Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Moments in Irish Design History

Irish Design printing blocks, image via ID2015

All this recent talk of Irish design thanks to Irish Design 2015 (from places other than this blog, cos obviously I Like Local is always banging on about Irish design...) has got me thinking about Irish design history. Collected below is nothing comprehensive and doesn't even stretch back that far (I'm useless at knowing anything that happened before the 20th century, in this field or in any other) but it's a selection of 10 important things that have happened to help make Irish design what it is today. And speaking of today, what better time to share this than St. Patrick's Day! Have I missed something? Probably, so tell me!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Man with the Plan

Irish Design 2015 - Make Design Matter

This article first appeared in Image Interiors & Living, January/February 2015

Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a year-long exploration and celebration of design all across Ireland and abroad, has just kicked off. Initiated by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland along with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland, it promises to be an exciting year with plenty to see, do and take part in, no matter where you are. I caught up with the man at the helm, Programme Director Alex Milton, to see just what's in store...

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Contemporary V&A

The second of two recent essay hand-ins, this one takes a look at the contemporary programme at the Victoria & Albert Museum, focussing in on its offering of temporary exhibitions and events that present contemporary art and design. I think that the V&A's contemporary programme is great and its content is really well curated, but for me that's not the whole story. The V&A contemporary programme's success lies as much in its content as it does in its timing, placement and price. The contemporary programme is as accessible as it is well curated, and that's what makes it so good...

Friday, 6 February 2015

Designing Disruption / Disruptive Design

Disobedient Objects at the V&A

I've recently handed in two essays for my masters, and here's a shortened version of one of them. I decided to take a look at two quite different exhibitions in London - the just closed Disobedient Objects at the V&A and Designers in Residence 2014 at the Design Museum - to compare how each revealed the relationship between design and disruption, in ways not always intended.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Here's the Heads Up #24

Growing Closer exhibition and events at NCAD Gallery

DO DESIGN THINGS! NOW!! Here you go, the latest Heads Up about design and architecture events and exhibitions both at home in Ireland and here in London. As usual, these are things happening now, soon, or finishing imminently, so get your skates on...