Monday, 25 July 2016

Design in Dublin #3: DCC Beta

Rainbox planter trial by Dublin City Council Beta

Welcome to part #3 of my Design in Dublin series, looking at the work of Dublin City Council Beta as civic design. This follows on from parts #1 and #2, and stay tuned for the fourth and final part. Design in Dublin is published in full in Iterations issue 3, an Irish design journal available from the IDI.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Design in Dublin #2: Framework

A Hidden Rooms workshop hosted by Dublin City Council and PIvot Dublin in 2014

Following on from part #1, which looked at the Dublin Honey Project as an example of agile design in Dublin, here is part #2 of my series of posts on Design in Dublin, this time looking at some of the work being done by Dublin City Council which I class as being responsive design. Design in Dublin is also published in full in Iterations issue 3, available from the IDI.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Design in Dublin #1: Dublin Honey Project

Work by Maser, image by Nathalie Marquez Courtney

To round off my studies in Curating Contemporary Design last year I undertook some research into (surprise, surprise) contemporary Irish design. More specifically, I looked at design in urban settings in Ireland, as I was getting a little frustrated at just how often Irish design was presented as being rural in exhibitions at home and abroad (you can read some of that research in a three-part series here on I Like Local called Design, Exhibitions and Irish Identity). As my research into contemporary Irish design in urban settings progressed, I honed in on Dublin, and began to see some patterns emerge. I documented these in an essay which I'm sharing here now, in four parts. You can also read this essay - in full - in the third edition of Irish design journal Iterations, which is available to buy through the Institute of Designers in Ireland. Without further ado...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Irish Degree Shows 2016

IT Carlow Product Design Innovation degree show 2015

Here we go, I Like Local's annual Irish degree show listings! Things are kicking off a little earlier this year in order to make sure spring shows like Burren College of Art and IADT's technology showcase are included, but keep your eyes peeled on this post as degree show season continues. I will update it as I get more information on shows all over the country, so what's starting off as 14 listings is bound to grow and grow... Is your show one of the missing ones? Then tell me! You can reach me by email or on Twitter. So without further ado, here is your guide to finding new Irish design talent this year. Let's go!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Copenhagen Cool

An illustrated map of Copenhagen by Philip Kennedy

Shortly after arriving in Copenhagen, I was commissioned by Image Interiors & Living to write a guide to buying design in the Danish capital. Here's a fairly comprehensive list of places to find contemporary, classic and vintage design in a city made for interiors shopping, along with an amazing illustrated map by fellow CPH resident Philip Kennedy (above, click to enlarge). If you find yourself in Copenhagen, happy shopping!