An Pucan is arguably one of Ireland’s best bars. They approached us to transform their beer garden into a ‘Fever Tree Tonic’ and ‘Bombay Gin’ inspired garden.
The theme of the garden is ‘All is not what it seems’ and this was achieved through a number design elements within the garden from the steel forest through to the completely bespoke gin & tonic tables.
The colour palette of the garden is a mix of the two brands; blue for Bombay Gin and yellow for Fever Tree Tonic.
The permanent counters encase bottles of both Bombay and Fever Tree and float behind a metal cage. The countertops are zinc clad with branded elements etched onto each one.
The steel forest is comprised of 3.9 metre high pillars with branch style cut outs and are up-lit from the inside.
The artificial trees have LED cherry blossoms to create soft lighting in contrast to the stark steel.
the word ‘GALWAY’ is hung on the wall and is up-lit from the bottom creating an instagram worthy memory.
The gin & tonic tables show a number of flavour combinations encased in a resin tabletop.
The furniture is made from a combination of steel and wood and sits nicely alongside the other more colourful elements in the garden.
The words ‘Gin & Tonic’ are hand drawn and hand painted onto the ground in the bombay blue.
Hyde Bar, which is part of the Forster Court Hotel in Galway, has recently launched as a dedicated Gin Bar with over 500 gins in their ‘Gin Bible’ - which we also designed and can be viewed here.
Hyde Bar wanted to install a permanent feature flower wall that showcased the Hyde brand and colour scheme and that would be visible to passersby.
The result was a cascading feature wall made with over 7,500 artificial flowers. The logo is embossed so that it is 3D and is surrounded by a more densely coloured red and blue so as to contrast with the logo. The wall ‘explodes’ up onto the ceiling and into the void with vertical, long-stemmed flowers hanging down.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin approached us to design 12 lamps for Hyde Bar - a dedicated gin bar in Galway.
2 standing lamps and 10 tabletop lamps were designed and made using the brand materials of copper and wood.
The Gunpowder bottle is the feature of each lamp and is also used to house the bulb. The blue hue of the bottle contrasts beautifully with the copper structure to give off an ambient light.
Jameson Approached us to create an installation in An Púcán in Galway City. The goal was to create an engaging and functional installation that would create a social media sharing opportunity while maintaining and showcasing the Jameson Caskmates brand.
This was achieved by creating a photo opportunity with a black leather bench. When lowered the bench switches on LED lights that showcase the Caskmates brand. The wood and copper materials used in the installation are central to the Jameson brand and reinforce the deep history and manufacturing processes of the brand.
The outer barrels are filled with actual Jameson Cakmates and are suspended off the wall.
The word JAMESON is made of wood and copper piping. Underneath the copper cage there is an illustrated story of how Jameson company was set up.
90+ meters of copper pipe, 500 copper joints, 100s of LEDs and 20 litres of Jameson Caskmates.
Irish Whiskey Magazine launched a limited edition gift box for Christmas 2017.
The gift box includes 4 editions of Irish Whiskey Magazine, a limited edition calendar and a discount code towards a subscription for the magazine. The side of the box is perforated and can be tore off and transformed into a binder to house your Irish Whiskey Magazine collection.
This result is the perfect Christmas gift for any whiskey lover.
See more projects for Irish Whiskey Magazine
Packaging for Whiskey Glass
An Púcán - a popular pub in Galway - approached us to design bespoke table numbers for busy match days.
The table numbers needed to be visible above all other elements on a table, light enough to be carried back and forth and tie in with the existing look and feel of the pub.
The result was a mini Púcán shaped base with highlights of yellow to reinforce the characteristic yellow of the pub exterior. The numbers were laser cut onto the yellow sail and are visible from both sides.
The tables numbers are hand-made with 21 processes involved in the assembly and production.
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These rooms were design, manufactured and installed as part of the installation for Entrepreneurial People in Lyon, France. Each room is themed around a specific entrepreneur and the medium that is represented on the wall reflects their personality or background.
Richard Branson: 20,000 red airplanes were laser cut into 5 different sizes. Richard's face and the quote itself were mapped out onto the 10 meter wide wall and each individual plane was glued one by one into place, creating a dynamic and textured finish for the most important and business room in their office. The other 2 walls in that room contain 2 other quotes by Richard, one made from laser cut plywood covered in newspaper to represent his 1st business venture in college running a newspaper, and the second quote is laser cut from Vinyl Records representing Virgin Records.
Biz Stone: Twitter themed room with the speech bubble painted onto the wall and the bird/text laser cut from acrylic.
Michael Jordan: Matte black vinyl covered the glass surrounding the whiteboard creating privacy for the office from the other rooms. A silhouette of Michael Jordan was mapped out onto the vinyl and cut out, creating a dynamic break between spaces. Orange letters were laser cut from acrylic.
Henry Ford: A more industrial look was chosen for the finish here - copper. Henry's name was put into a logo-type with a mustang horse.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: As the author of Little Price, the artwork of the room was based around his original book visuals but with a more minimal approach. The character was painted onto the wall and letters laser cut from acrylic.
Gary Vaynerchuk: Based around his bigger-than-life personality we painted half if his face onto the wall coming our from behind the structural pillar in the room. The text is laser cut from white acrylic.
Courtyard: We designed, drew and installed a large face of a cow wearing sunglasses to brighten up the office courtyard and create a garden feel with the artificial grass covering the gravel on the light vents. The cow was drawn with markers and installed using a traditional street art installation process.
