Leah Heiss
Saturday, 28 July 2018 to Sunday, 14 October 2018

Humanise is an exhibition focusing on the design of wearable technologies for healthcare. It features a number of unique pieces created by Melbourne-based designer Leah Heiss with collaborators from medicine, audiology and nanotechnology. The projects on display include the design process for Facett with Blamey Saunders hears; Smart Heart with Keely Macarow and Paul Beckett; and the Diabetes Jewellery project with Nanotechnology Victoria.

Leah Heiss

Leah Heiss is a Melbourne-based designer working at the nexus of design, health, and technology. Her practice traverses device, service and experience and her process is deeply collaborative, working with experts from nanotechnology, engineering and health services through to manufacturing. Her health technology projects include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin for people with diabetes; biosignal sensing emergency jewellery; and swallowable devices to detect disease. Facett, the world’s first modular hearing aid that Leah designed for Blamey Saunders hears won the 2018 Good Design Award and the 2018 CSIRO Design Innovation Award. In total Leah has won five Good Design Awards and her design work is part of the Museums Victoria heritage collection. Leah’s work has been exhibited at the Melbourne Museum, Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane and at other venues locally and globally. She teaches through RMIT’s Masters of Design Futures and the Interior Design honours program. Her teaching practice traverses embedded practice in cancer care and transdisciplinary design focused on health sector innovation. In 2018, the Facett hearing aid won the Good Design award.


Facett wins the 2018 Good Design award.

Launch of Top Designs at the Melbourne Museum.

ABC Splash film about Leah's work.

Victorian Government film about Facett.

Melbourne Knowledge Week film.

Micro-documentary about innovation process.


Image credit: Smart Heart, 2015, Leah Heiss with Keely Macarow, Paul Beckett, St. Vincent's Hospital and the Nossal Institute. Photographer: Narelle Portanier