Homes for Smart Ageing Design Challenge

Project: The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
The brief:

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

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

  • to design, manage and produce the book


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

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

    Collection and collation of all design challenge entries

    Project management and oversight of the book's production, from conception to print stage and delivery


    In 2017, Rebuilding Ireland, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design launched a design challenge with the aim to spark new ideas to address problems within the Irish housing industry. Over 60 respondents presented imaginative concepts with the potential to achieve communities and homes purpose-built for lifetime living.


    The success of the project meant it became imperative to capture the story of the challenge, presenting the ideas it provoked to leaders in design and entrepreneurial industries. The task of designing the legacy book was entrusted to ALHAUS, where a team of writers, editors, project managers and designers was able to transform the whole project from an initial concept into a polished finished product.



    This complex and multi-stage project involved liaising with multiple organisations, meeting cross-departmental criteria and collating large amounts of data, while ensuring that vibrant design captured the story and presented the information in an engaging way. Carefully applied design thinking, typography and a grid system allowed ALHAUS to respect accessibility standards while meeting brand guidelines and achieving visual goals. Our user-first approach, research and rigorous testing resulted in a unique and beautiful publication that exudes a sense of quality and is easy to open and handle.



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