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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Duff-Tisdall & Diarmuid Gavin at Hanover Quay Dublin.

Duff-Tisdall & Diarmuid Gavin at Hanover Quay Dublin.


A contemporary garden designed to challenge visitors' perception of the space. The planting features drifts of box and lavender clipped into informal hummocks and is designed as a communal space to be used by the residents of an apartment block.

You can view this garden installed at Hanover Quay thanks to Duff-Tisdall, Park Development & Sisks.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006


Kerryfresh - Enterprise IG Dublin
Enterprise IGs lovely rebrand of Kerryfresh featured in the 2005 ReBrand 100: best of awards.

Also a distinction for O'Donnell Sweeney Solicitors.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Russell! Hows yer Ma!

Love this T from designer Barrie Holden.

Thanks Brian for the link.

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Codex 43

Codex 43
This is more like it. The southern half of the country representing! (I'll stop that now).
Visually rich, layered design work from Tipperary based Jerry Cotter.
A strong fine art feel from some of the pieces.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Spoiltchild website :)

Spoiltchild website
Interesting colour choice from Drogheda Spoiltchild Design. Wont be to everyone's taste and might appear sickly to some.
Diagonal background stripes are becoming a bit over used at this stage. Along with drop shadows, reflections and stickers (which thankfully have not been used). They also need to spend a little time fixing the alignment of the strips on some pages.
I am unsure of their choice not to fit it within the 800 x 600 screen size. It doesn't not seem that it would have made much of a deference to the design and space if they had.
Some fun design samples in the portfolio which hopefully means they have a sense of humour. Samples are a bit old though. Time for an update.
Navigation needs to be made appear the same on IE as in Firefox.
A few code errors but overall not bad.

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Irish Blog Awards

Irish Blog Awards
Now accepting nominations.

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Monday, January 16, 2006


Flash site from Originate. What looks like an interesting idea to display content at a 45 degree angle soon grates on the nerves after about five seconds. Annoyingly, after clicking to view a portfolio piece, the site loads in a black square that you then have to click again. It actually looks like the images have not loaded yet.
Design samples disappoint.

[UPDATE 18-01-06]
I received a phone call this morning claiming to be from Originate. They demanded I remove this review or legal action will be taken.
The number was a private number so I cannot verify if this request was genuine. I have sent off an email to Originate requesting confirmation.

I am sure as a designer / design company, if you are confident that the work you have produced is good, then you should post a comment refuting my opinion and make a counter argument. Lets get some good design discussion going!
Please give your own opinion below. Is it effective design and good usability?

[UPDATE 19-01-06]
A good debate going on over at creative Ireland on the perceived rights and wrongs of reviewing design on a blog associated with Spoiltchild.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

CALL FOR ENTRIES Darklight festival 2006

Darklight festival 2006
DARKLIGHT FESTIVAL, Ireland’s premier festival for filmmakers, animators and artists, are now accepting entries for the 2006 festival.

Eligible for entry are feature films, documentaries, all CG animation (Flash, 3D etc.), experimental works, music videos, commercial work, motion graphics, game sequences, live action shorts, student work, films shot on camera phones and films from outreach and community projects.
There are no restrictions on genre, length or number of submitted works.


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Thursday, January 12, 2006

No Graphics

No Graphics - Andy McClelland
Andy McClelland showcases his sense of humour with a sprinkling of nice design work.
...and a rabbit.

I like the sideways scrolling format of the site but I know some people take an instant dislike to it.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

New York Times - Dublin Design

New York Times Article - Dublin Design
Bug me not.
Edited non reg version.

An article on Irish design and architecture in the NY times. A few familiar names in there.

I did laugh at this comment:


"The number of designers being produced today doesn't meet the demand," said Colm O'Briain, the director of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

Ciaran, who is currently interning here, has said that the number of graduates from his degree year who got any kind of design related job is tiny. These are designers with good portfolios and 1.1 results.

But then it goes on to explain that Mr. O'Briain needs to sell a few more post-graduate design programs .

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Dacapo Jewellery Design

Dacapo Jewellery Design
The site lacks the finery of their work and photos but their Jewellery Design is top class. I love the Playstation piece though I have no idea of its purpose.

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Senior Web designer position

We have a vacancy in the team. Full details here.
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Monday, January 09, 2006

New Spoilt child

New Spoiltchild
I couldnt wish for a better birthday present :)

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Púca Puppets making Coraline

Púca Puppets making Coraline
Some exciting news from Neil Gaimans Blog.
Púca Puppets are going to be doing a theatrical puppet version of Coraline.
I cant wait!

Development of ‘Coraline’, Púca’s next show for older children and adults, continued throughout the year. A co-production with Éigse, Carlow, and in association with Project Arts Centre, Dublin, it is based on Neil Gaiman’s dark contemporary fairytale of the same name. Plans are afoot to bring it to the World Puppet Art Festival, Prague, as well as an Irish tour Summer/Autumn 2006. Director Sue Mythen and performers Margot Jones, Niamh Lawlor and Joe Moylan, did a week’s exploration of the story in Dec ’04 assisted by the Abbeyonehundred. This year artists, Fiona Dowling and Slavek Kwi joined the team for intensive development of script and design, including consultation with children and child psychologists. This was thanks to an Arts Council bursary, and a Dublin City Council Award.

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Black Shapes

Black Shapes Comics
I like this one.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006


MuteGrab - Jonathan Parson
Update with new Motion work from MuteGrab aka Jonathan Parson.
Much more straightforward and simple site redesign as well.

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