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on Friday, 26 October 2012 in Design
Yesterday’s blog gave a small introduction into how I fell into Industrial Design and ultimately lead to me playing a part in this website. Two weeks ago I finally got to visit a mould company to see how moulds are made for the manufacture of glass bottles, I’ve been asking for 6 years since I started and finally they let us out. The plan was that we could go over to England for 3-4 days and spend a day in the carious companies we deal with but when it was finally decided that we could be let out we only got to visit one company and for one day only. The whole experience got me thinking about work placement and summer jobs when we are in college, in that my attitude to both in college and work was similar which is something I regret. Let me explain, I remember when I decided I wanted to do Industrial Design in Sligo, the thing which I thought was great was the fact we got to go out on work placement, to me this...
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Ten Years Ago (How time flies)

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on Friday, 19 October 2012 in Design
  This day ten years ago I was about 6 weeks (there or there abouts) into a new life, I had started the Industrial Design course in IT Sligo and truth be told I hadn’t a clue what I was at. I was probably like a few others in my course, I didn’t really know was Industrial Design was. When filling out the CAO form I kept changing between it and civil engineering, at the last minute I went up to my uncles house to use the internet because we didn’t have the internet at home (how times have changed), and had resorted to asking my 5 year old brother what I should do. All I knew was since I’d discovered art in secondary school I wanted to do something in Art and Design, I didn’t know what but I wanted to do something. Actually deep down I was more into the art end of things, never really thought of design but I knew that I wouldn’t get a job from Fine Art, not that I was really thinking of a...
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New Blog posts coming soon...

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on Friday, 12 October 2012 in Design
Hey folks, it’s been a while since we had anything up here on the blog for various reason. For myself there’s been some big changes in my life during the summer which have caused me to evaluate my life and hopefully this site will be able to benefit from that. I’ve had a number of ideas for post floating around in my head the last while which I’m currently working on so hopefully in the next few weeks I will start getting some of them posts up....
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The UEFA EURO 2012 logo

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on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 in Design
Visual identityThe purpose of the logo is to give UEFA EURO 2012™ a personality of its own, with the visual identity to be applied across a range of promotional applications from tickets to web banners. The objective is to help promote the tournament – one of the world's biggest sporting events – by providing an easily recognisable identity with a flavour of the host nations. The logo takes its visual lead from 'wycinanka', the traditional art of paper cutting practised in rural areas of Poland and Ukraine, as a tribute to the fauna and flora of the region. EURO bloomThe 'bloom' logo has a flower representing each of the co-host nations and a central ball symbolising the emotion and passion of the competition, while the stem denotes the structural aspect of the competition, UEFA and European football. Nature has inspired other features of the visual identity, with woodland green, sun yellow, aqua blue, sky blue and blackberry purple being the crucial tones of the palette of colours to figure in official tournament branding. Uniting ethosThe event slogan, meanwhile, is 'Creating...
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A foot note in ship design, a change in thought more than tech.

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  www.history.navy.mil USS Monitor, was a major change from the sailing ships of the time, the battle of Hampton roads brought in a new era of Ship design the ironclad was born. (Beginning on the modern Battleship which has also gone obsolete). The battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia that ended in a stalemate with neither side being able to inflect damage on the other ship brought the end of sailing (wooden) warship to armour plated hull. The Monitor built in amazingly 120 days to combat the threat from the Virginia. The Virginia was a rebuild of the former Steamship USS Merrimack a sailing/steamship, the ships lower hull which was undamaged was raised in to dry-dock so as to Construct a fully armoured casement structure. This means that in principle it was more less a floating armoured firing platform rather than an ironclad/battleship. The Monitor had a unique feature that it had a revolving turret (first of its kind) steam belt powered and a recoil system. The hull shape is interesting that it basically wasn’t very efficient (4/5...
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New talent fund of €100,000 available for Creative Businesses in the North West

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on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 in Design
Are you a Creative Business? Do you want to develop new income streams? Do you have the capacity to take on new projects? If so you’ll want to be at this free event in Sligo on Thursday 7th June to hear all about a new fund of over €100,000 that is targeted at creative industries in the North West; specifically Mayo, Leitrim, Donegal, Roscommon and Sligo. Hosted by The Creative State North West, we’re Calling all Creatives to a workshop that will not only tell you more about the fund, and the accompanying business support scheme – and crucially how to access them both- but will also help you to hone your business's “elevator pitch” through a speed pitching workshop with Sally Brazier.  You will also have the opportunity to hear from similar successful projects in the UK during the proof panel “The Power of Creative Partnerships” which will include researchers and participants from NESTA’s Creative Credits programme, a hugely successful project in the UK.  Ian Henry from Sizzle Media, one of the participants in the programme, will speak about the...
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itsligo end of year Design Exhibition

