World Industrial Design Day

World Industrial Design Day, an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), is observed annually on 29 June in recognition of the profession of industrial design.

World Industrial Design Day was established to promote awareness of the profession of industrial design, highlight the contribution designers and academics have made to the discipline and facilitate collaborations that help improve economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life throughout the world.

World Industrial Design Day 2013
“Industrial design is open” has been announced as the 2013 World Industrial Design Day theme. To celebrate, Icsid invites participants to explore ways in which industrial design is open and accessible to all.

There are many ways to celebrate World Industrial Design Day; events such as sustainability workshops, exhibitions, international symposiums on socially responsible design, webcasts, free admission to museums to name but a few. Share your plans for World Industrial Design Day with Icsid on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #widd

The Illustrated Beatles

An exhibition of Beatle-inspired works by 42 leading Irish illustrators

Illustrators Ireland and The Grand Social present an exhibition of artwork inspired by The Beatles. October 23rd 2012.  Creatives, art directors & broadcasters chose their favourite Beatles song. Songs were then allocated to Illustrators Ireland members … who used it as a starting point to influence or inspire a piece of artwork.

The collection of illustrations will be shown at an art event which will be held 23rd October 2012 in The Grand Social Club, 35 Lower Liffey Street.

Global Design Forum … one day to set the global agenda for design

The organisers are calling it “A creative platform for presenting and debating important and controversial ideas, both on and off the stage” Tuesday 18th September 2012 is the date of the inaugural Global Design Forum, taking place at the spectacular Central Saint Martin’s campus in King’s Cross, London.

The Forum “will be the design calendar’s most enlightening and intensive one-day conference” according to organisers, bringing together the brightest industry leaders, thinkers and makers from around the world. The event is being curated and delivered by the London Design Festival team.

The purpose of the Forum is to demonstrate design’s role in creating a more sustainable and prosperous future. The forum will bring together an alliance of organisations and talents – “from the most dynamic start-ups to the world’s most successful brands”; from key public sector figures to the most innovative design studios; from social entrepreneurs to cultural pacesetters – “to not just exchange ideas but to set the agenda for design’s impact on our world”.

The Global Design Forum takes place during London Design Festival 2012 “We stay ahead by being different and more relevant each year” says Ben Evans, the festival’s director.

No Talk, All Action – Launch a Startup in 54 hours at Startup Weekend Dublin (2nd to 4th of March 2012)

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

You can register here.

more info on Startup Weekend (which is an international organization)

IxDA’s Big Deal in Dublin

“Interaction design is a systematic and iterative process for designing highly interactive user interfaces. Methodology includes research and discovery techniques such as requirements analysis, stakeholder analysis, task analysis, as well as prototyping, inspection and evaluation methods” … or “The process of creating an interface for the user to engage with a site or application’s functionality and content.” There are plenty of other definitions of Interaction Design (and many misunderstandings too).

The Interaction Design Association [IxDA] is a global network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. IxDA is a novel kind of “un-organization” in that there is no cost for membership – IxDA relies on its passionate members to help serve the needs of the international Interaction Design community. With more than 15,000 members and over 80 local groups around the world, the IxDA network actively focuses on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter their level of experience.

Every year, IxDA gathers the interaction design community to stretch minds, sharpen skills, and inspire each other. Interaction ’11 will be held in Boulder, Colorado, from February 9-12, 2011. Confirmed keynote speakers include Brenda Laurel, Jason Bruges, Richard Buchanan, Erik Hersman, and Bruce Sterling.

The big news is that the 2012 IxDA conference will take place in Dublin – thanks to the efforts of Séamus Byrne, Ben Arent and IxDA Dublin. The international IxDA Board of Directors selected Dublin as the location for the Interaction 12 Conference – honouring Dublin with the designation of first European IxDA host city.

The Dublin presentation team beat off rival bids from Berlin, Delft, Helsinki and Paris.

Seamus Byrne says: “Our local IxDA group is a vibrant and thriving community that has helped Interaction Design take centre-stage as an important and relevant discipline here in Dublin. It is clear our industry will play a vital role in Dublin’s current evolution from capital city of a knowledge economy to a global hub for research, design and development.”

“Our proximity to both North America and Europe has graced our monthly events with excellent international speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. Now, we are delighted to have the opportunity to bestow a thousand million welcomes from Dublin to the global IxDA community.”

Busy time for Creatives / Innovators / Designers

This autumn is going to be a busy time with a number of significant events taking place in Dublin and nationally …

1. Association Typographique Internationale – AtypI
ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) is the premier worldwide organisation dedicated to type and typography. Founded in 1957, ATypI provides the structure for communication, information and action amongst the international type community.
‘The Word’ International Conference
Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 September 2010

2. Offset 2010
One of Ireland’s premiere creative festivals, OFFSET returns to Dublin this October, running from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd 2010, drawing the very best of Irish and international talent to the city. This year the organisers are moving venue to the amazing Daniel Libeskind designed Grand Canal Theatre in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands for what is shaping up to be a fantastic three days of presentations, lectures, debate and inspiration from some of the leading creatives from Ireland and around the world.
Friday 1 to Sunday 3 October 2010

3. Design Week
Design Week 2010. From November 1st to 7th Design Week will be a week long celebration of Irish and international design. The main purpose is to highlight the important contribution good design makes to the cultural and economic life of Ireland through fostering a reputation for creative excellence and innovation.
Monday 1 to Sunday 7 November

