Homes for Smart Ageing Design Challenge

Project: Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
The brief:

  • to edit, collate and create engaging content that captures the story of Homes for Smart Ageing Design Challenge

  • to create identity of the legacy book that aligns with brand guidelines

  • to design, manage and produce the book


    Design legacy book that meets brand guidelines of Rebuilding Ireland and accessibility requirements

    Create digital version of the legacy book optimised for on-screen reading

    Collection and collation of design challange entries

    Project management and overseeing production of the book form conception to print stage and delivery


    In 2017 Rebuilding Ireland, Department of Housing, Community and Local Government and Centre for Excellence in Universal Design ran a design challenge with an aim to bring new ideas to a housing industry in Ireland. Over sixty respondents presented solutions with potential to stimulate the design and construction industries to be innovative in designing and delivering housing solutions for older people. 


    The success of the project saw the need to capture the story of the challenge and to present the solutions to leaders in design and entrepreneurial industries. Resulting task of designing the legacy book was entrusted to ALHAUS where bespoke team of writers, editors, project managers and designers was able to take the whole project from initial concept and turn it into a finished product. 


    This complex and multi-stage project involved liaison with multiple organisations, meeting cross-departmental deliverables and collating large amounts of data while ensuring vibrant design that captures the story and presents information in an engaging way. Carefully applied design thinking, typography and grid system allowed ALHAUS to keep accessibility standards while retaining brand guidelines and visual goals requested. User-first approach, research and product testing resulted in beautiful and unique publication that has a quality feel and is easy to open and handle



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