CHM Group are a Traffic Management and Highway Solutions company based in Cookstown Industrial Estate. Their recent office move presented an opportunity for us to create brand resonate spaces and reinforce the work that they do for both their personnel and their clients.
Design consultancy was provided for the office interior and building exterior including their warehouse.
Design features of the spaces
- Walls were painted in directional strips and arrows to guide visitors and personnel throughout the building.
- A logo lightbox was designed and produced for their reception area.
- 3 quotes were installed on 3 separate walls to highlight CHM values and standard of work.
- Windows were covered with frosting to enhance privacy as a lot of the individual offices are surrounded by windows. Shapes synonymous with Traffic Management were cut into the frosting.
The result was a very happy client with a new office interior that welcomes clients and a pleasing work environment.
We visited our good friends The White Hag Irish Brewing Co.'s Hagstravaganza beer festival in Sligo last weekend and took some portrait shots of the brewers and staff. The goal was to showcase the characters behind these amazing beers by taking unique and quirky individual portraits.
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As part of the full installation for Entrepreneurial People in Lyon, France, we designed and hand made a number of tactile wall art objects to go with the themes of each room. Each room featured an entrepreneur and the the medium that the objects were made of reflected their backgrounds.
Muhammad Ali: The letters "ALI" were made to resemble boxing gloves. Structural material created the base and stitched red leather was taught across the foam-covered structure, so that they not only look like gloves, they feel like them also. The wall was painted in 3-colour theme that worked with the branding of the company. The quote itself was laser cut out of white acrylic and each letter glued onto the wall.
Oprah Winfrey: Based on her celebrity and TV background we though that Light was a good medium to represent her visual. The quote is made from laser cut acrylic boxes and her name is made from 7 layers of laser cut acrylic. All the objects are internally lit up with LEDs and wired across so that it can be switched on during the evening.
Coco Chanel: The letters were hand made by creating a thick structure as a base and then stitching tweed fabric over the structure. This is to resemble the Chanel clothing style to honour her legacy in fashion. The quote was laser cut from white acrylic.
Irish Whiskey Magazine approached us with a goal of designing beautiful and sustainable packaging for their magazine. The brief called for an experiential and educational element for the whiskey enthusiast.
A timeline of the whiskey journey was etched onto the packaging using a laser cutting process. Each stage from grain to bottle is represented. As the package is opened, the perforation subtly guides the end customer through the rich history of Irish Whiskey.
A cocktail menu designed and produced for An Púcán in Galway.
The cut angle of the menu gives it movement similar to that of a sail on a boat.
The yellow accents of the menu are taken from the characteristic exterior of the pub.
The menu paper is laser cut with the sponsor logos screen printed along the bottom.
As part of the installation, Entrepreneurial People Coworking Hub in Lyon, France were looking for 3 signage visuals to be put up both at the front door and within the offices.
3 signs were created using CNC and Laser cutting production processes. The front door logo was laser cut and each letter was individually glued onto the mapped out sign. The 2 larger logos were CNC cut from 20mm timber and sprayed with Polyurathane paint.
Menus designed for Forster Court Hotel in Galway.
Logo is cnc'd into the menu and hand sprayed in white.
Elastic bands hold the menu paper in place.
CHM Group is Ireland's number one Traffic Management service provider. The company approached us looking to re-design their main booklet which outlined all the services they provide, and they were looking for a fresh idea for the design direction.
Based on a number of initial meetings it became clear that CHM Group are all about the people who work there, and it's those people who are out there providing a service, be it Traffic Management, 3D design, Road & Line Marking, etc. We held a number of photoshoots where we captured images which best represented each division and separated the booklet into spreads, allowing plenty of space for each topic to be explained and sub-services to be outlined.
The end product ended up being a main square shape booklet with a soft touch cover which outlined all of the above. Additionally to that, we ended up designing 2 supporting booklets which went into more detail about 2 specific topics - Integrated services and Road& Line Markings. The supporting booklets can be used as stand-alones by themselves.
A series of portraits showcasing the judging panel, guests and speakers at the Kinsale Shark Awards networking breakfast
Irish Whiskey Magazine approached us to design simple packaging for a Whiskey Glass that customers could purchaseon their website for €5 with all proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.
We designed and manufactured a laser cut box keeping it consistent with the magazine packaging by using the same material, shapes and process.
The result was a sturdy packaging that would withstand shipping and would be an added value to the customer purchasing the glass.
We were asked to come up with an initial branding proposal for a new craft brewery in Arthurstown, Co.Wexford by on of the founders.
The brewery name and location had a very strong historical character based around the landing of the Templars so the branding was designed around the story of the landing, establishing the town, growing crop and making beer.
A series of mockup labels, logo mockup and general branding proposals were created for the project to show the character of the brand and the rich history of the town while putting a modern twist on a classical look.
Homestay Language School were looking to create a poster to promote their services throughout schools around Europe. Their key learning aspect was one-on-one learning where the student gets to spend a full week in their home and learn English both through study and experience of Ireland (hikind, sailing, sightseeing, sports, etc.).
Our approach was to represent the same service from 3 different scales so we created a close up scene of an book being used by a student and the teacher. On one of the pages there is a zoomed out shot of the same scene where the student and the teacher are placed into a room which is made up of the elements from the school house showing the educational yet homely one-on-one approach. The other side of the book shows an even more zoomed out version of the same scene where the school house itself is placed into an Irish seaside town (representing Dun Laoghaire where the school is located) and is surrounded by a surreal collage of Irish landscapes and scenery, showing the experiences that the course brings.
