Dublin #Pride2016 in Pictures!

What a great day in Dublin on Saturday 25th June. The streets were alive with colour and good vibes. I was lucky enough to be involved in designing the float for the Gay Switchboard Ireland. And with a merry band of helpers we got the duck (thanks ot Viking Splash Tours) covered in a sea of balloons & banners!
The streets were lined with well wishers form across the country & even Mr. Larkin got into a few pics! Great to see such positivity in the in city! See can you spot yourself in the crowds!

Creative Confidence from @IDEO (Tom & David Kelley) #OneBookPerMonth

 Isbn 978-0-00813938-4

Isbn 978-0-00813938-4

While many of you I know are avid readers sometimes with work commitments I can go several weeks without the company of a good book. While not a fan of the NY resolution, and since reading about Mark zuckerbergs resolution last year - to read a book every two weeks- I have decided to join re ranks in the hope that the commitment will ensure I carve out time in my day for my favorite pastime. Reading! 

I am however being less ambitious and am looking to read a new book per month and am very happy to take suggestions, chat about the book without starting a book club (which has never had much appeal to me).  

So my kick off for the year was the best seller Creative Confidence by the founders of IDEO Tom and David Kelley. 

I have long since known of the work they have done with the d.school and their innovation workshops. However I had yet to read any of their books.  

The book takes you on a journey to explain, develop, challenge and ultimately aims that you engage in all/any persuits with creative confidence. This is delivered through a series of brief case studies from their clients that read more like annecdotes.  

While having a good grasp of design thinking through teaching and practice, I found some of the tools on the book made me think about iterating my approach. I think that a book that makes you reevaluate or improve is a must-read for all professionals. Not just designers. Some of the points are of course preaching to the choir !! but the audience for the book is, in my opinion Non-designers. That being said, an interesting read that has sparked lots of ideas for my growing list of personal projects! 

Please feel free to comment or suggest a book for Feb.  

New Voices #exhibition opeing tonight @CFCP @DublinDesign @CultureNight

Come tonight to the opening of the New Voices exhibition in partnership with Dublin Institute of Design, 45 Kildare Street. The college plays host to 12 new artists and their imaginative collection.

This is the 3rd in the Series from the Centre for Creative Practices and having seen the theme I was delighted to be able to (obviously with the permission of our very generous Director)  open our doors at DID to this exhibition.

The artists are as follows:

Amanda Jane Graham - “ Warriors one in Three”
Chelsea Canavan - “Interactions with Technology” 
Dr. Katherine Nolan – “For Fight the Rising”
Leanne McLaughlin - “We are all blown-in”
Sarah Bracken – “Letterbox Dublin” 
Kasia Zimnoch and Pawel Kleszczewski - “Painting Atoms”
Michael Geddis - “Between Arts and Science”
Dr. Katherine Nolan – “Empathy with the Flesh”
Diarmuid Corkery - “Going Solo”
Justyna Gruszczyk - “A Special Olfactory Composition” 
Vukasin Nedeljkovic - “Asylum Archive” 

Performances by:
Dorone Paris - “For Utopia”
La Cosa Preciosa & Rachel Ni Chuinn – “Mean Time”
Dr. Katherine Nolan – “Today’s Public Secret Is That Everyone Is Anxious” (includes nudity)

The exhibition runs from tonight 10th-22nd

10th: 6-9pm wine reception & performances
18th: Culture night 5-11pm
Normal Opening Hours : Mon-Fri 10-4pm

 


The Artists' Panel Branding for @DubCityCouncil

Check out the latest branding work completed for Oonagh Young @DesignHQ.

  One of the core functions of the Artists' Panel is to provide funding for visual arts projects. They needed a strong brand to represent their activities and one that could be applied throughout their various literature (application forms & terms of service etc)     The solution was to use the characters 'A' and 'P' and to interconnect them to show the unity between what they do and the connection to the artist. The strong mono-line using rounded terminals is offset against the beautiful sans serif underneath. A paperclip was also made for the brand collateral.      The rest of the project can be seen here!

One of the core functions of the Artists' Panel is to provide funding for visual arts projects. They needed a strong brand to represent their activities and one that could be applied throughout their various literature (application forms & terms of service etc) 

The solution was to use the characters 'A' and 'P' and to interconnect them to show the unity between what they do and the connection to the artist. The strong mono-line using rounded terminals is offset against the beautiful sans serif underneath. A paperclip was also made for the brand collateral.  

The rest of the project can be seen here!




End of Year #StudentExhibition @ColDhulaigh 20th April

My wonderfully creative Graphic Design students are having an exhibition of their years work in Colaiste Dhulaigh, Coolock Campus on 20th April from 7.30. There will be wine and nibbles and the Photography Students will be exhibiting their work too.

The students have completed 2 Level 5 Fetac Modules (Graphic Design & Image Processing) in just 18 short weeks! Also on display are the Level 5 & 6 Photography students work.

Come join in the fun and talk to the students. Open invitation to all. More information about the course available on the night or by clicking here

*** The poster design & website branding for the event was completed by 2 students on the course: Alessandra Ravida & Hubert Bzymek ***