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JUNE 17—30,2023

ATU Connemara

Anni SeligmannIT

JOB VOGELNL

PentagramUSA

Design FactoryIRL

UnthinkIRL

Studio OrIRL

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Experience design on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Design West is an international summer design school located at the ATU Connemara campus in the beautiful village of Letterfrack in Co. Galway, on the West Coast of Ireland. For two weeks this summer, from June 17th to June 30th, 2023, participants will get the opportunity to work with leading International and Irish designers from renowned studios. Unplugging from our hectic everyday working lives—commuting, cell phones, deadlines, media saturation—participants will immerse themselves in the wild and rugged Connemara landscape and use it both as a mode of research and as a source of inspiration.

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Summer is a time for exploration and discovery, for meeting new people and taking on new challenges. It is also a time to get away from the grind of ‘the everyday’ and to reflect upon one’s role and purpose as a designer. Design West offers the perfect environment for studying design in a non-urban environment—away from the noise of the city and the pressures of deadlines. Students will participate in a two-week programme of discovery, learning, reflection, adventure and making.

The course will take place at the ATU Connemara campus in Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland. The facilities include CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital, manufacturing all ideal for the realisation of 2D and 3D design expressions. The campus has excellent Wi-Fi connectivity. In the rural setting beyond the campus, connectivity is weaker, an opportunity for students at Design West to ‘unplug’ from the busy world of design and gain new perspectives.

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Programme

Design West will take place from June 17-30, 2023.

The programme facilitates both individual and collaborative approaches to the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, installations, abstract and environmental design.

We are looking for participants to engage with the local environment through observational studies (walking as research), the study of found objects, interactions between communities, landscape, and nature. We are giving participants the opportunity to explore new ideas through research and making in a unique environment. The programme will be led by a cross-disciplinary group of international tutors and professional technicians.

Design West at ATU Connemara is a catalyst to recharge your creativity by providing a unique facility, location, and experience outside your normal working environment.

Deadline for applications is Friday, May 26th 2023.

People

Studi0 MutIT

Anni Seligmann

Studi0 Mut profile
Studi0 Mut work
Anni Seligmann is a German graphic designer and partner at Italian design practice Studio Mut. After leaving her studies in Sociology and Medicine she found her calling and graduated with honours in Graphic Design. She relocated to New York City to work for renowned architectural studios and art galleries. Anni joined Studio Mut as a designer, where she was made partner in 2022.
Studio Mut is considered one of the most influential graphic design studios in Italy. The Studio Mut team consists of between three and five people, all of whom are designers. Their work includes identity, print, editorial and web design for clients spanning art, culture and commerce. They are known for their exuberant style, both in person and in their work, and for creating grand and colourful works with an air of both playfulness and seriousness. The studio is directed by Thomas Kronbichler, Martin Kerschbaumer and Anni Seligmann. Martin and Thomas are members of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), the association of the world’s leading graphic artists and designers. On a mission to educate on matters of design and to understand their own creative impulses, Anni, Thomas and Martin take part in conferences, panels and seminars, and give lectures and workshops at universities all around the universe.

BURONL

JOB VOGEL

BURO profile
BURO work

In a fast changing economic environment, companies across the world are facing new design challenges every single day and as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. Job Vogel joined HAN University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) in August 2005 after a 15 year career in the creative industry. He has co-developed and taught numerous courses in concept development for new media, conceptual thinking, cross-cultural skills and marketing and communication ethics. Job is the founder of Buro, Creative Media Mob, the student- driven faculty-mentored consulting enterprise providing (inter) national organisations with cutting-edge services in Technology, Multimedia and Communication. He is visiting lecturer at Artevelde Gent (Belgium) and Minnesota state University (USA).

Apart from design and creativity, his passions include working on 1940s motorbikes and cars (FrankenPan & Aerosedan), hotrods, rockabilly, Japanese style (denims) and road trips on his bike. He can’t wait to get out West, and we are looking forward to working with him.

https://b302.nl/

Brankica & KenUSA

Pentagram

Brankica & Ken profile
Brankica & Ken work

Brankica Harvey is a graphic designer who conceptualises and executes projects in a wide range of design areas. She brings her love of typography, print, and digital media with her attention to detail to each design challenge. Her projects include developing graphic solutions for brand systems, print, packaging, web, information graphics and environmental signage working for clients such as Cooper Hewitt, the Menil Foundation, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Queens Museum, UCLA, JWT, Harry N. Abrams, Princeton Architectural Press, among others.

Ken is an Irish designer based in New York as an associate partner & designer at Pentagram. He is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses design, strategy, and technology, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. He has worked for various design studios in Dublin, London and NY. He has worked with notable clients such as the American Museum of Natural History, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Codecademy, Cooper Hewitt, AIG, Savannah College of Art and Design, Google, FdMarch, Studio Museum in Harlem, Grace Farms, JWT, New York University, and Abrams. He is also a Typography lecturer at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Ken has received a range of design awards for his print and interactive design in Europe and the United States, such as The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The Art Director’s Club, Design and Art Direction Awards and The 100 Archive.