3 signs we designed, got produced and installed for the Brickyard Gastropub in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland as part of a larger project. The place has an industrial but clean atmosphere inside but it wasn't obvious from the road so 3 large steel slabs were cut out and installed.
All 3 are laser cut from COR-TEN steel and the white letters are laser cut from opal acrylic and perfectly slotted into the holes cut through the steel. A light strip was installed into a half-pipe cavity behind the white letters so that it lights them up individually at night.
Naturally all 3 signs are extremely heavy so installation was fun to say the least, especially for the sign above the door. It's vertically supported by concrete bolts off the concrete balcony above it and weighing at nearly 100kg plenty of man-power was required to get it into place.
CHM Group is a dynamic Irish company providing a range of Traffic Management Solutions to Local Authorities, private contractors and consultancies nationwide.
We work with CHM Group on a continuous basis to cultivate their brand identity. We have developed this by utilising a number of promotional streams including social media to convey the people behind the work.
We have developed a number of templates to provide information about the people in the company, the services that they provide and updates about roadworks in specific locations across Ireland.
View some of other work with CHM in the links below:
Website Design and Development
A project we did to brand a new Gastropub in Strandhill, Co.Sligo. The original brief from the client was to have the coolest pub around and 2 months later we delivered. During that time we designed, developed and even produced many of unique and bespoke items like special patters and food crates, sourced then branded other items like milk bottles, water bottles and coffee cups, and sourced other smaller items like napkins and cutlery. The project included the following:
Full branding - pub name suggestions, logo, colours, fonts, custom imagery, uniforms, newspaper ads, social media, etc.
Food presentation - food menu, special platters, food crates, plates, table centrepieces, serving paper, copper/plant dishes, salt/pepper, etc.
Drink presentation - drink menu, jars, milk bottles, shot glasses (mini jam jars), other bottles, full range of glassware, ice buckets (copper sauna bucket), branded pint glasses, beer tasting crates, shot glass crates, enamel tea/coffee range, shakers, takeaway cups, etc.
Interior/exterior branding/design - Exterior signage, interior wall-phrases and general idea input, Butcher paper rolls for wall menus, etc.
Our full team on this project included the 3 of us (Max, Neil, Ralph) as well as
Sam Kirwan (Awkward Social) - Copywriting, research, design input, production.
Kevin Goss Ross - Design, photography, research, production.
Vincent Byrne - Interior design input, design, research, production.
Huge thanks to the guys at the Potting Shed Dublin for the initial brainstorming session. The interior design for the pub was designed externally by Paul Haffey Design.
We designed this custom serving container for Brickyard Gastropub in Dundrum as part of a larger interior/product design project for them. The dimensions of the container are in exact proportion to a standard brick as a play on the name of the gastropub. The client wanted a multi-purpose serving container for sharing food e.g. bread, chips, nachos etc.
The container was laser cut from birch plywood with the 'B' logo lasered onto the corner of the box. These lightweight multipurpose containers are the perfect addition to this fast-paced, busy restaurant / gastropub in Dundrum.
A series of portraits taken at the All Ireland Craft Beer Festival, Showcasing the Breweries, Distilleries, and Vendors.
Steve Shortt is a professional sales coach, business mentor and entrepreneur. Having originally designed a branding package for Steve, he us to design a website for him that would allow him house all of his background, experience, content -such as blogs and vlogs - and availability under one roof.
The website involved using custom CSS to create a number of features that would incorporate the Steve Shortt branding seamlessly into the website, showcase upcoming events and a blog that can be updated daily with varying content formats.
The result is a professional brand website showcasing the wealth of experience that Steve has.
Steve Shortt is a professional sales coach, business mentor and entrepreneur. Having initially designed a branding package and website for his personal brand we were tasked with creating an educational day to day vlog of Steve.
Entitled "Daily Shortts" these Vlogs were created using footage shot in Lyon and France by Steve and his team. Using Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe After Effects we created an individual style and theme for the Vlog. In the initial series of Vlogs, we created 33 episodes.
Using up-tempo quirky music and fast stylistic cuts we created an informative yet exciting series of Vlogs.
A series of portraits taken at the Kinsale Shark Awards. Showcasing the Delegates, jurors, and Speakers at this inspirational event.
Steve Shortt is an Entrepreneur, Sales Coach and Business Mentor who was looking to develop his personal brand as an individual to differentiate himself.
We worked on the idea that Steve's work as a Sales coach and Public Speaker is based around the words that he delivers to his listeners. People listen to him speak and just like in any body of text at the end there is the full stop resembling the end to speech. A clean logo was developed using 2 thicknesses of the same font as a single body with a coloured full stop at the end representing the speech idea.
This custom menu was designed for Brickyard Gastropub as part an overall interior/product design project we worked with them on.
The menus are laser cut from birch plywood with quirky/factual information about the various types of beer that is served at Brickyard laser cut into the back of the menu. The handle is made from hand cut, terracota colour, leather which is secured and finished by hand on each menu. The paper cover is a cement colour (a nod to the brick once again) with 'fine linen' embossing and hand finished with beeswax to ensure longevity.
The copper hanging rack was designed specifically for the menus to spell out the word 'BRICK' when hung on the wall at the gastropub. Each menu has an individual letter laser cut into it in the style of Brickyard's branding.
These quirky and practical menus create a talking point amongst customers and double up as a beautiful product that can be hung with pride on the wall of the gastropub.
