Ailish Delaney
Design+ Gateway Manager
 +353 (0)59 917 5228

Design and Applied Design Technology Gateway - Carlow

The Design+ Gateway applies industrial design capabilities for companies from the engineering, ICT & software and bio-lifescience sectors based in the midlands, southeast and nationally. Approaching a product or service with the user in mind is key to successful product development. During the development process, Design+ use end-user insights to make informed decisions that drive strategic and tactical progress. The greater the meaning of the final experience, the greater the authenticity and level of user engagement – regardless of the product, service or system being designed. This is very important in engaging the user and building a positive experience.

Prototyping is key to building knowledge in the product development process. It enables proof and reasoning of decision making and the identification of possible issues in early-stage development, enabling critical elimination of tooling and production costs or errors.  Through the analytical evaluation of prototypes, Design+ are enabled to develop the design for assembly and manufacturing making significant savings for a company. Design+ can also introduce the user at this early stage to review interaction and ergonomics and test the fundamental intent of the project – adding valuable insight to a project.


  • Engineering: prototype design and scale to manufacture

  • ICT & software: integration of user experience and interface design

  • Bio lifesciences: product design orientated around end-user needs

Find out more about the Technology Gateways Programme.