Modern Practice

Modern Practice

One of the key reasons for starting 100 Archive is to help map the ever diversifying practice of graphic design. 20 years ago graphic designers seem to have been cut from a fairly similar cloth, the reality today is very different. While clients still view us as interchangeable professionals (which I think we do too quite often) this isn't the case. Design is universal, but the way we practice it as professionals isn't. We have different motivations, contexts, values, ambitions and areas of focus. Different scales, objectives, budgets, timelines and personal tastes.

As 2015 is the year of Irish design we wanted to undertake a survey of sorts. To get a better sense of the ways we work, the roles we play and the impact we make. We've asked a wide range of designers/studios to answer a set of questions that will hopefully shine some light on the commonalities and contradictions of being a graphic designer at the start of the 21st century.

2nd March 2016

Modern Practice: Kasia Ozmin
Kasia Ozmin

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? If I had to tweet the answer I’d say: “Worked really hard, always asked questions and desperately tried to keep the standards high.” But since you…

23rd February 2016

Modern Practice: Seán Mongey
Seán Mongey

What’s your background? How did you get to where you are? When I was in school I thought I wanted to be an animator, then did a transition year placement in a graphic design agency and wasn’t into it. So I applied to …

2nd February 2016

Modern Practice: WeMakeDesign
Nik Dillon

What’s your background? How did you get to where you are? We both graduated from National College of Art & Design with a Visual Communications degree, way back when. We’ve about 20 years experience each, working here …

13th November 2015

Modern Practice: Lara Hanlon
Lara Hanlon

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? Okay so my design background doesn’t have much of a history as of yet. In 2013 I graduated from the Design in Visual Communications programme at IADT, Dun Laoghaire, …

13th November 2015

Modern Practice: JP Hartnett
John-Patrick Hartnett

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? I first studied at IADT where my ideas…

12th November 2015

Modern Practice - Paul Woods
Paul Woods

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? After finishing high school, I had the naive notion that I wanted to be an artist, so I went to study fine art at the National College of Art and Design. After quickly …

15th October 2015

Kathryn Wilson
Kathryn Wilson

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? I'm from just outside Belfast and at 18 I got accepted onto the Central Saint Martins foundation course so I left school and moved to London. It was a really big change…

13th October 2015

Modern Practice - The Project Twins
Michael Fitzerald

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? We both studied visual …

1st October 2015

Modern Practice: Wayne Daly
Wayne Daly

What’s your background? How did you get to where you are?

 I was born in Kilkenny and grew up in Wexford town (with a stint on the south coast of England in-between). Early interests in graphic design and …

22nd September 2015

Modern Practice - Simon Richards
Simon Richards

What's your background? Graduated from Falmouth School of Art, then headed straight to London. Here, I worked at a number of design agencies, worked with some inspiring directors, before joining what was The Identity Business in …

16th September 2015

Sue Murphy
Sue Murphy

What's your background? I got hooked on the internet when I was even shorter than I am now and started making websites. During my summer holidays from school I used to take classes in digital media at a college in Cork, basically …

8th September 2015

Paula McEntee
Paula McEntee

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE? I studied Visual Communications in DIT Mountjoy Square, graduating in 2002. On ‘mature recollection’ going from secondary school in Monaghan, straight into …

1st September 2015

Patrick Mullen
Patrick Mullen

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? I studied Vis Comm in IADT and worked in Dublin for 6 wonderful years before moving to London almost 2 years ago, on a plane. …

25th August 2015

Sinéad McDevitt
Sinéad McDevitt

How did you get to where you are?  Balanced diet, daily exercise… No but seriously, in terms of where I am right now: I would say I got here by: – genuinely loving the challenge of a delicious creative …

19th August 2015

Modern Practice - Jamie Murphy
Jamie Murphy

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? I studied Visual Communications at the National College of Art & Design (2002 – 2006) where I was particularly focused on book design and letterpress printing. …

13th August 2015

Modern Practice - Shane Delahunty
Shane Delahunty

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? To be honest, I’m not really too sure. I’ve somewhat bumbled my way to being a designer. When I left school I started studying Commerce in UCD. After a year I …

5th August 2015

Noelle Cooper
Noelle Cooper

What's your background? How did you get to where you are? I graduated from Visual Communications in DIT in 2003. Prior to that I did a course in Design Presentation which was essentially a portfolio course, that’s where I …

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