This year was the first that I made over to OFFSET, the highly regarded design and creative conference which has been held ever year in Dublin since 2009. Previously I had been put off due to timings but had no reason to miss it this year – and how glad I was that I didn’t. The three days of talks have been a serious wakeup call for me in terms of my own work, and how I am going to move forward with it.
What I am realising is that the emotional journey and background of the creator is just as important as the work itself – and sharing this with an audience- which is something that I really have to work on! Highlights for me were Stephen Kelleher’s beautiful animation and photography; Morag Myerscough’s joyful, vibrantly colourful sculptures and installations; the quirky, buzzing character design and animation of TADO, and the foulmouthed, hilarious genius of Mr Bingo.
I am now going away to have a long hard think about what I am doing and where I am going…….
Heres a wee cracker of a project I worked on earlier in the year. On Friday May 22nd, Ireland voted a resounding YES to extending marriage rights to same-sex couples – the first country in the world to do so by popular vote!
And subsequently, my friends Leo and Mark’s engagement was the first to be announced in the Irish Times, as a result of the Yes Result. Truly momentous!
I’m getting as much value as possible out of my Netflix subscription; having just watched the entire three seasons of ‘House of Cards’……again. And my favourite character of all is Claire Underwood, the ruthless, cunning, and conniving First Lady. I can’t wait to see what mischief she will get up to in Series 4, which unfortunately won’t air until next February……………….
I’m just coming out of the Christmas rush, having completed a number of jobs for clients such as New York Magazine, Waitrose and the Los Angeles Times. Hope you all have a great holiday and stay out of the cold!
OK, I know it’s not work related, but I’m just back from a week of swimming around the islands of the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, and let me tell you it was marvellous! The week was run and organised by Swimtrek, a really cool company based in Brighton….
As I’m sure most of you know, BP’s ruptured oil well is currently spewing approximately the daily equivalent of the Exxon Valdez oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico – and BP have still not managed to cap it. Greenpeace are currently running a BP logo ‘redesign’ competition – here is my entry.