Irish Design 2015 – Making Design Matter details the activities and achievements of the landmark Government-backed initiative promoting Irish design at home and around the world
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., on Friday 16 December, officially launched Irish Design 2015 – Making Design Matter, a report on the Government-backed Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) initiative convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland throughout 2015 on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation.
The aim of ID2015, which emerged as an idea from the Global Irish Economic Forum in 2013, was to bring visibility to Ireland’s dynamic design businesses, supporting them in trading in competitive foreign markets and ultimately creating jobs at home. The programme saw Irish design and designers being celebrated and promoted both at home and in prestigious partner venues in international capitals of design and commerce in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness.
Key outcomes of ID2015 include:
- 476 Irish designers/companies showcased internationally
- 6486 Irish designers/companies showcased on the island of Ireland
- 370 new design businesses registered in Ireland during 2015
- Over 17,000 designers receiving training
- Over 1,500 business professionals receiving design training
- 80+ corporate and strategic partnerships created
Irish Design 2015 – Making Design Matter offers a comprehensive examination of the year, including:
- a series of essays by key participants
- spotlight reports on various projects mounted throughout the year
- group discussions featuring leading Irish and international figures from the sector
- an analysis of the impact of the year’s activities
Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland says there has been a surge in recognition and appreciation internationally for the quality, diversity and provenance of work emerging from Ireland but momentum needs to be maintained in order to reap the benefits of ID2015 and ensure a lasting legacy from last year’s initiative. According to Ms. Hennessy, Ireland’s creative sector is now engaging at a much higher level as a result of the many ID2015 initiatives launched last year, with numerous partnerships established between the design and business communities, creating opportunities for collaborations going forward.
Irish Design 2015 – Making Design Matter is available to purchase online from Amazon.co.uk and Maven as well as from the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) for €15.00 plus postage and packaging.
As a follow-up to the successful delivery of ID2015, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland was mandated by Government to work with relevant partner organisations in commencing the development of a design strategy for Ireland. DCCoI has been leading a consultation process working with an advisory group of industry representatives and stakeholders. The resulting consultation paper is due to be completed for submission to Government in the coming weeks and will inform plans for developing Ireland’s design capability and for encouraging design thinking across all sectors.