School Dentist Service Rütli Campus

service design, spatial design, animation

2018 – 2019, student assistant job


For most people, it is not a positive experience to visit the dentist. Especially children are afraid of this. Once a year school groups go to the school dentist service to get a check-up. Designers can’t change the fact that humans don’t enjoy the dentist visit but good design can still affect the experience. It is possible to give the patients a warm reception in the waiting room and examination room as well as an informative visit without fear through thoughtful design.


The HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences started a research project to prove this. The small team consisted of 6 women: two students, two project managers, one service designer, and one interior designer. Our mission was to make administration to look and feel good. 
The first rooms were renovated just recently and the final moving will happen in autumn 2019.

01 research – orientation and wayfinding

02 research

03 research – understanding process of the dentist visit


My task in this research project was mainly developing a concept for the interior design and helping with the implementation of the designs for the school dentist service in Berlin Neukölln. I was also creating educational materials such as small animations for the teaching unit and an exhibition about sugar. I also designed stickers which show the correct tooth brushing technique for children. These could go on the mirror in the bathroom and then support the children.

04 old waiting room with old interior

05 best practice example – oxleas children’s development centre by boex

06 illustrations by sophia ulbrich

07 illustrations by sophia ulbrich

08 character illustration by sophia ulbrich

09 interior design – walls

10 interior design – final waiting room

11 interior design – final waiting room with wardrobe

12 interior design – waiting room with exhibition about sugar 

13 exhibition about sugar – detail

14 teeth brushing room

15 teeth brushing room

16 hallway

17 view from hallway into waiting room

18 sticker tooth brushing method

19 animations for teaching unit