We talk to Bren Byrne about the (earlier than usual) return of OFFSET.
Irish born, and based in New York since 2012, Shane Griffin’s distinctive work blurs the line between fantasy and reality and has an immediate and visceral allure.
There’s more to life than books, y’know, but not much more
Outside of the focus of aficionados, awareness of type design as a standalone discipline is growing.
John Paul Dowling is a designer and educator who has recently taken the post of Head of Department: Visual Communication at the National College of Art and Design on Thomas Street. With the college year about to kick off, he shares his views on his practice, education and austerity.
“I don’t think there are many industries where the work itself keeps being reinvented and redesigned.” – Emmet Connolly, Director of Product Design at Intercom.
Stephen McCarthy is a London-based Irish graphic designer, working at Government Digital Service (GDS). Established in 2011 as part of the UK government’s Cabinet Office, GDS describes its job as nothing less than the “digital transformation of government”.
Fuchsia MacAree is one of the country’s most bankable illustrators. Her bold and bright designs have adorned everything from billboards to books and it’s this recognisable style that has led her to two of her biggest ever commissions in 2016. Soon MacAree will start seeing the fruits of her largest scale read more…
We talk to James Earley about straddling the divide between the worlds of art and design.
“The best solutions are the ones that are not created in isolation. You want to know what the big picture is”. We chat with WorkGroup design veterans Conor and David.
“People are beginning to realise more that design is an intrinsic value as opposed to something you layer on.” We speak with George Boyle, founder of the Fumbally Exchange the new head of the IDI.
Stephen Kelleher is an independent Irish designer based in Brooklyn. Kelleher decamped to the to Los Angeles in 2006 – even before the Irish economy tanked send so many to seek employment abroad – to join the then fledging studio Buck, now known as one of the premier stop-motion producers in the world.
The work of 4Creative is immediately familiar to a huge audience, though perhaps without them knowing it. As the in-house agency of British television company Channel 4, 4Creative work has been layered into British – and Irish – viewers of television entertainment for decades, developing new identities which have become instantly familiar.
This year’s iteration of Offset may have moved to a later date in the calendar than we were accustomed to, but still takes place in the familiar surrounds of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Grand Canal Square and still hosts the now to-be-expected stellar line-up form all corners of read more…
Doubtless one of the most intriguing studios to be represented at Offset 2016, Assemble are a collective whose work spills across would-be boundaries to the extent that what might be seen as a built environment project became nominated for and eventually won the Turner Prize last year.
“We have to stop thinking of ourselves as an island connected by diaspora to America, and we have to get used to travelling as a nation to export our talent”. Andrew Griffen, Urban Agency.
“We rely on people’s good will to push it beyond the assigned budget because it’s Offset, and it will be in front of an audience of their peers. In the past that has been frightening for some people – an audience of 2,500 creative professionals, all savvy about what they’re doing. It’s a challenge and we try to set it up in a way that’s fun and as enjoyable as possible.”
Keeping up a tradition that sees them collaborate with Irish artists to produce limited edition bottles of their delicious distillation, Jameson have teamed up with street artist James Earley, who casual observers may be most familiar with from his spectacular transformation of Blooms Hotel into a technicolor tribute to Joyce’s Ulysses, to produce the ‘Connections’ edition.