Talent-spotters: The National College of Art & Design

In another edition of our regional talent-spotter blog posts, our Dublin correspondent Ciara Fitzgerald paid the National College of Art & Design a visit and took some pictures of the best work…

In another edition of our regional talent-spotter blog posts, our Dublin correspondent Ciara Fitzgerald paid the National College of Art & Design a visit and took some pictures of the best work, including Kathi Burke’s charming Dublin tarot card set, shown above.

Alana Leddin’s intricate project ‘Six’ is a curation of the cognitive and emotional response of an individual to the written word. The design is based on the emotional response of six interviewees to On The Road, The Virgin Suicides, Rogets Thesaurus, After Dark, Suspension of Perception and The Bell Jar.

Alexis Francois Morand reacts to the increasing digitalisation of music with this special edition box set design for the album Elk by Aether. The box itself is made out of wood and contains a book, t-shirt and special edition print. The chosen materials and visuals aim to enhance the listening experience.

Conor Whelan created a striking new end title sequence for the 20th Anniversary of the film Jumanji. The vibrant colours are in keeping with the sense of fun and adventure of the preceding film. He also produced a screenprinted poster and wooden dvd box.

Grace Margetson’s branding project for the musician James Vincent McMorrow includes an impressive limited edition laser cut wooden box, (apologies, my short stature and the glass encasing it, prevented me from taking a proper overhead shot of this). The brand identity is also applied to posters, tickets and labels. Additional images available here.

Kathi Burke explores the meaning of tarot cards using Dublin city for inspiration. Her wonderful illustrations depict Dublin’s various landmarks and quirks in the form of 78 tarot cards with a specially designed satchel to house them along with a notebook and pencil.

Lisa Lawlor‘s packaging for a tea brand aimed at teenagers and those in their early twenties uses a lovely loose illustration style with hand rendered humorous text to appeal to her intended audience.

Mary Leonard took on a interesting re-branding project for a research division of the Botany Department at Trinity College Dublin. The brand identity is based on a mathematical configuration that represents the process of interaction between plants and the environment. There are 128 variants of the brand mark based on the 128 different colours that humans and plants can see. Each member of the organisation has their own unique brand identity.

Niamh Richardson developed branding for the Irish National Opera, using illustration and colour to reflect the unique style of each opera.

Suzanne Grogan’s beautiful pop up book illustrates a Poem for Lara,10 by Michael Harenett, capturing the essence of childhood and the poem itself.

More work from the graduates can be seen here.

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