Ken has a BA in Visual Communication from the National College of Art in Dublin, Ireland. He studied Design, Typography and Interactive Media in the Willem De Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, Holland. He has been a guest critic at Parsons, The New School, New York and NYU Magnet.

Ken is a member of the IDI, 100 Archive, AIGA and the ISTD.

Conor ClarkeIRL

Design Factory

Conor Clarke profile
Conor Clarke work

Course Leader, Conor Clarke is a Director of Design Factory, an award-winning design studio based in Dublin. He has served as a board member of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, and the Institute of Designers in Ireland. His work has featured in international publications such as Who’s Who in Graphic Design, Graphis, Novum Gebrauchsgrafik, and the New York Art Directors Club Annual. He was the recipient of the Catherine Donnelly Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to design in Ireland, at the 2019 ICAD Awards.

designfactory.ie

C0lin & NoelleIRL

Unthink

C0lin & Noelle profile
C0lin & Noelle work

Unthink is a design studio, who are inquisitive, open minded, and approach every new project with a deep curiosity, free from any preconceived ideas. This process allows them to create unique and effective design outputs.

As visual communicators they tend to create two dimensional outcomes, however largely due to their collaborations with architects and other disciplines, they’ve grown to greatly respect the role of volume and materials in bringing projects to life. Many of their most enjoyable and fruitful projects have been at the intersection of architecture and design.

unthink.ie

Kate & JoIRL

Studio Or

Kate & Jo profile
Kate & Jo work

Studio Or is an award-winning design and risograph print studio based in Dublin. With a hands-on and playful approach to design, Kate and Jo established Studio Or as a space to experiment with process or collaborate or run workshops or discover the possibilities of design in the context of risograph printing. As well as taking on graphic design work, Studio Or also offers a range of risograph print workshops and consider the act of sharing an integral part of their practice.

Paul & Susan

Our hosts

Paul & Susan profile

Paul Leamy
Paul is Head of Centre at the Atlantic Technological University Connemara. The ATU Connemara campus has been synonymous with the evolution of design and technology education related to furniture and wood products over the past 30 years. Paul’s role as Head of Centre involves managing the day-to-day operations of the campus and leading the development of programmes and research. Paul holds a Higher Certificate in Furniture Design and Making, a Bachelor of Science in Furniture Technology as well as a Master of Science by Research from ATU. Paul has been a practicing designer and maker of all things furniture related for over 20 years. He has exhibited at numerous shows and has won a number of awards and accolades for his work.

Susan Rogers
Susan is a lecturer in design and education at the Atlantic Technological University Connemara. Before joining ATU Connemara she spent many years teaching the history and theory of design and visual communication at the Technological University of the Shannon. She studied Visual Communication at NCAD, before completing a master’s degree in design education, also at NCAD. She completed a D. Phil in Design Theory at the University of Ulster in 2001. A member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland she has had a role in many collaborative projects to promote design in the west of Ireland. Her experience includes exhibition curation and conference organisation. She is very interested in Irish design, and the role of design in Irish education. She is currently a member of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.

Apply
We look forward to welcoming both Irish and international students to Design West in June 2023. We value cultural diversity as well as the diverse talent and perspective each participant will bring. The programme will be conducted in English and collaboration across the following disciplines will be encouraged: typography (2D and 3D), graphic design, image-making, and the writing and making of books and journals.

Design West welcomes applicants from any undergraduate discipline, who have already achieved their bachelor’s degree. The course is delivered at master’s level. Participants have the option of achieving a Special Purpose Award on completion of the course. The award represents 10 credits at Level 9 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications www.nfq-qqi.com. Included in the assessment strategy will be the submission of a portfolio, precedent research and reflective writing on learning experiences.

A portfolio is required for application.
There is a maximum of 24 places available for the course. It is important for us to see examples of your work to help us make our final selection. In the application form please provide a link to your website or a pdf of your work which we can review. The course will conclude with an exhibition of works completed by participants over the two-week programme.

The course fee for 2023 is €1800.
The fee includes accommodation (individual room, shared living space, kitchen, bathroom), tuition, lectures, walking tours and workshop supervision. It does not include travel to and from the course or daily meals, however, participants will be invited to an opening and closing ceremony meal. Students should bring their own laptop and organise their own travel insurance.

Deadline for applications is Friday May 26, 2023.

For further information and applications please contact conor@designfactory.ie

 

 

Curriculum
One-to-one and group instruction with leading Irish and international designers from the worlds of graphic design, architecture, product and furniture design.

Accommodation
Student apartments are situated near the college campus. These are of excellent quality and each participant will have their own room with shared living room and bathroom, 3 students per apartment. Fully equipped kitchen which includes a fridge, stove and microwave oven. The residence is two minutes walk from the college campus.

Food
The Course Fee does not include daily meals, except for the opening and closing dinners. However, the college campus is situated in the village of Letterfrack in Connemara, Co. Galway, an area full of restaurants and bars offering lunches and evening meals.

