Offaly Design Week, 1st – 4th November 2011

Designhub, the collaborative network of designers based in Tullamore are hosting their third consecutive series of events during National Design Week. Design Week is a series of events that highlight design in Ireland, which encompass conferences, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions that will take place throughout the country. These events are not just targeted to designers and design enthusiasts but to the public, the professional, the client and the consumer. Designhub’s contribution in national design week is part of an on-going campaign to promote and highlight the benefits of design and innovative design thinking in Co.Offaly.

Tullamore will be alive with innovation and design activity as it hosts the largest number of events in the Midlands for Design Week. In the past year Designhub have noted a considerable increase in clients and businesses engaging in the process of design and a demand for innovative design solutions. “We believe that in order for enterprises to succeed and remain competitive in this current economic climate it is now necessary to look at creative solutions. New product introduction and product development is essential for growth. Accompanying product and service development a business needs to have a strong and recognisable corporate identity in terms of branding and environment. All of this can be achieved through design and there are some extremely talented designers in this country. Our objective going forward is to promote high standards of design and to foster creative and innovative thinking in local enterprise.”

For further information on Offaly Design Week events please contact Designhub on email: or phone: 057 9357464/65.

Designhub Exhibition 2011 /

Design for Business /

1st November 5.00pm-8.00pm

Design week launches in Offaly with the opening of the 3rd annual Designhub exhibition entitled ‘Design for Business’. The exhibition showcases architectural, interior, graphic, multimedia and product design projects from final year design students and recent graduates. A ‘best of design’ award will also be presented on the night. Designhub’s objective for the exhibition is to engage local businesses and companies in design and to show the economical advantages and problem solving capabilities that design can provide for them. All aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners are encouraged to come to this informative and inspiring exhibition and to speak to designers about how to utilise their skills to improve business.

Gerard Cleary of Glenisk Organics, an award winning organic dairy will be giving a speech on how they have integrated design thinking into their business in order to grow and remain competitive. Members of the Designhub team will give a presentation on the benefits of design and how it can be incorporated into business.

WHERE: Aras an Chontae, Tullamore, Co. Offaly


WHO’S IT FOR?  Aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and designers

SPONSOR: Offaly County Council

Dyson Student Creativity Day and award ceremony /

2nd November 9.30am-5.00pm

Also, taking place in Tullamore for the third year in a row is the annual Dyson student creativity day. Up to one hundred students from design colleges throughout Ireland are expected in the Tullamore Court Hotel to participate in a day-long design challenge. The annual Irish Dyson Award will be presented as part of this day.

WHERE: Tullamore Court Hotel

PRICE: 15euro

WHO’S IT FOR?  Third year students on a recognised third level design course


ReForm Seminar 2011 /

1st November 10.30am – 4.30pm

Creating networks, combining knowledge will focus this year on growing the fledgling sustainable design (SD) network in Ireland. The ReForm events have now run annually since 2005 and have showcased some of the most inspiring examples of sustainable design thinking and practice at a

National and international level.

In addition a set of active participation workshops will be facilitated by industry and academic experts   in the SD field and should prove to be inspiring opportunity to explore holistic design concepts and challenges for designers and companies interested in this growth economy.

WHERE: Tullamore Court Hotel


WHO’S IT FOR?  Design professionals and design students

The Centre For Excellence In Universal Design Challenge 2011 /

3-4th November

The Challenge in its 3rd year moves outside of Dublin for the first time. This event challenges designers to develop a new product over a 2 day period encompassing the principals of Universal design. The challenge will culminate with an awards ceremony and a flash conference on Universal Design for Irish Education. Keynote speakers include Brian Stephens, MD/CEO of Design Partners. All interested parties are welcome contact Linda Rowan at or (01)6080456.

WHERE: Tullamore Court Hotel


WHO’S IT FOR?  Masters and graduate designers from 2010

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