design and construction.

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- traveler lifestyle case

- temperature-controlled insulin capsule

- Medtronic packaging redesign

- tessellated supply packaging

Product System

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- user on-boarding

- supply calculator

- packing checklist

- pharmacy locator

- GPS locator

Companion App


Case Design

Objective: to design a protective case with a temp-controlled capsule for insulin that integrates with the objects people already have.

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75% more space,
to pack more things that matter.

The T1 Traveler case consolidates, protects & tracks supplies that are essential to life, while making room for additional meaningful items.

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Insulin Capsule fits 3 vials of insulin safely. Internal padding and vacuum-insulated container gives the best seats to the star of the show.


Packaging Redesign

Objective: provide a user-friendly redesign of Medtronic's packaging, so that supplies fit together more efficiently & beautifully.

Existing Products & Research

We visited a medical product sterilization facility to understand the parameters around sterilized blister packs.

The existing products are odd shapes with no correlation to each other, but they are effective in keeping the supplies sterilized.

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Blister Pack Generation & Dimensional Analysis

Blister packs were vacuum-formed over MDF molds using HDPE.

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Companion App

Objective: pair the product system with a user-friendly app that helps the user to pack in the most efficient way possible.

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User Packing Experience

The most important function of the app is the packing assistant. This assisted process helps to calculate the amount of supplies the user should bring with them - taking into account the need for extra supplies.


The pharmacy locator helps the user feel more comfortable going to foreign cities with the knowledge that emergency supplies can be replenished at the local pharmacies. 

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