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Category Winner

2020

Big Life Fix

STUDIO / DESIGNER

Big Life Fix

Trevor Vaugh, Lorna Ross, David McKeown, Chiara Cavarra, Niamh Stockil, Shane Phelan, James Carrigan, John O'Donnell

www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/1117943-big-life-fix/

CATEGORY

Collaborative Design

Special Awards

CONTRIBUTORS

Mairead Whelan (Series Producer); Matt Leigh (Series Director); Damien McDonnell (Editor); Michelle O’Brien (Producer); Gráinne Ní Fhiannachta (Producer); Darren Smith (Executive producer); Colm O’Callaghan (Executive producer for RTE); Audrey Farrell (Head of Production); Lisa McCabe (Production Manager); Kate O’Dwyer (Casting); Amy Huberman (Narrator); Science foundation Ireland (Series Sponsor)

Collaborative Design

The Big life Fix was a six part documentary series aired on RTE 1 in the Autumn 2019 season. This project was hugely ambitious and had collaboration at its heart. Firstly, at a macro level, the series saw RTE, Kite Entertainment and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) work together to commission, produce, fund and bring the series to life. Next, Kite partnered with a number of health focused charities from across Ireland to identify and select 12 suitable participants that would share their stories and take part as co-creators in the design projects. Kite then assembled a team of ‘fixers’ from the fields of design, engineering and computer science, from across Ireland, to work together through a design process, in order to tackle the participants challenges and identify ways of making some part of their lives easier. Finally, each of the ‘fixers’, in their specific projects, partnered and worked closely with various experts and companies (Accenture, Marino Software, Yvolution sports and Design partners etc.) to inform the projects and help bring them to fruition. Without this highly effective and purpose-driven collaboration, the series or the individual projects would not have succeeded and would not have had the impact they achieved.

This series sought to tackle 12 highly complex design challenges over a one year period, which was an ambitious challenge in its own right. In addition to this, the progeress of 12 projects had to be captured on camera and there was a tight fimiming cutoff deadline.

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An exemplary project demonstrating the collaborative process and value of design in solving the ‘wicked’ personal and societal problems we face

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