An estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies, with over 5 million allergic to 2+ allergens.

As someone who has had food allergies their entire life, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to go out and enjoy a meal. If you don’t prepare a dish yourself, you’re putting your life in someone else’s hands.

While awareness and regulations have improved drastically in the past few decades, it can still be difficult to ensure that restaurant staff understand your medical needs and how to take proper precautions.

Allergista is my ongoing side project that aims to make life easier for people with food allergies. I put my research and interaction design skills to use to create a card that individuals with allergies can use to succinctly communicate their medical condition to restaurant staff.