Avis Ireland are part of the Avis brand, an international car rental agency. Operating in over 5,000 locations in 165 countries across the globe Avis is now one of the world's top brands within the car hire industry.
We work with Avis Ireland on a continuous basis designing and developing artwork for their social media pages. We have developed a number of templates, based on information provided by the client, to distinguish various posts while still maintaining a uniform look that is within the branding guidelines.
We also work with Avis on various projects on an ad hoc basis including; images for their car rental tablet, graphics for advertisements and other promotional material both for web and print.
CHM Group are Ireland's largest Traffic Management company. Based in Dublin, they have been at the forefront of the evolution of temporary Traffic Management and Motorway Maintenance in Ireland for the past fifteen years.
CHM approached us to design their website so that it would align with the corporate identity that we had created for their promotional material including booklets and flyers.
The photography we had shot for the booklet was repurposed for a number of pages on the website and reference the same pages on the website as in the booklet to maintain a consistency.
A photoshoot was set up for the team portraits and were taken in a very clean style to represent the professionalism of the company and the industry.
Each page on the website maintains the CHM purple branding with the people behind the company as the focus of the corporate identity.
1 of 2 Skeleton winter sport suit and helmet we designed for an Irish athlete on his way to qualify for the next Winter Olympics. The suit was a play on the green to represent Ireland and also to shape the athlete by darkening and highlighting different areas. The helmet features an angry dog from the Cú Chulainn story biting on a Sliotar.
The client was looking to transform their existing print shop into a double-size space by taking over the adjacent retail unit and extending it across while at the same time re-branding everything about it.
The idea was to create workshop-like space with exposed raw materials and a raw industrial look to it.
When we started pulling back the walls we discovered that there were on average 4-6 layers added to the wall over the years and behind all those layers was beautiful original brick wall and a mysterious door that leads to nothing. We used a combination of chipboard, birchply and mdf - which are all common building materials - to create a workshop space, furniture and signage that are both functional and eye catching.
The final product ended up being a very tall and dynamic space which is now heavily used by Dublin Print Co for all their printing and production needs.
Budget Car Rental is a leading car rental agency in Ireland. As part of the Budget global network, the brand exists in over 3900 locations in 125 countries
We work with Budget Car Rental Ireland on a continuous basis designing and developing artwork for their social media pages. We have developed a number of templates and games, based on information provided by the client, to distinguish various posts while still maintaining a uniform look that is within the branding guidelines.
We also work with Budget Car Rental Ireland on various projects on an ad hoc basis including; Website graphics, graphics for advertisements and other promotional material both for web and print.
Aimee Connolly is a make-up artist, business woman and entrepreneur. With a column in the Sunday World and regularly featuring on Xposé, Aimee decided to develop her own range of make-up products.
The client wanted an e-commerce website to sell products from and also present all other aspects of her brand on a professional platform.
The result was a sophisticated and elegant e-commerce website.
An artwork we designed for a bar shutter installation for the Maldron Hotel Parnell Sq. The client came to us with an issue that they had a black bar shutter that their customers had to look at every morning during breakfast. They were looking for a montage of images that represented Ireland.
We put together a chopped up collage using amazing images from all over Ireland and created a seamless feel by blending the foreground and horizons while keeping the middle of the photos chopped up. The landscape spans between 2 seas and is a combination of scenery, animals and roads.
The artwork was printed and installed by Russell at WallArt.
A printed program we did for the Irish Sponsorship Summit event in February 2016. These were distributed among the attendees and were a reflection of the branding we put together for the event.
When we moved into our new office we did some interior development and decided that there was a need for a barrier to separate 2 areas, but something unique, industrial and also light-weight.
We designed, constructed and built a ceiling light made out of 1/4 inch copper piping and brass joints. The complex structure is a play on a twisted plumbing job with the wiring going through the bends of the piping and coming out evenly spaced and perfectly in-line. We got 3 of the largest vintage bulbs available on the market at the time and fitted them on.
The 3 bulbs represent the founding partners of the company and one of the bulbs has a different socket, which represents the fact that one of us always has a different and more inovative idea/view for every project.
Ardvarney Country Lodge is a 200 year old restored farmhouse on Ireland's West coast of Co. Leitrim. As we had initially designed the logo for this country lodge, the client approached us again and asked us to design their website to showcase the stunning features of this peaceful retreat.
The website involved custom CSS to include features such as availability, booking and multiple language translation. Copywriting for the website involved conveying the beauty, hospitality and unique features of the lodge in clear and concise language so that it is easily understood by both national and international visitors.
The result was a custom website with easy to navigate tabs, custom features and a parallax interface.
Belfast Craft Beer Festival is part of a series of Craft Beer Festivals around Ireland.
Our task was to modify the existing branding to suit the local area and rich history and build a website similar to the Irish Craft Beer Festival event but with a lot more precision and additional custom CSS features making the whole thing come together seamlessly.
The visuals we did for the DIT Fashion Show 2016 event.
The project included quick-enough design of a Student Design Competition poster (which was used as the main visual to promote the competition) as well as 2 main Fashion Show posters.
The theme this year was "My Metropolis: The Story of a City" and the designs of the main poster reflect the theme by showing different sides to the city and how each person has their own Metrolopis they can relate to.
The general direction for both the theme and poster artwork was created by the very talented Creative Team of the DIT Fashion Show committee and we helped them turn their ideas into reality through a number of creative meetings both for the theme name and the visuals.
The artwork for the 2 main posters was done in a very short time starting on a Monday, when we were presented the final general direction, leading to a full photoshoot the following day with a great photographer Kevin Collins and the final visuals being finalized by that Thursday afternoon.
