We are just back from attending Offset in Dublin, it was a great weekend packed with lots of creative inspiration. Creatives and graphic designers from all over the world converged in Dublin for the three day event.
This was the third Offset event to happen in Dublin, and whatever style of design or illustration you like there was plenty of eye-candy and inspiring speakers to make you want more!
Some of the big highlights for us included Stefan Sagmeister (New York based Graphic Designer), Shepard Fairey (American Graphic Designer and Illustrator), Jessica Hische (American letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat), Michael Bierut (Graphic Designer), Von (Illustrator), Andrew Essex (Advertising) and not forgetting Dublins own Connor & David (Graphic Designers, Dublin) and Johnny Kelly (advertising, short films).
Each designer gave great insight into how they approach their work, what the design thinking and the creative process was behind some very memorable pieces. Other speakers were just great to see, Friends With You gave us all a treat when some of their characters made an appearance on stage… they also made us dance!
One of the better Q&A sessions was Stefan Sagmeister being interviewed by Ciarán ÓGaora of Zero-G (Graphic design agency, Dublin), where they discussed where the line between art and design lies. Stefan also gave us a little bit more of an insight into a new movie he has been working on.
This is definitely an event every designer should look out for! Not sure how they will top this one, but we are already looking forward to the next event!
Dublin has recently been named one of three capital cities to be considered for the World Design Capital 2014. This is an accolade any great city would love to have, and there was great competition from over 50 cities including Cape Town and Bilbao who were also shortlisted.
So what was it about Dublin that made it stand out, against bigger, and I am sure some would say, more creative cities? We have talked about Dublin City on here before in an article we wrote for Created in Birmingham, and the creative atmosphere Dublin has, which is unique to the city. But of course the World Design Capital committee look at much more than just Graphic Design, the awarded city must have a deeper understanding of how design can enrich peoples lives. And this is what the Pivot Dublin bid showcases, looking at four distinct areas: Connecting Cities, Making Cities Lighter, Making Cities Flow and Making Cities Smile.
There are many great stories and articles on the Pivot Dublin website about how design has enriched and enhanced the lives of the people of Dublin. One such story is of the library in Blanchardstown, the jury saw an exhibition which explained how the Local authority was using the quality of the design of its public buildings to raise awareness and expectation that design quality mattered. Marguerite Murphy explained that 1800 people a day used Blanchardstown Library, and a queing system had to be put in place.
The Jury also visited The Grand Canal Square and Theatre, home to among other things the Offset festival. Offset is a must see for any design agency in Dublin, it gathers the biggest names in the design world for three days of events and talks. The orgainsers of the festival discussed how this self financed project came about.
The WDC will come to a decision as to what Capital city wins WDC 2014 in October, we think Dublin has a huge chance of winning this. It is a city that thrives on creativity and design.
Offset 2012 takes place on the 9–11th March in Dublin City Center.
The Pivot Dublin website has a lot more information on how Dublin was selected and what they plan on doing for 2014.
Check out the Offset website here: http://www.iloveoffset.com/
Check out the Pivot Dublin website here: http://www.pivotdublin.com/