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April 12, 2019

OFFSET Dublin: Our Favourite Talks


The Blue Stag team set off to Ireland for the incredible OFFSET Dublin this April.

OFFSET Dublin is a 3-day creative conference. Celebrating creativity and bringing together the best in International and Irish creative talent in graphic design, illustration, street and fine art, film, photography, moving image and much, much more. It was tough, but we’ve each chosen our favourite talk from the weekend. Also, click here if you’d like to see some snaps from the trip.

Nathan’s pick: Eike König

“Be brave, stay curious, do good work”

This talk was a reminder to keep considering the ethical impact of the work we do. I liked how Eike had written a manifesto to keep himself on track. This manifesto placed emphasis on ensuring that Eike works on meaningful projects, enjoys the work he does and has fun at the same time. Lastly, he advised, “don’t work ‘for’ people: work ‘with’ people”, to create meaningful and long-lasting relationships. We sometimes forget that design is about people and communication. So we should try to spend more time with people than sitting at a computer.

Kirsty’s pick: Ailbhe Keane from Izzy Wheels

“If you can’t stand up, stand out!”

The most inspiring talk for me was Ailbhe from Izzy Wheels. Ailbhe’s idea started as a college project to design and customise wheel covers for wheelchair users. Izzy Wheels’ designs went viral! They now collaborate with various artists to create amazing designs for wheelchairs. Izzy Wheels are literally changing people’s lives through design. One amazing example she showed was how she designed wheels for a bride to match her wedding dress, which I thought was brilliant!

Rhi’s pick: Victo Ngai

“Make the limitations an asset”

Victo said there is no such thing as a boring brief, only a boring solution. If a brief is restrictive, take advantage of those restrictions and use them to your advantage. It’s not a question of getting fun briefs and projects. But instead, how to make projects or briefs fun – it’s up to you to make it an interesting enjoyable project. This is an idea I found inspiring and something I want to champion. Also, her work is absolutely beautiful!

Amy’s picks: Edel Rodriguez and James Victore’s Q&A session

“You can’t escape an image”

Edel Rodriguez is a political illustrator and some of his most famous pieces depict Donald Trump. He has a lovely unapologetic stance about his work and uses his work to fight for what he believes in. His work is graphic and honest and I love that. He’s not afraid about offending/upsetting people because you’re always going to upset someone. He does his work his way, unapologetically.

James Victore did a Q&A and a lot of what he said resonated with me. Inspiring me to push my work more and re-write briefs to get a better solution for a client. I bought his book which he wrote to inspire people, optimise creativity and encourage people to create their best selves.

Dan’s pick: Edel Rodriguez

“I make images that can be understood by someone with a PhD degree, as well as someone like my grandfather who does not speak English”

Edel’s work is incredible, earning him the mantle of ‘The preeminent illustrator of the Trump era’. I loved hearing his story of growing up in Cuba and coming over to Miami in the 1980s to flee the violence. I felt this tale was both a humbling and exciting one. It was also fascinating to learn that Cuban movie posters from the ’80s influenced his work!

I admire how Edel uses his skill as an illustrator to create brilliant, precise, indelible moments of social commentary.

Joe’s pick: Jon McNaught

I was a big fan of Jon McNaught, mainly because his illustrations and screenprints are insane and I want to put 9823482 of them on my walls.

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If you missed OFFSET Dublin 2019, we highlight recommend that you check it out in 2020.

Dan Sargent

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