We always love working with the DIT Fashion Show projects as they allow us to get very creative in a very short space of time, which keeps us on our toes and which is exactly why we do what we do.
This was a re-branding project for a small-business print shop.
The project involved design of a new logo, branding guidelines, letter heads, business cards and flyers as well as a strong colour palette, which transleted across all the print media and interior of the shop.
Part of the re-brand was a full re-design of the interior of the shop with custom furniture etc (photos in different section).
Print Shop Location:
19-20 Redmond Hill
Edwards & Collins are 2 wedding photographers who work together and have a different approach to their work using flash photography to light their subjects.
They approached us looking for a new brand that would be clean and straightforward but also portray their key selling point, which is the lighting. A dominant and a secondary fonts were chosen and a clean 2-colour palette was decided on to highlight their names and the name of their brand within the logo.
oR Quine is an equestrian brand who were preparing to bring high-tech Equestrian products made from the latest textiles to the market for the first time in Ireland — but for horses rather than riders. They used breathable fabrics to allow horses to perspire naturally thus creating a much higher level of comfort. They approached us looking to create a strong and clean brand.
The name of the brand translated into the word Gold so we used part of the logo as a gold texture and created a logo with a high-end feel to it.
Payless Car Rental is a car rental agency based in Ireland.
We work with Payless Car Rental Ireland on a continuous basis designing and developing artwork for their social media pages. We have developed a number of social media templates, based on information provided by the client, to distinguish various social media posts while still maintaining a uniform look that is within the branding guidelines.
We also work with Payless Car Rental Ireland on various projects on an ad hoc basis.
A client approached us looking for a new logo to be designed for their new business - a country lodge located in Co. Leitrim. It was important for them to come across as a welcoming place and have a sense of the countryside. The logo contains a soft landscape with elements like the lodge itself, nearby hills and extensive countryside. The next stage for this project was to build their website which will be launched in the middle of 2016.
The 2nd event in the series of Irish Craft Beer Festivals.
This logo was a modified version of the initial Irish Craft Beer Festival and took inspiration from the Belfast-based visuals/imagery and culture. The event itself was a huge success and the logo received fantastic feedback.
AirCrewser was a startup company with huge ambition (the best kind of client) who approached us looking for new branding and new website. The company's objective is to look after flight cabin crew during their layovers.
We 1st built their branding profile with a new logo and branding guidelines then applied the look we created to a new website. The website itself started out as a basic concept and quickly evolved into something far more advanced with plenty of custom coding and design. Working with the client we brought their vision into reality with strong visual and functional aspects.
A client approached us with an ongoing interior design project looking for creative direction and finishing.
The project involved overseeing the existing construction/renovation of an existing retail unit located in Dublin 2. Our job was to finalise the build, plan out the lighting/electric layout, pick out lighting fixtures, create a colour palette and direct the construction into a finished product, which was then put up for lease for a suitable tenant. The fact that there was no specific use made it more difficult so we created a clean and bright series of spaces that use colour and shade to accent the ceiling heights and room sizes.
As well as that we were asked to create 3 mockup uses of the main space: Retail, Cafe and Office which would help the letting agents find a suitable tenant.
Leddin Finance is a bespoke financial brokering service based in Dublin City Centre.
The client approached us for a website with professional photography that would provide information on their services and enable prospective clients to get in touch.
The result is a modern website that includes series of professional black and white images (taken by Cormac Dunne) that demonstrate the experience and credibility of this long established company.
Irish Sponsorship Summit 2016 is an annual event held in Croke Park, Dublin and this year the company decided to do a re-brand.
Our task involved re-designing their logo to give it a fresh look while still maintaining the corporate look and putting together a set of basic branding guidelines for future use.
As well as that we were asked to re-edit their existing promo video, which wasn't up to par. We used the footage which was shot at the last event (and shot some of our own original time lapses of Croke park) and completely re-cut the video making it shorter, to the point and more approachable.
The logo was also animated and we created a series of animations to go into the video.
Finally we had a task of re-designing the website completely which will be launched and published at a later stage.
A new startup approached us looking for a logo to professionally represent their brand. AirCrewser company objectives were to provide hospitality to the airline crews during their layovers.
The logo is based around the idea of wings with the Crew being at the core of the design.
Entrepreneurial People is a a working hub for entrepreneurs, business professionals and creatives based in Lyon, France. The client approached us to design a website that would showcase the energy, atmosphere and facilities that are available from renting a space here.
The website involved creating custom graphics - such as a location map and graphics for the facilities available -, multi-language integration - English and French -, video editing and integration and photography. A parallax effect was used to easily navigate down through the web pages.
Phase 2 of this project will involve designing the interior space to promote productivity and inspire individuals renting space here.
The Irish Sponsorship Summit 2016 was held in Croke Park in February 2016.
Our task was to design a clean and professional website for the vent following our event branding project. The website was developed with plenty of custom coding as well as a background video (also cut by us using footage from previous years) and a built-in registration page which we developed with a great developer Nikola which also required creation of multiple sub-domains to allow fluid responsive functionality.
In the end coming up to the event the website received a huge amount of daily traffic and lead to a fantastic event.
Open for Vintage is an online store for premium vintage items. Their aim is to connect customers with the World's finest Vintage and Pre-owned Boutiques.
Originally they came to us looking for initial logo and conceptual designs to get their branding off the ground in order to contact investors. We put together a basic logo, imagery and a set of branding guidelines which helped them raise a substantial amount of investment in a short period of time.
