Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin approached us to design a gin tray for Ashford Castle that would be used to serve their gin experience.
The tray was to include; Gunpowder bottle; 12 botanicals, the Gunpowder map and 3 gin glasses.
The challenge was to merge to premium brands on a single tray.
The result is a hand finished walnut tray with copper and leather handles and a laser etched surface.
The glasses appear to be floating at the front of the tray and are at a height to encourage aroma, ease of use and for easy visual inspection.
In addition to this, Ashford Castle wanted a presentation tray that would sit comfortably alongside the serving tray that would be part of the same suite. This tray was created using the same walnut as the gin tasting tray with Ashford Castle’s logo laser etched onto the base.
Tullamore DEW approached us with a brief to roll out their new branding by utilising brand assets and materials to create disruptive and eye-catching installations that would be instagram worthy and reflect the modernity and youthfulness of the new brand whilst staying true to the Tullamore DEW Heritage.
This installation is the first of 7 to be rolled out across locations in Dublin, Galway and Tullamore in Offaly.
The DJ Booth in 1520 is a central aspect of the bar with singers and bands also regularly performing in front of it.
The challenge was to seamlessly integrate the updated branded DJ booth into the existing surroundings of 1520 Bar.
The result was a vertical Tullamore DEW takeover that extends into the cubby of the original stone wall and ends with a re-upholstered gold leather seat - a Tullamore DEW brand material and colour.
The Kinsale Sharks Awards is an International Festival of Creativity held annually in Kinsale, Co. Cork. The festival has been running for 57 years and with Jurors and entries from BBDO, Universal Music and Droga5 to name a few, we were delighted to be asked to design their 2018 festival programme.
The brief was to bring a fresh take to the festival and reflect the creativity and individuality of the festival.
Maintaining their brand identity while giving a totally fresh look and feel was a challenge that was overcome by reverting to a primary blue and red palette that had been used historically.
The cover of the booklet is a matte black with the festival title printed in spot UV. We felt this was a bold move but the client was receptive to new ideas and the result was worth the risk. The logo is a sharks head which is die cut through the cover with the eyes and gills printed on the inside page.
A main issue with previous festival programmes was finding crucial information pertaining to the festival such as ‘festival schedule’ and ‘shortlists’. We solved this by creating a smaller booklet within that contained all crucial information. This was easily found as it was inset into larger pages so brought a natural break where information could be easily accessed.
Images from the 2017 that we had taken (as the festival official photographers) were used as the background to the other pages with a blue or red overlay depending on the section.
Both we and the client were very happy with the finished result and we got excellent feedback from the delegates and jurors at the festival.
These lamps began as subtle POS for Hyde Bar in Galway. Because of their success there Gunpowder asked us to produce a suite of lamps that could be given to best performing bars as a sleek addition to their existing furniture.
The lamps needed to be subtle enough to fit in with majority out interiors but individual enough that they would act as a subtle POS and keep Gunpowder top of mind for gin pour.
The result was a single and triple lamp that could be sent depending on space availability in each location. As a portion of these were to be shipped internationally with fit them with an adaptor to accommodate for varying voltage in specific countries.
Ambr Eyewear have a range of stylish glasses that protect your eyes from screens. They came to us looking to have 2 stands designed for their glasses to be showcased in Brown Thomas Dublin.
We designed and manufactured 2 stands, one for menswear section and second for womenswear section on 2nd floor.
The menswear unit was built into the wall and has suspended glass shelves for the glasses to sit on, polished metal trimming and integrated drawers.
The womenswear unit stands at the wall, has satin glass suspended shelves that are trimmed with brass. The unit also has brass plates and trimming on the outer perimeter and soft close drawers that are finished in matte black.
Both units are lit up internally and have angled light boxes with individual artworks.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin wanted a subtle point of sale that would share their brand story and also sit comfortably on any pub or bar countertop or shelf.
