Archives for the month of: February, 2013

On the 19th of February we had a talk from a guest speaker Cathal. Before this talk we were asked to do our own bit of research into to Cathal and what he is all about. During my research I began to understand the calibre of designer that Cathal was and how valuable this guest talk was going to be. However the one thing I did notice was that I hadn’t heard of design partners before I looked up Cathal and for a company that has designed so many internationally renowned products I found this unusual.

On the day on the talk my first impressions of Cathal were that he was just an ordinary man he didn’t dress over the top in your face just a simple dress code. The one thing that caught my eye however that set him apart from other ordinary dressers was he had a beautiful watch. It was entirely black with only a white face it was simplistic but ever so elegant. This set the tone for the talk as he began to engage with us and explain how himself and design partners perceive good design. Products must be minimalistic but “generous” he said for the consumer likes to get more then they expected, it also needs to be the best and sheer class, initially in design partners this alone sold the products. Cathal then went on to say this is no longer the case as the market changed and for a product to be a world leader it now needs a “story” along with all the other factors. According to Cathal the story creates a relationship with the consumer that worlds and image alone can not. A story tells a million words whilst also appealing to the masses and as he said a”story is never wrong”.

Cathal highlighted to me that to be a top class designer you don’t need to dress like Karim Rashid or act all airy fairy but instead be your self and let your work talk.



This image brings perception to a whole new level. Someone is either a genius or has too much free time !

On Tuesday  morning last during our Contemporary Design Culture module the topic of the day was selling yourself and being visually unique. The example of the day was from the lecturer Adam who used the students of the Kemmy business school as the prime suspects for dressing like clones and replicas of each other. The majority of those students wear the same Hollister and Abercrombie outfits which in there own right are fashionable but due to being worn by the masses makes them a uniform as opposed to a unique piece of clothing. The same is true for the Timberland boots, initially these were high end pieces of foot wear but due to the wearing of these boots by the travelling community and people in less privileged areas these boots are no longer worn by the initial buyers as high end products.

Timberland Boots

But is clothing the only necessary component to setting you off and making one unique? Personally I would disagree with this for many reasons, personally I think there are many other factors that make people unique. For example If someone has a unique voice or manor-isms like a tick or a word used a lot during conversation these can make an individual unique and memorable. Other simple fashion accessories such as a fancy watch or by wearing a certain unique item all the time like rope bracelets or necklace with a crocodile tooth on it.

D.I.E. at Dolans

However if there is anybody reading this who is looking for inspiration on how to create a new look or image for themselves that is unique and eccentric I would highly recommend that you attend DIE in Dolans. It is a Dub step, Indie and Electro event which takes place once a month and is attended by a cult following.  I went to DIE for the first time on Thursday night and it was an experience of a life time it broadened my horizons on the hole dressing to be unique concept. People went out of their way to to dress unique and portrait their innersoles on their exterior face through the means of clothing and accessories.Their were also people taking a different approach on being unique with face paintings similar to Bowie and lady Gaga. The images below show what I mean.

David Bowie inspiration for some.

A taster of the male sense of dress

A sample of the female dress style.

From the photos above I hope that you can create a picture of the people that attend DIE and there sense of Dress. However these pictures don’t do the fashion present on the night justice. So I would highly recommend you attend if you are struggling to find a true unique sense of dress that you feel will be memorable and portrait an image that you think is suitable for your career. I personally wont be dressing in a certain way in the near future anyway as I feel that my work should speak for itself and my personal image should not effect how people perceive my design.

As we had 5 weeks off over the Christmas I decided to make use of  some of that time and look to get work experience.  Through my uncle Dr Frank O Connor I was able to secure a weeks work experience in January with orangebox. During my time at orange box I was given a project to complete and also was able to see how a successful design team works and its importance in making a company international renowned. The Project I was set was to create a High End meeting chair. Through the means of sketching and researching I explored various approaches and styles. With the Help of Luke Palmer and the design team I was able to narrow down my ideas to just one. This idea was based on a past experience in life whilst working on building sites I observed that the wheelbarrow was often used as seat during lunch. This to you might seem a strange and inappropriate style for a High End meeting chair and the truth is so did I at first. However Luke with his huge knowledge in the field was able to explain why such a style would be extremely appropriate in today’s  market. He explained how in resent years there is a huge shift from each person having there own office to one big open plan office vacated by many. This type office creates its difficulties too one such being privacy whilst having a meeting or taking a phone call so in resent years there has been a big drive by orangebox to create acoustic pods. These pods can be circled together to make phone booths or can be set up as luxurious meeting areas where you are not disturbing others in the office whilst also your conversations stay unheard and private. Below are two images of the finished product which I created on solid works with the help of Luke Palmer and the design team at orangebox.

Comfort and Privacey

Comfort and Privacey

Caccoon couple on white bg

Twin Cacoon Meeting area

Here I found a case study done by a product design company which looks in depth at the major factors that influence the design and manufacture of Downhill mountain bikes . The company also does other interesting product designing as well .


20130207-184106.jpg These posters are vibrant energetic and as a result catch the eye of many .