Months later they returned to us looking for a full branding package including a logo, icon, full extensive set of branding guidelines (including colour palettes, font families, photography guidelines, imagery, etc.), initial packaging design concepts, sales packs, website artwork, etc.
As a team we spent the time developing every aspect of their project and got them ready to go in time for the Web Summit 2015.
Their next stage is to work with their developers to launch their website and brand in 2016.
GGD Global is the longest established creator of Guinness Approved Irish Bars and leading Irish Pub designers based in Dublin, Ireland.
The client approached us to design a new website for them that would exhibit the expert craftsmanship and exquisite interiors of their Irish bar and pub designs as well as create a platform where potential clients could reach out to them.
The result was a clean and sophisticated website promoting the existing services of GGD Global and their extensive project portfolio.
The "Special" food platter for the Draft House was a request from the client to have a unique board to serve the special of the day on (paired with a craft beer of customers choice).
The design was developed from initial stages of general look and feel (with regards to visuals, functionality and use) through to structural development of the handle to ensure rigid structure.
The main elements of these boards are the board itself, which was laser etched with the logo and waxed with bees wax and olive oil to finish, and the structural handle/holder, which also held the board over the table allowing the pint glass to sink into it while being carried.
The wooden part was hand made by a carpenter in Dublin and had 2 sections - food and drink. The drink section had a hole in it to allow a pint glass to sit into it.
The copper intricate copper piping construction was welded together and the holes were closer off with brass ends from 12-Gauge Shotgun Shells, which fit in perfectly into their slots like they were made for it. The copper structure also allowed a slot for additional tray to be carried.
The design allowed the waiter to carry the entire meal AND a pint in one hand with a perfect balance.
The Irish Beer & Whiskey Village is held in March over the St. Patrick's Weekend to celebrate the best of Irish beers and Whiskeys.
The theme was based around the very loud Green (Irish) branding and the logo itself. The logo was designed a couple of years before but we were asked to improve it slightly without disturbing the shape, layout or colour palette.
The website had plenty of custom features and plug ins and was the centre of all the traffic towards the tickets purchasing (also built into the site). With expected 12,000 attendees the functionality of the site had to be on point and in the end led to a successful event.
As part of the project we also designed all the visuals for the event including ads for billboards, Luas and newspapers as well as brochures, etc.
A great project we worked on where we had to do a full re-brand of the Irish Craft Beer Festival. We took an established brand and look and created something more modern, interesting and, most importantly, Irish and craft beer related.
Two versions of the logo were created (upright bottle and horizontal bottle) to be used depending on requirements. Along wit the logo we created a new digital and print campaign which was based purely around the new brand and nothing else, to highlight how much the event has grown. The digital ads were put up on the websites like Journal, Sky, Boards, Hot Press, etc. while the printed ads were used everywhere from Hot Press magazines to billboards around Dublin and Luas.
We also re-worked their new website. It was being developed by a bad quality foreign developer so we took it over last second and brought it to the next level in a very short period of time that was left before the launch.
The event turned out to be a great success with an unexpectedly high attendance.
We had a pleasure of working on the designs for the 2015 Vodafone DIT Fashion Show. The initial design was done for the "Student Design Competition" and was a combination of faces from different cultures, races and genders showing the diversity of the theme.
For the main fashion show poster, leading the creative team of students we took on the theme of "Cultural Fusion: Breaking boundaries of tradition" and developed our own visual take on it. The idea was to show the cultural fusion through colour and fabric.
After the concept ideas were distilled into a specific look, working with a great photographer Kevin Goss-Ross, we held a photoshoot to get all the imagery of the models and individual fabrics. Once we had a collection of almost 1500 images we out them together into the final design of the poster which was then translated into designs for the tickets, programme, flyers, social media, website, and also reflected in the designs of the stage for the show.
The main poster won "Best Poster" at both the DIT Societies awards and the national BICS awards.
The Draft house Food and Drinks menus were an important part of the overall gastropub design project as they were the connection between the customer and the venue.
The idea came from a wedding invitation we found online and decided to develop further. There were 2 parts to the menu: the permanent, stating important info about craft beer and whiskeys, and changeable, which was the paper the menu itself was printed on which can be easily replaced and re-printed very cheaply.
The boards themselves were hand made by a wood craftsman, then the design was laser etched onto the back of the board and they were polished (by us) with a mixture of bees wax and olive oil (natural products) before the final assembly with the printed recycled paper.
The whole process was a long term investment as the wooden part of the menus are durable and long-lasting which means that the food section can change all the time without need of constant re-design. The menus are now used by The Draft House as part of their social media campaigns promoting their food and craft beers.
The Draft House
Gradastra asked us to develop initial concepts for a project. Gradastra connects students with small medium businesses, startups and charities to complete mini projects on placement to gain experience and build their professional portfolio. This included wire frame mock ups for their new website along with development of their Logo and branding. We also developed intro animations for their promo videos along with editing and voice over work for some of these videos.
This project included:
Wireframe mockups of website
Video editing and animation
The RDS Irish Craft Beer Festival was held in September 2015.
We were asked by the client to design a brand new website for the event in a very short space of time. Unfortunately an preliminary design was put in place already by an external designer from overseas and the coding framework was all over the place.
We took over the project, straightened everything out and applied our own design flare to the site. It was ready for launch well in time before the deadline and it lead to a great successful event.
Magic Mirror is the alternative to a rented photo booth for events.
The client wanted a website that would present the unique features of this product and the packages that are available for renting.
