Thursday, 7 November 2013

Major International Conference on Design to Take Place in Dublin

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) will call on government to stimulate and promote Ireland’s creative industries at a major international design conference, taking place tomorrow, Friday, 8th November, in Dublin 8.

Over 200 design experts from 50 different countries will attend the Cumulus Dublin conference. Cumulus is the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, of which NCAD is a member. Hosted by NCAD, Cumulus Dublin takes place across a number of venues in Dublin 8 over a period of three days. The conference will focus on the theme of ‘design in an age of austerity’. 

Tomorrow, leading global design experts will give a series of keynote addresses from 9am to 10.30am at the Smock Alley Theatre, 6/7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8: · 

At 9am, Professor Alex Milton, Head of Design at NCAD, will officially open the day’s proceedings. He will call on government to take concrete actions to invest, develop and promote Ireland’s creative industries. He will also reflect on the legacy of poor design choices during the Celtic Tiger years, and the role ‘design thinking’ can play in our economic recovery. · 

From 9.15am to 10.30am, two of the most accomplished designers on the global stage will deliver keynote addresses: NCAD graduate Paul Adams, who played a lead role in creating Google+ and is a former global head of brand design for Facebook, and visionary German designer Werner Aisslinger. ·
Throughout tomorrow afternoon and Saturday, a range of workshops will take place at Smock Alley Theatre and on the NCAD campus. 

The full conference programme is available at: