Date on Senior Honors Thesis


Document Type

Senior Honors Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Author's Keywords

graphic design; design; prescription; accessibility; impairment


This thesis is a critical analyzation of the state of prescription drug packaging in the United States with respect to unresolved problems for users with visual, physical, and cognitive impairments. It begins with an anecdotal overview inspired by Deborah Adler’s journey of prescription drug packaging for her grandparents and her design solution outlined by a case study. This case study focuses on the need for better prescription packaging for those with the aforementioned and neglected issues.

This thesis uses studies in user-centered design, packaging design, and industrial design among others in order to critically assess and question the current state of user experience for those with impairments.

The latter part of the thesis argues that a universal standard would be difficult to implement due to logistical challenges of the private sector of pharmaceutical companies.

Proposal Amber Kleitz Thesis V2.pdf (37 kB)
Revision of proposal for thesis