12 April 2013
Conor Clarke with Ben Bos at OFFSET2013
27 March 2013
We are very much looking forward to meeting one of our design heroes, Ben Bos at OFFSET2013.
As a senior designer and member of iconic Dutch design group Total Design, "Ben enjoyed the same rights as partners Wim Crouwel, Benno Wissing, Friso Kramer and the Schwarz brothers. However, he was not a partner, a situation that led to his description as 'Outsider-Insider' in the book Wim Crouwel - Mode en Module by Frederike Huygen. Yet unlike the partners, who came and went, Bos worked longer at Total Design than anybody else...His dedication to commercial clients such as Ahrend and Randstad exemplifled the lucid and humane work in which he believed."
From The complete graphic designer by Christopher Brawn, First published in Eye no. 41 vol. 11, 2001.
Ben Bos kicks off OFFSET2013 at 10:00am on Friday 5th April.
Design Factory's Conor Clarke will be in conversation with Ben later that day at 4:00pm
14 March 2013
Design Factory celebrate 30 years together this month. We have invited 30 of our favourite designers and illustrators from around the world to make a ’30’ for us. Work is in progress and the results are stunning. A small book and limited edition poster will be produced.
14 February 2013
The Gathering Ireland 2013
The Gathering Ireland is a year-long celebration of Ireland, its people and all that is great about its connections, both at home and abroad. This initiative invites anyone who has a link to Ireland or just a love of the country, to come to Ireland for a series of events throughout 2013. An Post commissioned Design Factory to design a stamp and First Day Cover to mark the celebrations...
16 January 2012
Stamp Design Yearbook
Three sets of stamps created by Design Factory were featured in the The Irish Stamp Design Yearbook 2011, just published by An Post.
This 55 page book has the stamp and minisheet mount positioned alongside subject information, technical details and cancellation marks. A limited edition of 1,500 copies were produced by specialist printers Prinz Verlag GmbH.
22 June 2011
Dublin Shortlisted For World Design Capital 2014
Congratulations to Red&Grey Design who produced the stunning bid document. Design Factory’s Conor Clarke was proud to be asked to design one of the 30 covers. http://www.pivotdublin.com/index.php/about/covers
Dublin is one of just three cities worldwide to be shortlisted to become World Design Capital 2014. The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) announced today that the prestigious designation, awarded biannually to cities that use design to benefit people socially, culturally and economically will be awarded for 2014 to either Dublin, Bilbao in Northern Spain and Capetown in South Africa. The winning city will be announced this autumn. Details of the Dublin bid can be seen on www.pivotdublin.com
The Dublin bid, 'Pivot Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out' is a collaboration between the four Dublin local authorities. It includes proposals to improve quality of life in cities, using Dublin as a testbed, under four themes - 'Connecting Cities'; 'Making Cities Flow'; 'Making Cities Lighter' and 'Making Cities Smile'. Work on developing and implementing these proposals, described in the bid as ‘seed projects’, will begin immediately.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen said that 'Dublin is honoured to be one of the three cities shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014. “On behalf of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal County Councils and Dublin City Council, I welcome the opportunities the World Design Capital project will give us. Our bid celebrates ambiguity, diversity and difference and tells a story of a city where there is much talent, a solid tradition of great Irish design and a vibrant informal design scene. We look forward to sharing that experience with the world - come what may - now, in 2014 and beyond.”
'Pivot Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out' bid showcases Irish designers at home and abroad; working across established design disciplines such as product, fashion, architecture and graphic design to animation, film, gaming and interaction design”, says Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect. 'It is a strong and diverse bid that tells a compelling story about our design capacity as a city and country. It also identifies an opportunity where Dublin can be a test bed for new ideas which address local need, yet have global relevance. These are difficult times and our bid challenges us to adapt, recover and grow; showing how design can make a difference in Dublin and Ireland”.
“Successful World Design Capital designation for Dublin could provide a legacy of significant job opportunities for the city and for Ireland, as the design sector is growing rapidly”, says John Tierney, Dublin City Manager. “The World Design Capital designation is prestigious and brings economic and reputational benefits to the winning city. Cities that value and apply design in the way they think, plan and act are more humane, attractive and competitive cities and that is how we want to position Dublin”.