OFFSET Festival announces 2012 line up

Dublin’s next OFFSET festival will take place over three days between 9-11 March 2012 and its organisers have just revealed to CR the event’s impressively international line-up of speakers…

Dublin’s next OFFSET festival will take place over three days between 9-11 March 2012 and its organisers have just revealed to CR the event’s impressively international line-up of speakers – which includes Eike König of Hort, Erik Kessels, Friends With You, Johnny Kelly, Matt Clark of UVA, Michael Beirut, Seymour Chwast, Shepard Fairey, and Stefan Sagmeister…

OFFSET will return to the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, where CR’s Gavin Lucas checked out last year’s conference (read his posts on OFFSET 2010 here and here), and will again feature two simultaneous schedules of events: lectures in the main theatre, with a second room of interviews and panel discussions.

“While there’s no official theme as such, there is a unofficial thread that will explore the power of collaboration in creativity which will mostly be addressed in the second room where we have more debates, panel discussion and interviews,” says OFFSET co-director Bren Byrne about the 2012 event. “Meanwhile the main stage will be a mix of ‘show and tell’ presentations and lectures on subjects that the 24 speakers want to talk about.”

Without further ado, here is the full list of speakers and some visual cues for a few of them too:

Cork-based painter Conor Harrington

Push Pin Studios co-founder (along with Milton Glaser) Seymour Chwast will be flying in to Dublin to talk at OFFSET. Shown above is a limited edition serigraph re-issue poster entitled End Bad Breath, 1967, 1999.

Dublin-based designers Conor Nolan and David Wall of Conor & David will be there

Miami duo Friends With You (who we featured in our July issue this year) will also speak at the event. Above is Rainbow City their project which appeared in New York earlier this year.

Eike König of Berlin-based design studio Hort. Above is Hort’s record sleeve for Booka Shade’s fourth album, More

Series of book covers by illustrator and lettering artist (and OFFSET 2012 speaker) Jessica Hische

We named him as a CR One To Watch back in September 2007. Dubliner, Johnny Kelly will be talking about his work (still from YouTube Play – a short stop motion trailer commissioned by YouTube – shown above)

United Visual Artists‘s Matt Clarke will speak at OFFSET 2012. Above, Speed of Light installation, London 2010

Shepard Fairey is on the list of speakers

Olly Moss will also discuss his work. Shown above are two commemorative posters for the officially licensed Mondo Star Trek print series

Identity for the Museum of Arts and Design by Pentagram. Michael Beirut will speak – as will the design company’s Paula Scher

Rest of the speakers:

Andrew Essex,  Droga5

Antoine et Manuel

Erik Kessels, Kesselkramer

Evan Hecox

Kevin Waldron

Kyle Cooper of Prologue Films

Richard Gilligan


Stefan Sagmeister

Steve Simpson


Early Bird Tickets (€150) for OFFSET 2012 are available until January 31 2012 – after which tickets will be €180. Student tickets (promo code required) cost €120. Companies and studios interested in going along can look to take advantage of a group rate where you get six tickets for the price of five. Full details can be found on the OFFSET website at and tickets can be bought at

OFFSET are also on twitter: @weloveoffset



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