In the words of Frankie Valli - Oh what a night! and in fact what a year for the most recent batch of graduates from Dublin Institute of Design. These students - mostly part time - have worked tirelessly for the last few years to deliver what I can honestly say is one of the best graduate graphic design shows in Dublin (I know I'm not biased).
The array of topics on display really show a commitment from these students to use design and their ability to enrich the fabric of society in some way. They have tackled themes like community engagement, our fair city and its hidden stories, censorship, loneliness, feminism, food waste & production, mental health & suicide to intergalactic currency! and have delivered their concepts through the lens of a social commentator trying to disrupt the status quo. The is traditional branding & typographic skills on show as standard however the level of awareness around the commerciality of these projects is high and many can go into full development mode with these projects. The group have shown an excellent awareness of and engagement with society which highlights the evolving nature of design education past the notion of only creating for consumption but towards design for social good. The exhibition is in its last few days and can still be seen at Dublin Institute of Design, 45 Kildare Street 10-4pm.
(Note: All branding for the Exhibition was completed by graduate Peter Mullen)