Innovation through Design Theme announced at the launch of DesignFest Clonmel. Speakers at the launch include (l-r) Sinead Carr, Director of Services for Community and Economic Development in County T
Designfest Clonmel unveiled their programme for their 2016 event. DesignFest will take place from Thursday 3rd to Tuesday 8th of November in Clonmel. A varied and exciting mix of events has been prepared to suit the general public and families as well as some niche elements geared specifically towards people in the design industry and ancillary sectors.
First up on the morning of Thursday 3rd of November is a Design Thinking workshop with James Bourke, reputed Product Designer and Director of Dolmen Design. The workshop will introduce entrepreneurs and SMEs to Design Thinking and how it can improve their product and make it more successful with customers. For businesses, start-ups, educators and designers, a Design Thinking Seminar chaired by Con Kennedy is a real highlight, complete with case studies by Maple and Spud, Tipperary Boutique Distillery and Triangle Marketing.
Later that day, Design Disrupters, a provocative documentary by InVision, will be screened at Bakers Bar followed by a discussion hosted by some of the Designfest Team. The film charts the trajectory of successful companies using Design as a key ingredient in improving User Experience.
Sheelagh Carew of IBM and Julia Marino from the US will also be hosting Design Thinking Workshops throughout the week aimed at Transition Year Students, Teenagers as well as a taster session for Teachers, Designers and members of the public interested in using the Design Thinking approach in their professional or creative projects.
For artists, there will a Professional Training Day sponsored by the County Arts Office with Australian Artist, Deirdre Feeney titled “Looking back to look forward” which will explore how the pre-digital era can inform contemporary visual arts practices. Deirdre’s exquisite work will also be on show during the week in a feature window on Parnell Street.
Other educational opportunities include an ‘Innovation through Design’ Symposium on Monday, 7th of November with a wide selection of speakers which includes Graphic Designer and Red Lemonade Director John Cleere, multidisciplinary artist Aideen Barry, product designer Trevor Vaugh and Professor Adam De Eyto, UL Head of Design, who will chair the evening. The symposium will offer patrons unique insights into the latest developments in design-led innovation and how the design world is changing the face of industry. Both John Cleere and Aideen Barry will also be hosting separate talks earlier in the day complete with questions & answers sessions.
Finally, a Digital Design Careers Day specifically for 5th & 6th year secondary and Post Leaving Certificate students and teachers will also take place at the Clonmel Campus of LIT on Tuesday 8th of November. The day will include demonstrations, talks and an opportunity to meet with professionals working in the field of Animation, Game Art & Design and Creative Technology to bring another action-packed DesignFest Clonmel programme to a fitting close for 2016. Eamon Dalton, Senior Lecturer at LIT Clonmel said “Designfest Clonmel offers something for everyone in terms of helping to develop an understanding and appreciation of the role of Design in many different contexts. Please remember pre-booking is essential for all events even those which are free to attend so for further information or to book please visit www.designfest.ie today.”