We designed and made miniature suitcases that hold the 12 botanicals that make up Gunpowder gin overspilling out of the case and surrounding the unique Gunpowder Gin bottle.
The Suitcases light up to attract attention and make the iconic blue bottle stand out.
The botanicals are made with a copper finish and the suitcase is handmade from Irish Walnut.
Winner of Irelandʼs Best Outdoor Space for a Beer Garden in 2018.
As part of a Gin & Tonic garden installation, we designed and built tables that showcase the perfect accompaniments to a G&T. The goal was to create tabletops which evoke ice-cold refreshment, encouraging you to buy a Gin & Tonic.
The tabletops were designed to be a solid cast of resin and each unit contains over 550 individual acrylic ice cubes as well as realistic looking fruit. The tops are finished with dripped resin and partially frosted effect to make them look like theyʼre always cold even on the hottest day.
The high stools that accompany the table units were designed to have the same structural elements and finishes as the tables. The beech timber tops provide a natural timber look to the units. The steel for both the tables and stools was manufactured and powder coated to our design spec.
Buckley Real Estate is a new estate agency that opened it’s doors in 2018.
They approached us to design their branding and develop a brand identity that can be repurposed across a suite of assets.
The client had a specific palette of turquoise, navy and gold that was to be used.
We used the navy and turquoise palette to create a geometric background pattern that could be used across other assets with the logo and text in gold.
The contrast of the gold on the darker colours reflect the premium nature of the company and the navy and turquoise communicate trust and professionalism.
An extension of this project was to design the exterior signage for their office premises in Rathgar.
Great to be asked back by our friends the White Hag Irish Brewing Co.'s Hagstravaganza beer festival in Sligo during the summer 2018. Always such an amazing event. We were asked to take unique portraits of the Irish and International brewers and staff.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is a premium Irish Gin. As we had developed a suite of assets for them they gave us a brief to design and build and Point of Sale unit for in-store display.
The unit had to be flatpack and use the brand materials; wood and copper. Gunpowder also wanted to include their iconic cork and mimc the shape of their unique bottle with the stand.
An Pucan is arguably one of Irelandʼs best bars. They approached us to transform their beer garden into a ‘Fever Tree Tonicʼ and ‘Bombay Ginʼ inspired garden.
The theme of the garden is ‘All is not what it seemsʼ and this was achieved through a number of 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 nod to 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 ‘GALWAYʼ is hung on the wall in large yellow lettering and is up-lit 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 & Tonicʼ 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 Bibleʼ - 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 white logo is embossed so that it is 3D and contrasts with the surrounding red and blue flowers. The wall ‘explodesʼ up onto the ceiling and into the void with vertical, long-stemmed flowers hanging down.
DIT Hothouse is the award-winning Knowledge Transfer and Incubation Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology, responsible for the commercialisation of intellectual property arising from DIT research.
DIT Hothouse wanted to redesign the look and feel of their brand as well as create an identity for one of the sub divisions within DIT Hothouse: OpenLabs. The task was to create a brand identity that would imbue all of the values of the incubation hub whilst also adhering to the branding guidelines of Dublin Institute of Technology. The idea was to create a branded suite for both brands so that OpenLabs would be instantly recognisable as a part of DIT Hothouse. The result was a grid pattern using the first letter of each brand i.e. ‘Hʼ for Hothouse and ‘Oʼ for OpenLabs with a blue colour palette and high contrast desaturated background imagery.
For the informative leaflets, case studies, and technology licence flyers, the background is switched to a charcoal grey with a white font. This clean layout allows reader to get the most important information in a short amount of time. The following suite of materials were designed as part of this project:
- DIT Hothouse Branding
- OpenLabs Logo & Branding
- Case study Template
- Technology to Licence Template - Image Props
- Social Media Headers
- Business Cards
- Pop-up Banners
- DL Leaflets
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 Caskmates 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.