Location
ATU Connemara is the National Centre of Excellence for Furniture Design and Wood Technology and is in a beautiful setting at the entrance to Connemara National Park on the Wild Atlantic Way. It has been synonymous with the study of design since 1987 and has excellent workshops and facilities for all activities required at the Design West Summer School for 2023.

What To Bring
Laptop (MacBook Pro or PC equivalent)
Basic art materials
Camera and/or Smart Phone
Waterproof jacket and pants (moderate and hard hikes)
Hiking boots (preferably waterproof)
Hiking socks
Wooly Hat and/or Sun Hat
Swimming togs
Bathing Towels (not supplied at accommodation)
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Rucksack of around 25-30 litres capacity
Walking poles (optional)

For further information contact conor@designfactory.ie

Links
The Connemara Loop
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYknm0UkEdU
Love Connemara videos
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LagOCTsjvSs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij-7u6rMSEE
Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens | A drone in Connemara
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kIiu8gbL7Q
Wild Atlantic Way
www.wildatlanticway.com/home

State of the art facilities and equipment
The external campus buildings were designed by the internationally acclaimed O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, renowned for their work on other educational institutions such as the Saw Swee Hock student centre at the London School of Economics (2009). The ‘old building’ dates from the nineteenth century and has recently been restored and refurbished following conservation standards. ATU Connemara works proactively to limit the impact of its operations on the environment and to nurture principles of sustainability within its teaching and learning.

The ATU Connemara machine halls and bench rooms are fully equipped and include CNC and laser technology, as well as robotics. The laboratories and workrooms are designed as highly efficient environments. There are two fully equipped computer laboratories and WiFi throughout the campus.

 

 

Curriculum
One-to-one and group instruction with leading Irish and international designers from the worlds of graphic design, architecture, product and furniture design.

  • Juried reviews and guest lectures with noted international and local designers.
  • Workshop: Students explore diverse modes of 2D and 3D techniques through a variety of digital tools. Students are exposed to diverse design methodologies while experimenting with and exploring the properties of different materials. Supervised access to the ATU Connemara 3D workshops with CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital manufacturing for the realisation of 2D and 3D design expressions.
  • Exploring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way: Every afternoon guided walking tours and research trips will connect students with Connemara’s extraordinary landscape— Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Fjord, Inishturk Island, Renvyle and Clifden.
  • Portfolio Development: Focused workshops with leading Irish and international designers for the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, architecture, installations, abstract and environmental design. ATU Connemara technicians will also be available to assist students with the making of 3-dimensional design expressions using contemporary furniture manufacturing technologies.
  • Crits and Pin-Ups: Students engage in ‘desk crits’ with faculty and ‘pin-up’ reviews with their studio group. At the end of the programme, students produce a public group exhibition.

Accommodation
Student apartments are situated near the college campus. These are of excellent quality and each participant will have their own room with shared living room and bathroom, 3 students per apartment. Fully equipped kitchen which includes a fridge, stove and microwave oven. The residence is two minutes walk from the college campus.

Food
The Course Fee does not include daily meals, except for the opening and closing dinners. However, the college campus is situated in the village of Letterfrack in Connemara, Co. Galway, an area full of restaurants and bars offering lunches and evening meals.

Location
ATU Connemara is the National Centre of Excellence for Furniture Design and Wood Technology and is in a beautiful setting at the entrance to Connemara National Park on the Wild Atlantic Way. It has been synonymous with the study of design since 1987 and has excellent workshops and facilities for all activities required at the Design West Summer School for 2023.

What To Bring
Laptop (MacBook Pro or PC equivalent)
Basic art materials
Camera and/or Smart Phone
Waterproof jacket and pants (moderate and hard hikes)
Hiking boots (preferably waterproof)
Hiking socks
Wooly Hat and/or Sun Hat
Swimming togs
Bathing Towels (not supplied at accommodation)
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Rucksack of around 25-30 litres capacity
Walking poles (optional)

For further information contact conor@designfactory.ie

Links
The Connemara Loop
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYknm0UkEdU
Love Connemara videos
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LagOCTsjvSs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij-7u6rMSEE
Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens | A drone in Connemara
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kIiu8gbL7Q
Wild Atlantic Way
www.wildatlanticway.com/home

State of the art facilities and equipment
The external campus buildings were designed by the internationally acclaimed O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, renowned for their work on other educational institutions such as the Saw Swee Hock student centre at the London School of Economics (2009). The ‘old building’ dates from the nineteenth century and has recently been restored and refurbished following conservation standards. ATU Connemara works proactively to limit the impact of its operations on the environment and to nurture principles of sustainability within its teaching and learning.

The ATU Connemara machine halls and bench rooms are fully equipped and include CNC and laser technology, as well as robotics. The laboratories and workrooms are designed as highly efficient environments. There are two fully equipped computer laboratories and WiFi throughout the campus.