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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

On Thursday last during our Contemporary Design Culture we carried out an observation study on the tea/coffee ritual. Below is my account of the stages and observations I made during this process. Upon entering the spar located in the courtyard I walked over towards the 3 coffee machines which were located in the back corner of the store. There was a person using each machine 2 of which were women, one getting a small latte the other getting a large black coffee both put in the sugar whilst their drinks were still coming out of the machine. They both also used the full fat milk which they poured from a stainless steel jug. At the 3rd machine was a middle aged man getting a small black coffee however he did not take milk or sugar. I queued behind this man as I reckon he would be the fastest but for some reason he felt as if I was trying to rush him so he kept turning around and look at me as if I was going to rob him. All three struggled with putting the covers on the cups and also as the cups were hot they all put a heat shield on their cups. As the middle aged man eventually left the middle machine I stepped up to the machine and picked up a large cup and placed it onto the stainless steel mesh tray which was half full of tea and coffee spills. There was 4 beverages to choose from latte, black coffee, white coffee and hot water. I choose a large latte and like the women before me I poured in 2 paper sashays of sugar whilst the latte was coming out of the machine. I then took my cup and put a drop of full fat milk into it before putting on the plastic lid which was hard to know when it was fully on. I then proceed to the queue where I waited for about 2 minutes to pay I began to find that the cup was quit hot in my hard just about bearable at the finish. After paying 2 euro I proceed out to the court yard where I sat on the circular timber benches which were very uncomfortable. Whilst drinking from my paper cup I noticed that there was a little defect in the lid which touched my nose every time I drank this was very irritating and made the whole experience less enjoyable. Before I knew it the Latte was gone which in my opinion wasn’t money for value.

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.

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.