A series of portraits taken at the All Ireland Craft Beer Festival, showcasing the breweries, distilleries, and vendors.
Riva is an Italian restaurant in Glasgow who approached us to design their suite of menus including; lunch, a la carte and drinks.
The restaurant has a subtle nautical theme so we used a combination of stained wood (to resemble driftwood), blue valchromat and a salmon coloured leather as the core materials.
The blue valchromat curve on the a la carte menu was inspired by the ocean and the sail from the Riva logo.
Irish Whiskey Magazine launched a limited edition gift box for Christmas 2017. The gift box includes four 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 torn 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 Irish Whiskey Magazine
Packaging for Whiskey Glass https://www.irishwhiskeymagazine.com/
These Fever Tree menus were designed for An Pucan pub in Galway.
The wooden menus have the Fever Tree bottle sunken into them using unstained wood and a different grain direction to separate it from the rest of the menu. Both the Fever Tree logo and An Pucan logo are laser etched into the wood.
Heytesbury Rum is a premium brand rum that is new to the Irish market. The launch of the rum called for product photography and a sales sheet to highlight the unique aspects of the product.
The gold foil logo on the front of the sales sheet reflects the premium brand as well as the product photography.
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 table numbers are handmade with 21 processes involved in the assembly and production.
See more projects for An Púcán.
Cocktail Menus http://anpucan.ie
These rooms were designed, 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 metre wide wall. Each airplane was individually glued into place, creating a dynamic and textured finish for the most important 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 first 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 The Little Prince, 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 larger-than-life personality, we painted half of his face onto the wall coming out 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 spaces which resonate with the brand and reinforce the work 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, a new, welcoming office interior, 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.
Check out the full set on our facebook:
As part of the installation for Entrepreneurial People in Lyon, France, we designed and hand made a number of tactile wall art objects to complement the theme of each room. Every room featured an entrepreneur and the medium of the objects reflected their backgrounds.
Muhammad Ali: The letters "ALI" were made to resemble boxing gloves. The structural material of the base was foam-covered and finished with stitched red leather, so that they not only look like gloves, they feel like them too. The wall was painted in a 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 decided 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.
Shortlisted at the Irish Design Awards in the "Packaging" category
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 customer through the rich history of Irish Whiskey.
Watch the Highlight Video we made about the process. https://www.irishwhiskeymagazine.com/
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 three signage visuals to be put up both at the front door and within the offices.
Three 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 two larger logos were CNC cut from 20mm timber and sprayed with Polyurethane 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 for a fresh design direction for their main booklet which outlines all the services they provide.
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. We separated the booklet into spreads, allowing plenty of space for each topic to be explained and sub-services to be outlined. The finished product ended up being a square booklet with a soft touch cover which outlined all of the above. Additionally, we designed two supporting booklets which went into more detail about two 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 purchase on 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 package that could withstand shipping and would be an added bonus to the customer purchasing the glass.
Irish Whiskey Magazine Whiskey Glass
We were asked to come up with an initial branding proposal for a new craft brewery in Arthurstown, Co.Wexford by one of the founders.
The brewery name and location had a very strong historical character based around the landing of the Templars. 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 philosophy is one-on- one learning where the student spends a full week with a guest family, learning English through both study and experience of Ireland (hiking, sailing, sightseeing, sports, etc.).
Our approach was to represent the same service from three different scales so we created a close up scene of a book being used by a student and teacher. On one of the pages there is a zoomed out shot of the same scene where the student and the teacher are placed in 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). This scene is surrounded by a surreal collage of Irish landscapes and scenery, showing the experiences that the course brings.
Three signs we designed, produced and installed for the Brickyard Gastropub in Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland as part of a larger project. The pub, which has an industrial yet clean atmosphere was not very obvious from the road. The three large steel slabs were installed to increase the pubʼs visibility.
All three 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 three 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. Weighing nearly 100 kg, plenty of manpower 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.
