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Thinking about the future...of design

For sometime I had been pondering the idea of returning to college and one of the fundamental reasons for this is purely based around automation. How will my job as a designer look in five years time, heck even twelve months time! And with my current role changing to incorporate more consulting/advising and leadership, what kind of additional skills would be relevant and more useful within this context? 

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#D7Stories

D7, up until recent times, was little talked about and was very much a working class area of North Dublin. But thanks to gentrification it's now synonymous with Dublin hipster-ism. Alongside the greasy spoons and long time residents; real inner city characters, you will find health conscious coffee shops, hot yoga studios, and youthful yummie mummies with their designer babies and buggies. This blog post takes a look through my D7Story in conjunction with Instagrammers Dublin, Jameson and Blue Fire Festival.

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Letterpress | Project Three

Week three, project three saw me begin my first self driven project. I'd like to say that I put LOADS of thought and planning in to it, but I didn't. An idea sprung in to my head that I would do a simple memorial piece to my grandmother, who had passed away the first week of the course. It seemed like the most logical thing to do. There would be no tricks or gimmicks, it would be plain and simple and would allow me to get another project in before the course ended.

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NCAD - Introduction to Letterpress and Block Printing

When I look in to night classes, I always look for something that lets me "make and do" and will technically take me away from the day job. My latest venture in to the creative comes in the form of an eleven week introductory course in to Letterpress and Block printing in the National College of Art and Design here in Dublin. Here I discuss my introduction to it with the creation of two group projects.

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Cologne (Köln) Christmas Markets

I've always wanted to visit one of the German Christmas Markets. Here in Ireland we have tried to recreate them in different places over the years but they will never come anywhere close to the real thing. So, along with my mum, aunt and cousin, we all set off for Cologne at the end of November to see what all the fuss was about.

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Offset - Day three

After a bit of an unplanned lie in and a mad last minute dash to the Bord Gais Theatre I sneaked in to the very back row just after Sue Murphy took to the stage. I had an awful seat and couldn't see the presentation screen thanks to the low hanging gallery above but she was in full swing talking about her early career as a designer.

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Offset - Day two

As I work in a corporate environment I was really keen to hear Doug Powell of IBM Design speak. He was in Dublin to help officially open their new design studio in their Irish office and to announce major plans by IBM to employ up to 2,000 designers over the coming years. The GM of IBM Design, Phil Gilbert had also been in Dublin that week at the IBEC CEO Conference. This conference was in partnership with Irish Design 2015, an Irish government initiative which promotes design and creativity as a key element of competitiveness and innovation.

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