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  Students of Creative Design, Interior Design and Interior Architecture will display their work at their end of year shows at IT Sligo on Thursday May 31st. The BA Interior Architecture and BA Interior Design Student Exhibition will open at 5pm in Hume Hall in the Student Services Centre and the Creative Design Showcase will open at 7pm in Yeats Library. A culmination of work undertaken by students over the past semester will be on display and the creators will also be in attendance to discuss their work. Members of the public are invited to attend. tsligo.ie end of year Exhibitions  ...
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Form Follows Function

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on Sunday, 27 May 2012 in Design
As Industrial Designers we've all heard the quote "Form Follows Function" and I would hope that we understand what it means. For most of us it defines how we approach a design problem, but this may not always be the case. I suppose I've been reminded off this due to a number of interesting articles/interviews I read the last few weeks and it lead me to think about how we approach a design issue, especially when we were/are in college and when we first enter the design world. For you see I think many forget this quote and when they receive a brief (myself included) they straight away start into sketching pretty picture off what they would like it to look like forgetting that this has to perform a function...so maybe function is an afterthought to form? We think off all the cool products and designs we like, and see the cool sketches the designers show on these products... for example go take a look at the numerous website where people put up their doodles and sketches off sports shoe's. We just...
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Solidworks Tutorials from Sketchforsketch

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on Saturday, 12 May 2012 in Design
Good news folks, as some off you may have seen the first off a series off solidworks tutorials will be launched on the site this week, we're going to start off on an interesting subject, threads on bottles. Down the line we will also look at applying the same principles on other programs but for now we will concentrate on Solidworks. There will be a series off bottle thread tutorials, first up will be the basic wine bottle tutorial, then we will model a twist crown tutorial found on the likes off a beer bottle like miller, finally we will cover a tutorial on jar threads. If your lucky we may find another few types off finishes to do some tutorials. Hope its off value to everyone, I've seen some tutorials before on the subject but none are realistic for actually making tools....
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How a ship can capture your interest and imagination

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on Monday, 16 April 2012 in Design
  Titanic my thoughts, it’s funny how a ship can capture your interest and imagination. A Look into the construction and events that led up to or didn’t help in the disaster. Some of the points you have to understand are that it's easy to judge the disaster in the perception of a 21st century person. The fact of the matter is technology and manufacturing processes were different or more limited in scope as it is today. Titanic’s hull designed with a double bottom flat hull which gave greater space and more stability. The outer hull was constructed by riveting the steel plates together which is ok until rivets fail which would compromise the strength of the section. It was initially thought that the iceberg had cut a hole in the side of the ship, but further research shows that it had actually caused the hull to buckle in multiple places allowing water to enter between steel plates. Analysis of the plating from the titanic wreck found that it lost elasticity and became brittle in the icy water. (Including another...
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A look at the Titanic

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on Saturday, 14 April 2012 in Design
  As we celebrate the 100 years centenary of the Titanic, we remember all those who perished and pay tribute to the naval design and manufacturing tradition that once was. Some may reflect on the titanic design today and say yes, this was bad design because it failed, it sank, killing so many. However saying this, its demise in to the deep was caused by human error and bad material selection that was not fit for purpose. As we’re all aware, the titanic was made in Belfast by the Harland and Wolff’s shipbuilding company. It was originally Lord Pirrie (H&W) and Ismay (White Star Line) who came up with the idea to create three sister ships the Titanic, Olympic and the Gigantic (later to be renamed Britannic).The main purpose of theses huge steamships was to compete and capture the lucrative transatlantic business away from white stars rival, the Cunard. The most famous of the three sisters was the Titanic; she was the largest, and most luxurious ship ever built.   Designer Originally, the design of the titanic and its sister...
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We need Design bloggers

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on Thursday, 12 April 2012 in Design
If you would like to post blogs about design, please feel free to do so. Drop me a mail, thanks  ...
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