Monday, 15 December 2014

The Nutella Drinking Glass

A Nutella drinking glass

Recently in one of the classes I've been taking as part of my MA in Curating Contemporary Design I had to give a short presentation analysing an object. Any object at all. And while there are billions of objects in the world, and at least tens of thousands of brilliant ones, I came back to an old favourite. The Nutella drinking glass is one of the simplest but most clever things you'll find on a supermarket shelf anywhere in the world, and here's why.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide...ish

Nordic pattern Christmas Card, available from

I had thought of doing this last year, then life (or laziness) conspired against me and it didn't happen. So I thought I'd make an extra effort to get in gear this Christmas season and started doing some research into things for you and me to buy for him, her, them and everyone else... But then I thought that there are probably plenty of blogs and magazines and online shops listing gifts for different categories of people and presents at various price points, and would I be able to contribute much to the 'BUY THESE OBJECTS NOW!' conversation? I'm not so sure, so here's something slightly different:

Monday, 1 December 2014

Here's the Heads Up #24

Work by NATALIEBCOLEMAN as part of Second Skin

'Tis the season to shop, eat, drink, be merry and shop. If you need a reprive from any and all of those, here are some cultural palette cleansers in Ireland and London worth catching before the end of 2014...

Monday, 27 October 2014

Creativity Hits the Classroom

My Architecture Design Journal by the Irish Architecture Foundation

This article first appeared in Image Interiors & Living, September/October 2014

It's hard to argue that those with a creative streak benefit from arts education, but there's an increasing argument in favour of exposing everyone to art, design and creative processes, regardless of their ability or career aspirations. Being informed about how and why all the things that surround us are the way they are, and being able to apply creative thinking to a myriad of tasks is of benefit to everyone, and two organisations are working hard to expose young Irish people to design, architecture and plain old creativity.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Here's the Heads Up #23

Describing Architecture at the City Assembly House, image by Orla Murphy

Here's the latest Heads Up on exhibitions and designy deadlines in Ireland and London. The emphasis is on what's coming up or ending soon to serve as a reminder - to me as much as to you guys - to catch things while we can...