The website includes a parallax effect with video integration, information on the packages offered and a contact form for potentials customers to get in touch .
We were hired by the Dublin Institute of Technology to come up with a new advertising/branding campaign for their Sports and Societies departments. With over 80 societies and over 40 sports clubs it was a challenge of representing them all in a small amount of images. The aim of the campaign was to showcase the depth and variety of experiences that can be gained from Clubs and Societies involvement.
Along with an amazing photographer Kevin Goss-Ross we took a lot of inspiration from a number of other advertising campaigns which we researched and created our own overall look which plays on a number of scales representing the imaginative and creative world of the people involved. The sheer variety of skills and experiences that students get involved in is portrayed through the intricate details in the images. There are 11 images in total each representing a different section/theme of the two departments be in music, adventure sports, nerds, field sports, etc. Numerous meetings, 4 photo shoots and over 110 hours of editing later we produced work which both the client and ourselves were delighted with.
A group of enthusiastic County Sligo representatives approached us looking to put together a bid for Sligo to host the Surf Summit 2015, which is a week-long event following the WebSummit in Dublin.
With a quick briefing and a ton of content and copy we went ahead to put together the 23-page document which had to have a surf-like feel but still look very professional. With a deadline approaching fast, we were only given 2 days to assemble the whole thing, send it back and change it around according to what the client needed.
Needless to say the final product turned out great and, even better, Sligo ended up winning the bid and were delighted to host the event.
A series of photo manipulation images we did for the launch of the new bus made by Higer China for the UK and Irish market. The client took very poor quality photographs of the buses in China and we had to photoshop them into scenes. Unfortunately at that stage none of the buses have arrived to Ireland so we weren't able to take proper photos of them so this was the only option.
The campaign images were used across the website, advertisement, print material and enormous road show stands that were used on tour across the UK and Ireland during the launch of the bus. The images were so successful that the media named the bus "Storm Bus" and the company decided to re-name it from "Roadster" to "Storm 1".
Grindstone is a speciality coffee bar based at Balally Luas stop in Dundrum, Dublin.
The client approached us looking for a simple and clean website that can be used to find or contact the coffee shop.
The result was simple two page website with practical information as well as a contact form.
A business consultancy agency based in the UK contacted us looking for a new website to match their new branding and overall look. The goal of the project was to start from scratch with all-original wording content created by somebody outside of their company based on their point of view. We had the pleasure of working with Sam Kirwan at Awkward Social for the copywriting aspect of this.
The original aim was to create a small 3-4 page micro-site but during the design stages the client was very pleased with work and it was decided to create a much bigger company website with a clean and modern feel to it.
Myprostate.ie is a medical information website that presents facts about the prostate and possible problems that can occur.
The client wanted a clean website that would present medically accurate facts and information about the prostate and associated conditions in a clear and concise way.
The result is a clean and easy to navigate site which includes a prostate symptom questionnaire for any visitors who might have a prostate concern.
A digital marketing start-up called Awkward Social approached us looking for a logo, and some branding guidelines.
The name for the company was developed by the founder, and is drawn from market research which indicated that many business owners find marketing their companies online to be awkward. The company focuses primarily on social media marketing, hence the name 'Awkward Social'.
While working with the company on the designs we came up with some strong ideas which they really loved. For example, the text is offset to the right-hand side rather than being left-aligned as one would expect, along with the action of the two objects converging – representing client-customer interactions.
The company wanted to use the colour blue throughout the branding, so we came up with a combination of three complementary shades of blue.
The logo has two different sized arrows coming together at an offset angle. The edges where the arrows meet are the brightest representing the connection between them. Both arrows/triangles aren't quite identical nor are they perfect, and the overall logo has a minimalistic look to it but still has many subtle 'awkward' aspects to it.
We designed the stage for the 2013 Vodafone DIT Fashion show along with parts of the act throughout the show itself. That year the theme of the show was "House of Chaos: A Twisted Tale" so it was important to portray that theme on the stage and the catwalk.
There was a story to the overall show which had two sides to it so the two sides of the stage represented their own part of the story. On the right there was a front of a house set in a peaceful and playful environment with green grass in front of it. A human size cage covered in roses and flowers had a swing inside of it which a little scary girl sat on for the 1st part of the show.
The other side of the stage represented the demented twisted world of the story. A perfectly laid out room was placed upside down as if it was a horror film.
An arch made of over 30 wooden chairs joined the two halves and had a gigantic scull over it which represented the inner demons.
The overall show was a huge success and Vodafone being a new sponsor were blown away.
A great video was made by the official film crew which shows the build of the stage and how it looked throughout the show:
Print artwork we did for the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show in 2014 which won the "Best Poster" award at both the Irish National BICS awards and the DIT Societies awards.
The theme of the 2014 show was "Enchanted Forest: hidden nature" and we created a modern interpretation of that theme. By thinking outside the box and working with a very talented photographer Kevin Goss-Ross we came up with a modern design which represented the theme in a most interesting and eye catching way.
The design represents the hidden nature within all of us and within fashion itself. It shows a plain and white female face surrounded by natural foliage and enchanted creatures.
Once again we were involved in the design of the design of the stage for the 2014 Vodafone DIT Fashion Show. After almost a month of brainstorming we came up with a modern approach to the "Enchanted Forest: Hidden Nature" theme.
While listening to ideas feedback from a number of working groups the only creative idea that came from people was to pretty much put a forest on stage, but that seemed too obvious. We wanted to surprise people and throw them off what they expected the stage to look like.
