Talent Spotters: IADT

As part of our Talent Spotters series of guest reviews of this year’s degree shows, Sara O’Dea visits Looking For Good Times, the IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology) show in Dun Laoghaire

As part of our Talent Spotters series of guest reviews of this year’s degree shows, Sara O’Dea visits Looking For Good Times, the IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology) show in Dun Laoghaire

IADT graduate shows always impress with their inter-disciplinary skills and the ability to put together an impressive exhibition – this year’s show was no exception. The graduates explored a wide range of topics from sex education to urban farming with a strong emphasis on digital design.

On first impressions the quality of illustration stood out. Each student had a unique style and displayed their work brilliantly. Ruby Henderson‘s Sex Sense made greatt use of her striking visual style with a strong concept. It is a sex education website for teenagers aged 12 to 18. Ruby chose this topic because of the antiquated approach to sex education in Irish schools. Sex Sense aims to build confidence around sexual identity by being a reliable source that is both appealing to the age group and sensitive to the topic.

 

The Lumi project by Jennifer Leahy was well researched with good problem solving. Lumi library is a reading platform developed to influence lifelong reading habits in children aged 6 to 7. The app uses simple interaction which revolves around word play to help present stories to children in a way which shows them how powerful and useful words are. Lumi helps to build vocabulary, understanding of context and interpretive abilities to help children fall in love with written stories.

 

Another highlight was the ZooMo app from Grainné Smith which is a fun and engaging design that aims to increase interaction with the animals and provide information that can’t be found elsewhere in the zoo.

 

The Aleph Be project from Sadaf Ahmadi also stood out for me. Farsi is the official language of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. There are more than two million Farsi speaking population immigrants around the world. This community has no access to a tool to teach their children the language. There is a possibility that these children may lose their connection to their homeland and their family members whom are still in their home countries due to the language barrier. Aleph Be is a simple app that offers to be a practical and useful tool to make learning Farsi accessible and playful.

This is just a small selection of work from a great show (see the full show site here). The exhibition runs until Tuesday 10th of June in Dun Laoghaire so go see for some good times!

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