Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards

Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards 2020

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) is proud to continue its partnership with the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and honour Irish designers who are applying a Universal Design approach in their designs and designing for all people.

Each year we award a design entry to The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards that has applied a Universal Design approach.

The IDI Awards 2020 Ceremony took place on the 4 November 2020. The winner of the Universal Design Category, chosen from 50 unique entries, was Nokia Bell Labs, for its design of an interactive stall at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, for its design of an interactive stall at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

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Nokia Bell Labs interactive stall at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition ©Nokia Bell Labs, courtesy of Ross Dowd, Industrial Design Lead of project

Nokia Bell Labs’s interactive stall was designed to be accessed and used by people with a wide range of characteristics. It was a worthy winner of this year’s Universal Design Category as the team involved, and the designed stall, addressed age, size, ability and disability to design a fun, interactive and informative stall.

Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards 2018

The winner of the Universal Design IDI Award 2018 was Una Healy Design

Pictured above from left to right:  Dr Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design,  Áine Higgins Ní Chinnéide, Standards Officer Centre for Excellence in Universal Design and Una Healy, Creative Director, Una Healy Design 

The 20th IDI Irish Design Awards event took place on 24 January 2019 at CHQ in Dublin.

CEUD is proud to continue its partnership with the IDI and honour Irish designers who are creating Universal Designs. CEUD reviewed 67 unique entries and identified one overall winner and two that it highly commends

IDI Universal Design Awards 2018 Winner

IDI Universal Design Awards 2018 Winner

Getting the Messages – Dementia Inclusive Shopping

The winner of the Universal Design IDI Award 2018 was Una Healy Design for its branding design Getting the Messages – Dementia Inclusive Shopping. The design was developed to support persons with dementia to shop in their local communities.

CEUD awarded this design because it facilitates a better shopping experience for all users, including those with reduced cognitive function and the first-time user. The design process demonstrated the application of Universal Design principles through the incorporation of guidelines around colour contrast and presentation of information, the consideration of the different ways in which people perceive information, and the direct consultation with users.

IDI Universal Design Awards 2018 Highly Commended

Two entries were highly commended by CEUD for their implementation of the Principles of Universal Design.

Juku Packaging

IDI Universal Design Awards 2018 Highly Commended

Dolmen Design was highly commended for its design of Juku Packaging, packaging for charging and connectivity accessories for smart devices.

CEUD considers this a great example of Universal Design and of its economic value. Importantly, the design process involved identifying the desires and needs of the user through Voice of the Customer (VOC) research. The distinctive and appealing design aligns with the Principles of Universal Design, with clear and simple presentation of information, in different formats. The design’s positive impact on turnover is evidence of its appeal to a wide range of users.

Our Lady’s Hospice

IDI Universal Design Awards 2018 Highly Commended

Reddy Architecture + Urbanism was highly commended for its design of a new palliative care unit at Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin.

IDI Universal Design Awards 2018 Highly Commended new palliative care unit at Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin

CEUD considers this a sensitive and inviting design that reflects consideration of the residents and their families and loved ones as well as functional requirements. The application of a Universal Design approach is evident throughout the design, from the building layout to lighting and wayfinding details.