We designed and produced these display stands as part of a packaging suite for Irish Whiskey Magazine.
The brief called for a point of sale that would be light, portable and easy to assemble. The design of this stand allows it to be easily assembled using three parts; the cross section support and the front display. The front part of the stand is laser engraved with Irish Whiskey Magazine and is interchangeable with various products and pricing e.g. the Christmas Gift Box.
The magazine is displayed on top of the display stand with immediate stock stacked underneath.
The stands are used as a point of sale in shops on counter tops.
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 in order to stand out.
We drew inspiration from the notion 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 each speech is punctuated by a final full stop. A clean logo was developed using two 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 of an overall interior/product design project we worked with them on.
The menus are laser cut from birch plywood with information, both factual and quirky, about the various types of beer that are served at Brickyard. The handle is made from hand cut, terracotta 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 of 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.
One of two Skeleton winter sport suits and helmets we designed for an Irish athlete on his way to qualify for the next Winter Olympics. The suit was green to represent Ireland, with darkening and highlighting of different areas to shape the athlete. Irelandʼs rich mythology made an appearance on the helmet which 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 rebranding everything about it.
The idea was to create a space with a workshop feel. The exposed raw materials and industrial look helped to achieve this.
When we started stripping back the walls we discovered that there were on average 4-6 layers added to the wall over the years. Behind all those layers we found a beautiful original brick wall and a mysterious door that leads to nothing. We used a combination of chipboard, birch ply and mdf - 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.
Artwork we designed for a bar shutter installation for the Maldron Hotel Parnell Square, Dublin. The client came to us, hoping we could brighten up the black bar shutter which their customers had to look at every morning during breakfast. They were interested in a montage of images that represented Ireland.
We put together a chopped up collage using amazing images from all over Ireland creating a seamless blend of the foreground and horizons while keeping the middle of the photos chopped up. The landscape spans between two seas and is a combination of scenery, animals and roads.
The artwork was printed and installed by Russell at WallArt.
A printed programme we created 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 two areas. We decided on 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 three of the largest vintage bulbs available on the market at the time and fitted them on.
The three 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 innovative idea/view for every project.
The visuals we did for the DIT Fashion Show 2016 event.
This project included the rapid design of a Student Design Competition poster (which was used as the main visual to promote the competition) as well as two 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 exhibiting the different shades of the city and how each person has their own special metropolis.
The general direction for both the theme and poster artwork was created by the very talented Creative Team of the DIT Fashion Show committee. We helped them turn their ideas into reality through a number of creative meetings for both the theme name and the visuals.
The artwork for the two main posters was done in a very short time. Starting on a Monday, we presented the final general direction, leading to a full photoshoot the following day with a great photographer, Kevin Collins. The visuals were 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. This keeps us on our toes which is exactly why we do what we do.
This was a rebranding project for a small print shop.
The project involved the design of a new logo, branding guidelines, letterheads, business cards and flyers as well as a strong colour palette, which translated across all the print media and interior of the shop.
Part of the rebrand was a full redesign of the interior of the shop with custom furniture etc. (photos in different section).
Print Shop Location:
19-20 Redmond Hill
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 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.
The second 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.
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 a 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. The finished product was then put up for lease for a suitable tenant. The fact that the unit had no specific function made it a challenge. 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. This would help the letting agents find a suitable tenant.
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.
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.
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 the customerʼs choice).
The design was developed from the initial stages of general look and feel (with regards to visuals, functionality and use) through to the structural development of the handle to ensure stability.
The boards were laser etched with the logo and finished with beeswax and olive oil. The structural handle/holder also holds the board above 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 intricate copper piping construction was welded together and the holes were closed off with brass ends from 12-Gauge Shotgun Shells which fit perfectly into their slots like they were made for them. The copper structure also allowed a slot for an additional tray to be carried.
The design allowed the waiter to carry the entire meal AND a pint in one hand with perfect balance.
