New forum forges creative design possibilities

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An NCAD graduate who currently works as a designer for LEGO and a midlands innovator who has designed a new touch screen pad for iPads and Androids are just two of the people who will be speaking at the first Forge Design Forum.

The Forum takes place at the Coach House, Dublin Castle on Saturday 2nd November from 9.30am to 6pm. The Forge Design Forum creates alliances between Irish manufacturers and designers. Forge brings two groups of people with different but mutually beneficial skills together – designers and manufacturers. Alliances between these two groups can help Irish companies get more innovative and exciting products to market.

Forge is the brainchild of Rosemary Ryan from The Malthouse Design Centre who saw the need for a specific product design event to facilitate greater collaboration amongst designers and Irish manufacturers. To bring this event to life she joined forces with two Dublin based designers Elizabeth Fingleton from Klickity and Simon Keogh from Urban Assembly.

 “We want to offer a platform which helps Irish manufacturers expand the possibilities beyond their everyday operations to discover a new pathway to growth through collaboration with product designers”, says Rosemary Ryan.

 Forge aims to establish clear routes to market for product designers by capitalising on existing Irish manufacturing bases leading to mutually beneficial relationships and subsequent economic growth.

Irish designers from both home and abroad will share their journey, along with insights on how design can bring value and benefits to any business. John Cuppage, a former industrial design graduate from The National College of Art & Design and currently a designer in LEGO, Denmark, will speak about his experiences at the event.

Noel Joyce of Design Hub in Tullamore, Co. Offaly has developed a new type of touch screen pen for devices such as iPads and Android tablets. He will share his knowledge at Forge as he sets his sights on making his first €1m, just four years after graduating from Institute of Technology Carlow.


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