The decision was made to take a number of key elements of enchanted forest then minimise and highlight them. The annual "stage centre piece" requirement was taken to the next level and hung over the catwalk instead. Inspired by designs of the great Alexander McQueen we created a hanging chandelier which represented stars and the enchanted forest sky reaching towards the ground on strings of up to 14 feet long.
The stage represented the elongated, tall and narrow shapes of the forest with white pipes and willow. There was an arch at the base of the catwalk which was handmade of fresh cut willow and flowers.
Once again Vodafone were blown away by the overall design.
A Project that we were delighted to be a part of was DIT Societies Stand up 4 Love event in Vicar St. We were asked by DIT Societies office to get involved in this event and we were very happy to help. The event was a fundraiser for the Yes Equality campaign for the Yes vote in the Marriage Referendum of May 2015. The event was a massive success with over 800 in attendance and €3180.40 raised. We worked alongside some great companies including the event production company Catapult, Eventease event solutions and the media sponsor for the event 98Fm.
The project included the following:
Full Branding- Event name suggestions, full Logo design, poster and branding
Promotion & social media assets - Facebook, Twitter, Eventbrite, Instragram covers. Tickets, invites and teaser posters.
Event Management - Event manager for the event in which roles included production, accreditation management and front of house. Coordination of launch photocall.
Production of Props & Audio Visual Content - Organisation and production of audio/visual content. Development and creation of visual props.
A client approached us with a task to re-design their existing website with a limited budget. We identified the aspects of the site that needed improvement and implemented changes while working with the clients needs. Additionally to that we created booklet and banner designs for their upcoming conference.
DIT Student Volunteering organisation approached us looking for a full -rebrand with a new logo, graphics and all other visual aspects for their print and digital media.
The logo was based around 2 ideas: a flowing ribbon and an open door (both complemented by the location of Dublin, thus the 3 castles, as requested by the client). The colour palette came from their existing department colours - orange and white, so we worked with shades of these palettes.
The rest of the imagery represents all the areas of volunteering that students take part in through line drawings (all linked together).
The task was to design posters for 3 different plays that were different but had the same minimal look and feel through them so that they can be related to each other. We studied each play individually and created the artwork to respond to them.
We had the pleasure of working at this amazing event during the summer. Our involvement included the event management and some extra creative touches like the archway and decorations. We are always looking for challenging and quirky projects so dont be shy and contact us. Big thanks to Oliver Smith of www.oliver-fpme.4ormat.com/ for the pictures.
Another reasonably small website project finished for a new creative media company using branding provided by themselves.
The company is based in Dublin and they specialise in visual communication.
Cubo is an upper class modern bar located in Quinta do Lago, Portugal. They requested a menu design so we went back to the basics of their name and brand. This cube-shaped menu was designed using just two colours. The idea is that when the menu is standing on the table you can constantly see their logo on the inside of it.
After using this menu over the 2014 summer the bar told us that it turned out to be a huge success and even brought up their sales.
A lunch menu designed for a once-off event organised by the International Women's Clubs Dublin held at the Killieny Golf Club.
The range of DIT Societies membership cards we designed and got made for the 2014-15 college year.
A poster done for the DIT Drama Society for their Little Shop of Horrors play. After doing substantial research we found pretty much the same designs used for this poster around the world so it was time to come up with something different.
The poster represents the story of a small plant growing into a large monster.
A menu designed for the Kielys of Donnybrook pub. We realised that over the years their designs haven't changed so it was time to do something new. There is a feel of the menu being sealed with a stamp of their logo so the act of opening a menu down the middle is very special.
The inside of the menu has white text on blue background while the outside is the other way around so that there is a difference between the food part of the menu (inside) and the drinks (outside).
The 2013 Vodafone DIT Fashion Show theme was "House of Chaos: a twisted tale" and we wanted to make an exciting branding artwork to get away from static posters that were designed in the previous 9 years of the fashion show. The theme was based around the Cirque du Soleil so dream-like shapes, hidden characters and bizarre circus performers were important in the design.
We stuck to the colours of Vodafone (red, black and white) and designed a drawing that had a number of textures and many hidden objects within it. The beauty of a female face relates to the fashion aspect of the theme and the hair turns into waves and shapes that hide within it.
The poster won "Best Poster" award at the DIT Societies Awards and came close second at the national BICS awards.
For their 2014-15 image Student Leap card wanted to go for a new and more exciting look than what they always had, which was a more corporate approach. The idea was to have imagery that is more student friendly and interesting to look at. We designed over 100 different vector icons for them as well as all the posters and branding to go with them to use across their print, social media and web.
A website we designed for the PRPA Conference in 2014. The conference is organised to expose PR, Event management and Business students to real world situations and give them an opportunity to meet the leaders in their field.
Two ads we did for Student Travel Card back in 2013. One was for student diaries and the other to urge students to get a new card before 2014.
Rough 3D mockups we produced for a new DIT Student Media Centre back in 2013. The spaces was a proposed additional build inside DIT Aungier St courtyard and included a new radio station, waiting area, recording room and a conference room.
Logo designed for the DIT Fashion show when Vodafone came in as their main sponsor
Some of the artwork we did for the 2014 DIT Xmas Appeal. The brief stated that they wanted a colourful, fun and friendly design. We looked at the imagery of santa and a dog representing one of the charities they're supporting. The general idea for the poster was a calm christmas night which created a magical feeling to it.
The logo is designed to be printed and embroidered on different textures so it had to work in full colour as well as it did in a single colour.