Archives for category: Interests and inspirations

As part of our contemporary design module we went on a class trip to Holland visiting Amsterdam, Delft, Eindhoven and based ourselves in Rotterdam. This was a great experience and a well worth while trip. On the first two day myself, Iain and Ronan ate in a restaurant called Bazar. We were just strolling around the streets looking for somewhere to get lunch and we stumbled across Bazar It was so vibrant and unique. On entering the restaurant I knew it was somewhere I would never forget the atmosphere and décor were just so unique and it had character which most restaurants these days lack as allot seem to be carbon copies of each other.



The lighting in Bazar

The lighting in Bazar

Whilst over in Holland as well I noticed there was  no cider and me being a cider drink initially found this a bit of a bummer. However unlike here in Ireland they have a huge selection of beers which are actually nice and all taste different, I am no beer connoisseur but these were really tasty beers. Its kind of ironic that the only picture I have of my favourite beer is on a Heineken beer matt.


On the 3rd day we visited Eindhoven, the Philips museums and Philips head quarters. After this we went for food in a real classy restaurant called USINE the attention to detail in this place was one of the best I have ever seen and the food was pretty good as well. The pictures below explain best but a little background info first, the first picture is of a design cut out in every table in the restaurant and the second is of a biscuit served with the coffee.

Design on side of every table

Design on side of every table

Biscuit served with coffee

Biscuit served with coffee

Attention to detail on a new level.


Whilst on the trip to Holland we had a talk from  Jon Mason & Dzmitry Aliakseyeu this was very interesting and opened my eyes to many new ideas. One such being how different shades of light can effect you mentally and induce different chemicals and hormones to promote sleep or energise the body. And the product that did all this is the HUE light this is a truly magnificent feat of design and new approach to just boring light bulbs. When I got home I decided to do a bit of my own research and I found this image below to be very informative and most of all pretty dam cool.

Also here is a link to the HUE advert on youtube.

This relatively cheap lego milling machine and the 3Doodler combined could create a perfect 3D printer for hobbyists and students on a budget


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 .