OFFSET 2013 line-up announced

Dublin’s OFFSET festival will return to the Irish capital’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for three days April 5-7 with an impressive line-up of international speakers…

Dublin’s OFFSET festival will return to the Irish capital’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for three days in April (5-7) with an impressive line-up of international speakers that include Ben Bos, Bob Gill, Ciarán Ógaora, Craig & Karl, Hvass & Hannibal, Kate Moross, Marina Willer, Oliviero Toscani, Sarah Illenberger and Vaughan Oliver

As with the last two OFFSET events (which CR’s Gavin Lucas has reported back from), the conference will feature two simultaneous schedules of events: lectures in the main theatre, with a second room of interviews and panel discussions. Here’s the list of speakers announced so far, along with some visual cues:

Dutch graphic designer and author Ben Bos


UK-based illustrator Ben Newman

Designer, illustrator, author, and one of D&AD’s founders Bob Gill will be at OFFSET 2013

Maine-based illustrator Calef Brown

Chris Silas Neal from Brooklyn, New York is also one of the main speakers

Ciarán Ógaora of Dublin-based design studio Zero-G


Australia and UK based design and illustration duo Craig & Karl

London-based live and digital agency Drive Productions

Irish director, animator and filmmaker Eoghan Kidney

Gavin O’Sullivan, Creative Director at Dublin ad agency DDFH&B

Hvass & Hannibal from Copenhagen

Korean designer and image maker Ji Lee

Belfast-based illustrator Jonathan McHugh

French street art photographer JR

Kate Moross from London

New York-based Louise Fili was formerly senior designer for Herb Lubalin and art director of Pantheon Books from 1978-1989. Now she runs her own studio that specialies in beautiful design work, with a specialism in restaurant and food packaging


Pentagram partner Marina Willer

Childrens book author and illustrator Niamh Sharkey

Oliviero Toscani


Sarah Illenberger

The Stone Twins

And British designer Vaughan Oliver is also confirmed.

Tickets are available now at or in person from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre box office.

Early bird tickets (up to March 2013) are €165.
Student tickets are €120.
Standard tickets are €195.
All have types of ticket are subject to a group rate of six tickets for the price of five.

For more info about OFFSET2013, visit

To keep up to date with all the latest OFFSET news, follow @weloveoffset on Twitter.


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