4. Science Week
The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, engineering and technology in our everyday lives and to demonstrate the importance of these disciplines to the future development of Irish society and to the economy.
Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 November

5. Innovation Dublin
Innovation Dublin is an annual festival that promotes and celebrates innovation in the city.
Wednesday 10 to Sunday 21 November

OFFSET2010 Line Up announced

A line-up of exceptional speakers has been announced for OFFSET2010. The event will take place over 3 Days in 2 ‘Synchronised rooms of Inspiration featuring the best creative talent in the world’…

Speakers include:

Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook (Unit Editions) – Graphic Designers / Publishers

Aiden Grennelle (Image Now) – Graphic Designer

Alan Clarke – Illustrator

Celestine Cooney – Fashion Stylist

Daniel Eatock – Artist

David Carson – Graphic Designer

David O’Reilly – Animator

Emily Forgot – Illustrator

Espo (Steve Powers) – Urban Artist

Gary Baseman – Subversive Artist

Linda Brownlee – Photographer

Lance Wyman – Design Legend

M&E – Graphic Designers

Mark Farrow – Graphic Designer

Martin Haake – Illustrator

Nate Williams – Illustrator

Poke London – Advertising Agency

Scott Dadich (Wired Magazine) – Graphic Designer

Stephen Heller – Art Director/Author

Philip Hunt (Studio AKA) – Animator

Tomer Hanuka – Illustrator

Wooster Collective – Street Art Bloggers

Zach Gold – Photographer

OFFSET2010 –  3 day creative conference running from Friday 1st October – Sunday 3rd October at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin’s Docklands
Tickets are available to purchase at the OFFSET2010 Ticketmaster Event page.

ICAD AGM takes place June 17th

The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design [ICAD] was established in 1958. It is one of Europe’s oldest Creative Industry organisations – the vastly more famous and hugely resourced UK equivalent D&AD is four years ICAD’s junior. ICAD’s mission is ‘to foster, promote and reward creative excellence in Irish Advertising & Design’ and it does an excellent job!

The ICAD AGM will take place on June 17th in NCAD, 100 Thomas Street at 6pm in room 2.03, Harry Clarke House. ICAD actively encourages the participation of all ICAD members. Members can nominate other members to the board and to the position of President. Members can vote by attending the AGM or alternatively by providing a proxy, to be used by an ICAD member of their choice who is attending the event.

The nomination forms and proxies are available to all members and can be requested from Elaine McDevitt, ICAD Operations Director at – nomination and proxy forms must be returned by e-mail before 5pm on Wednesday 16th.

The outgoing board, must be congratulated on the events, publications and professional development training they have organised during the 18 months since their election.

They are: David Joyce, Language (President); Carol Soutar, Publicis QMP (Vice-President);
Chris Gore, Young Euro, RSCG; Dara Ní Bheachain; Alvin Perry, Fresh Design; Eoghan Ryan, Rocket; Iain Slater, Slater (Northern Ireland Representative).

Full details from:

Social Science in Innovation and Technology

The next ‘Innovation Interface’ – a series of talks about social science, design and innovation – takes place next Thursday, 3rd June at 6.30pm at The Science Gallery on Pearse Street, Dublin.

Speaker at the event is Nina Wakeford, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the use of social science in innovation and technology development, she is a Reader in Sociology and an ESRC Research Fellow 2007-2010 at Goldsmiths College, University of London and founded the research group INCITE (incubator for critical inquiry into technology and ethnography) in 2001 at the University of Surrey, moving to Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2007. She edited the report Innovation through people-centred design: lessons from the USA for the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry. She has worked extensively alongside designers and engineers in industry and university settings. She is currently developing courses in Studio Sociology at MA and PhD levels. INCITE has worked with researchers with backgrounds in sociology, anthropology, design, engineering, fine art and art history.

Innovation Interface is co-organised by the Science Gallery, Simon Roberts (Intel Digital Health Group) email: and Adam Drazin (the Department of Sociology, Trinity). It is supported by Intel and Trinity Foundation. The Science Gallery is in Trinity College Dublin on Pearse Street in The Naughton Institute. Telephone: + 353 (0) 1 896 4107 or +353 (0) 1 896 4091 or

Tickets are €4 euro, available in advance and on the door.

European Design Festival in Rotterdam

Representatives from fourteen European communications design magazines form the jury at The European Design Awards during ED-Festival, which will take place 28 to 30 May 2010, in Rotterdam.

The event, ED-Festival, takes place in a different European City every year and this year consists of Exhibitions, including “Ideas from Rotterdam” which takes place in City Hall and displays products designed by local studios and an exhibition of the work of KesselsKramer at Vivid Gallery; a Design Conference; Awards Presentation; Design Walks [visiting local design studios]; lectures; workshops and a number of other events.

Rotterdam is using the ED Festival as an opportunity at which to showcase the city and its strong, enduring design culture.

Speakers from fifteen European countries will make presentations at the Conference and, in a case study format, they will discuss the brief and the solutions on a number of significant, high profile design projects. Speakers include such legendary figures as Gert Dumbar (Studio Dumbar) who was responsible for the collateral for the ED Festival itself but more significantly has been responsible for the redesign of Corporate Identities for Dutch Postal and Telecom Services (PTT), the ANWB (Dutch Automobile Association), the Dutch Railways and the Dutch Police.