Students from BA (Hons) Visual Communication and BA (Hons) Illustration have been announced as the winners of the second ‘Making it Happen’ 24-hour design challenge, which saw them design a new interview process and experience for home care planners.

Group E won first place with their Care South Planner Panic! app idea. The app encourages users to put themselves in the shoes of a home care planner and the challenges they face. The winning team included first-year BA (Hons) Visual Communication and BA (Hons) Illustration students Jess Jolliffe, Dan Cramer, Gabe Roberston, Holly Carter, Niamh O’Sullivan, Matt Cox and Julia Espitalier.

Summing up the judges comments on the winning idea, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at AUB, Emma Hunt, said: “[Group E had] A really good concept. We liked the way that it stretched the brief; it raised awareness, it was a really good recruitment tool as well as an interview tool. It had great design value, with a very good presentation, and great development potential as well. Design-wise, it was excellent.”

Gabe Robertson, BA (Hons) Illustration student from the winning team, told us: I really enjoyed collaborating with other courses and students. I found that having such a tight deadline caused the team to become more decisive. We also delegated various areas of the project to different people, which helped develop our idea faster. I feel our outcome answered the brief and had the potential to reach a wider audience and raise awareness for the cause.”

The challenge was launched 24 hours earlier, on Monday 27th April 2015, in collaboration with Care South — one of the leading providers of residential home care in England. Around 40 students were asked to provide ideas, concepts and design-led proposals to help home care providers select the candidate most likely to succeed as a home care planner, from a range of interviewees, based on various tests or activities. The tests need to identify lateral thinkers with good concentration and the ability to multitask. These essential skills for the role cannot be taught, meaning it is vital to identify them during the recruitment process.

The brief was delivered by Oren Lieberman (Dean of Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at AUB), Emma Hunt (Deputy Vice Chancellor at AUB) and Carolyn Collins (Director of Domiciliary Care for Care South).

Oren Lieberman, Dean of Faculty – Art, Design and Architecture, said: “These kinds of problems cannot be solved by one discipline, let alone by the industry itself. Opening it up to different disciplines within art and design allows an expanded take. It’s about seeing it from different perspectives to get a deeper understanding of the issue and, therefore, some sort of solution.”

Each team had 24 hours to work together to come up with their interview process, before presenting it to a panel of judges on Tuesday afternoon.

The winning team, as well as teams in second and third place, all received cash prizes. The project was supported by Dorset Employability and Skills Board.