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Design Week 2011

Design Week is back and is more regional than ever. It is also very prominently sponsored by Crown Paints.

This year’s event comes in the wake of Dublin’s (sadly unsuccessful) bid for World Design Capital 2014, with the design-fancying masses nicely warmed up by the hard work of the Pivot Dublin team.

Events this year include exhibitions, pecha kucha style talks and conferences. The best source for information on these events is the Design Week booklet, created by Associate and available for download from the Design Week site.

Here are a choice few events from the hallowed tome, to get you in the mood:

Wednesday 2nd November


Dyson Student Creativity Day 2011

This year, the Tullamore Court Hotel plays host to The Dyson Student Creativity Day. This multi-disciplinary event brings design students from all over Ireland together in a day-long design challenge. The Irish Dyson Award will also be presented as part of the day.
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Thursday 3rd November


Design Pecha Kucha Night

Limerick city hosts a multi-disciplinary Pecha Kucha night, with the theme “design can change”. Free admission.
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Design Pub Quiz

Does what it says on the tin really. 8pm in Bourke’s Bar, Catherine St, Limerick
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Friday 4th November


The Design Process within Alessi: A Talk by Mr Matteo Alessi

A rare opportunity to meet Mr Alessi himself and to learn more about how the Italian powerhouse works day to day. This talk is free of charge and will take place at the Alessi Concession in Brown Thomas, Grafton Street.
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Ignite Dublin logoDefuse 3: Design for Use

This year’s Defuse event takes place in the Sugar Club, where the Dublin IxDA community and some of Ireland’s experts in Interaction Design share stories using the Ignite format (“20 x slides | 15 x seconds | 12 x explosive talks”)
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UD Flash Conference: Universal Design in Irish Education and the Universal Design Challenge Awards Programme

This one’s a two-parter with a conference run by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, part of the National Disability Authority of Ireland and in collaboration with the Royal College of Art (UK) Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Designhub, Co. Offaly, followed by the Universal Design Challenge Awards Programme.
The conference takes place in the Tullamore Court Hotel and will see six speakers present on projects to integrate Universal Design ideas into second and third level education in Ireland. After the conference, the Universal Design Challenge Competition will take place, with design teams presenting their ideas and competing for awesome prizes.
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During the Week


DIT Designing With Communities Exhibition

The DIT Programme for Students Learning With Communities presents an exhibition of the projects undertaken by architecture and design students within DIT in conjunction with their local communities and not-for-profit organisations. This showcase of work takes place in the Civic Offices in Wood Quay, Dublin.
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Designhub Exhibition 2011: The Business of Design

Tullamore hosts an opportunity for designers to showcase their work and network with their peers and potential clients. This event aims to promote the problem solving nature of design as a tool for innovation.
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For more details on these events or on Design Week itself, get in touch with the Design Week team on their website: or Facebook Page:

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