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Three Design Award Wins

Design Partners celebrated an incredible evening at the IDI Awards this year with plenty of world-impacting talent on display, competing for prestigious design awards across five distinct categories. It dawned on us how important it was for our industry to celebrate and reflect on our collective hard work despite these difficult times. A clear theme throughout the awards night was how design solutions with greater impact on wellbeing, community, and environment emerged victoriously. The virtual ceremony was a huge hit, excellently executed by the IDI in a warm and collective spirit.  We are very honoured and grateful to the panel of judges for awarding three design awards to our collaborative efforts.


1. Cosmed Q-NRG

The first award went to the Cosmed Q-NRG – a critical, patient-recovery product. The Judges’ comments include: “Cosmed was an extremely elegant design solution for a medical utility that has risen in the public’s consciousness since the COVID pandemic. It answers a pre-COVID medical problem with panache and style, with a user interface that has functional simplicity.”

Many thanks to everyone who helped bring this ground-breaking solution to life including the entire COSMED – The Metabolic Company team, who ambitiously sought to set the new gold-standard in life-saving science, and the team at MeHow Medical Ireland who supported the delivery of the vision with precision and excellence.


2. Galway VentShare

The Galway VentShare also won the IDI Design award in the Healthcare & Medical category. Great recognition for an immense collaboration of volunteers who pulled together to respond to the global pandemic. We are very proud of the Galway VentShare team, led by Tim Jones and Jack Connolly, National University of Ireland, Galway alongside Dr David M Hannon and Professor John Laffey from Galway University Hospitals, Intersurgical, App Design, STERIS Healthcare, Sensirion, BioInnovate, Design Partners, Saolta, Smart Sensors Lab, Galway – Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Brandt Studios, Sharkey Consulting, Steris, and Nickolay.

Judges’ thoughts on Galway VentShare “This is a direct Design response to the challenge of treating patients in the COVID pandemic. Designers and clinicians collaborated to find a solution that could transform critical, last-resort situations across the globe using Open Source technology. Using Universal Design principles of today’s interconnected world, it was a powerful example of Design and Science working together to save the lives of many without profit.”


3. Jacinta’s Chair

Designed by the Team from Accenture The Dock, Design Partners, & Amazon, Jacinta’s chair combines the powers of AI, IoT & Design to deliver a bespoke solution to help improve everyday life in dealing with Alzheimer’s. Jacinta’s story was featured as part of the TV show Big Life Fix, which aired on Ireland’s most-watched TV station, RTÉ One. The Big Life Fix program was also awarded the winner in the ‘Design for Good’ & ‘Collaborative’ categories. Like Galway VentShare above, Jacinta’s Chair highlights the immense value of collaboration and collective effort that goes into delivering design solutions that positively impact people’s lives.

Judges’ thoughts – “Jacinta’s chair is beautifully crafted to bring joy and control to one woman’s every day life with Alzheimers. The UI and design is well executed and integrates technology softly, where a multitude of interactions such as voice and tactile keys collectively help tailor ultimate control for Jacinta. Overall a powerful project in a field rarely in focus by the Furniture or Tech industry ”


Until Next Year

Thank you Institute of Designers in Ireland for hosting an excellent virtual ceremony and for making our community feel more connected. Congratulations to all the winners as well as those shortlisted and hopefully, we can celebrate in person next year.

To read more on each of these collaborations, follow the case studies below.

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