TU Dublin Lecturers Shortlisted for IDI Awards 2020

12 Oct, 2020

Four lecturers from the School of Creative Arts have been nominated for a prestigious Institute of Designers Ireland (IDI) Award.

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the largest and oldest association of Irish design professionals, and longest established creative forum in Ireland. It is committed to advancing the value and impact of design - inspiring, supporting and learning from one another along the way.

2020 IDI Awards TU Dublin Nominees 

Songs and the Soil, a publication designed by Louise Reddy, Design Lecturer, has been shortlisted for the IDI 2020 Design Awards in the Printed Book Design, Visual Communication category.

The publication was designed to coincide with artist and Fine Art Lecturer, Mark Garry’s exhibition entitled, Songs and the Soil which was hosted at the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, 2020. The exhibition engages with the subjects of  landscape and music/sound—exploring each element from historical, social and culturally associative perspectives; where the landscape is recognised as a fluid term articulating physical space, idealised space and social space that reflects a convergence of physical processes and cultural meaning, and where song act as a response to, or archive, of personal, historical or socio-political instances. The collaborative project integrates texts by Mark Garry, John Graham, Joanne Laws, Sharon Phelan, Suzanne Walsh, a transcription of a radio interview from 1974 with Charles Amirkhanian and the musician Robbie Basho and a script from Mark Garry's film An Lucht Siúil.

The selected images in the publication act as visual echoes of the artist’s creative motivations, intended to complement the textual contributions, functioning as a platform to extend the discourse of themes and topics embedded within the research. The design solution elicits direction from the synthesis of topics articulated within the contributors’ texts to create a composition that considers research commonalities and indirect interactions of topics that take place within the artist’s work. 

Published by Mark Garry and the TU Dublin School of Creative Arts, Technological University Dublin.

Editors / Mark Garry and Louise Reddy

Photography / Mark Garry and Simon Mills

Design and layout / Louise Reddy

Print / Impress Printing

John Walsh and Mark Ennis, lecturers in Product Design at the School of Creative Arts, have also received an IDI Award for a project that started with an Enterprise Innovation Voucher. The Agile Desk was designed by Mark and John for ergonomic furniture manufacturers Ergoji and Veyhl.

Agile One is designed to allow for agile, more active and less sedentary working and learning. Users can easily move from sitting to standing and can tilt the worksurface forward to a more comfortable work angle. The work surface can also be positioned vertically to act as a whiteboard, and when not in use the desk can be neatly nested for compact storage. While Agile One was designed primarily for education/ training environments, during the current pandemic, it has also proved to be great those looking for a simple ergonomic solution for working at home.


This Being Where We […] - is a publication led by writer Nathan O’Donnell and designed by TU Dublin lecturer Clare Bell, is comprised of two editions which have been nominated in the Printed Book Design category. 

The first of these, ‘The Mill’ was a project inspired by the history of the 1980s’ strikes at Clondalkin Paper Mill. It engaged with a group of young writers, Inklinks, (based in Collinstown Park Community College, Clondalkin), to produce content for a magazine. The outcome takes the form of the first publication ‘This Being Where We Live’, derived from the legacy of the strikes and a history of radical publishing. Clondalkin was home to one of the last of Ireland’s paper mills; the closure of the mill in 1982 marked the end of a centuries-old traditional industry along the Camac river, as well as generating an important moment in the history of protest in Ireland.

The second edition, ‘This Being Where We Play’, was produced out of a project, Streetwork, commissioned by Dublin City Arts Office and the Arts Council across 2018-19, and focused on Liberty Park, socially-engaged arts practice and creative children as agents of place-making. It arose from a consideration of Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is an affirmation that ‘every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities […] and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts’. This was discussed with the graduating class of the Central Model Senior School, Dublin 1, through a series of workshops. Following this, the children’s ideas were put into practice, using Liberty Park as a blank canvas that they redesigned, reimagined, coming up with all sorts of ideas and structures, written pieces. These were used as the basis for the content of the publication.

Edited by Nathan O’Donnell

Designed by Clare Bell

Letterpress workshops: Mary Plunkett (National Print Museum)

Photography and Co-facilitation: Louis Haugh

Printer: Ciaran Smith (Plus Print)

The winners of this year's IDI Awards will be announced the week commencing Monday, 19 October.