We had the 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, exploring the theme of “Cultural Fusion: Breaking Boundaries of Tradition”.
For the main fashion show poster, leading the creative team of students, we developed our own visual take on this theme. 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 of the models and individual fabrics. Once we had a collection of almost 1500 images, we put them together into the final design of the poster which was then translated into designs for the tickets, programme, flyers, social media, website. The finished product was also reflected in the stage design 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 provided 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 two parts to the menu; the permanent and the changeable. The permanent part states important information about craft beer and whiskeys while the changeable, the menu itself, is made from paper and can be easily replaced and re-printed very cheaply.
The boards themselves were handmade by a wood craftsman, the design was laser etched onto the back of the board and they were polished (by us) with a mixture of beeswax 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
We were hired by the Dublin Institute of Technology to create a new advertising/branding campaign for their Sports and Societies departments. With over 80 societies and 40 sports clubs on offer, the challenge was to represent them all in only a few images. The aim of the campaign was to showcase the depth and variety of experiences that can be gained from joining Clubs and Societies.
Along with an amazing photographer, Kevin Goss-Ross, we took a lot of inspiration from a number of advertising campaigns while also creating our own unique look which represents the imaginative and creative worlds 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 it in music, adventure sports, gaming 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 series of photo manipulation images we did for the launch of the new bus made by HIGER China for the UK and Irish market.
As none of the buses had arrived in Ireland we were working with poor quality photographs of the buses taken by the client in China. Our only option was to photoshop them into a variety of scenes.
The campaign images were used across the website, advertisement, print material and enormous road show stands that were used 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 rename it from "Roadster" to "Storm 1".
We designed the stage for the 2013 Vodafone DIT Fashion show along with parts of the show itself. Our work reflected the theme of the show which was "House of Chaos: A Twisted Tale".
The show told a story of two sides, represented by the two sides of the stage. On the right there was a house set in a peaceful and playful environment with green grass in front of it. A human sized cage covered in roses housed a swing
which a little scary girl sat on for the first 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 skull over it, representing 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFTZZ73LRmo
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 womanʼs face, painted white, and surrounded by natural foliage and enchanted creatures.
Once again we were involved in the design of the stage for the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show in 2014. After almost a month of brainstorming we came up with a modern approach to the "Enchanted Forest: Hidden Nature" theme.
While listening to feedback from a number of working groups, the only creative idea was to pretty much put a forest on stage, but that seemed too obvious to us. 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 the Enchanted Forest and then minimise and highlight them. The annual "stage centre piece" requirement was quite literally taken to the next level and hung above the catwalk instead. Inspired by designs of the great Alexander McQueen, we created a hanging chandelier which represented the stars of the enchanted forest sky, reaching towards the ground on strings of up to 14 feet long.
The stage evoked the tall, narrow shapes of the forest with white pipes and willow. The arch at the base of the catwalk was handmade from freshly 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.
DIT Student Volunteering organisation approached us looking for a full rebrand of all visual aspects for their print and digital media including a new logo and graphics.
The logo was based around 2 ideas: a flowing ribbon and an open door (the location of Dublin is also key, hence 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).
Cubo is a high-class modern bar located in Quinta do Lago, Portugal. We designed a new menu for the bar which went back to the core of their name and brand. This cube-shaped menu was designed using just two colours. The design ensures that the logo is always visible on the inside when the menu is standing on the table.
After using this menu over the summer of 2014, the bar told us that it was a huge success and even brought up their sales.
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. The menu gives the illusion of being sealed with a stamp of their logo so the act of opening a menu down the middle mimics the breaking of a special seal.
The inside of the menu has white text on blue background while the outside is the other way around so that the food part of the menu (inside) and the drinks (outside) are clearly separated.
For their 2014-15 image Student Leap card wanted to swap their corporate approach for a more creative and exciting look. The goal 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.
Logo designed for the DIT Fashion show when Vodafone came in as their main sponsor