What is legibility and distinctiveness in design?

This week we want to find out more about legibility and distinctiveness in design. In this episode of Ageing Unlocked, Stewart Dean, principal at Marchese Partner’s, talks about all things movement. He discusses how queues and building materials can be used to help future Guild Living members.

What is legibility and distinctiveness in design?

Legibility and distinctiveness as a design principle talks about how people move around a building.

Some buildings can be quite large and quite intimidating so being able to move around – if you have some kind of minor cognitive impairment being able to find your way from your front door, to the lift, downstairs to the restaurant and you can do this quickly and safely is key to ensure people move out of their apartments.

The way we do this is through design queues. We use different materials, we lower ceilings, we have different lighting around the lifts so they can immediately pick this up.  Around the front doors, in particular, we have recesses so every single front door doesn’t look exactly the same which is extremely important if you are 85 and there are 15 front doors in front of you.

Stewart has been part of the Marchese team for over 17 years. During this time Stewart has worked in the Sydney office and was the Principal of the Brisbane office and has been instrumental in the growth of the senior living brand for Marchese Partners.

Through his experience in Australia working on landmark later living projects, Stewart has gained an innate understanding of the sector and how well-considered design can positively affect and influence the residents, to live more fulfilling active, happy lives. Stewart has been involved with steering committees at a number of later living developments in Australia and is committed to bettering the lives of the residents with this resident first attitude.

Stewart brings this experience into leading the London Studio to deliver the unique Guild Living offering.