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April 10th 2011

Paperfree Project interview. More>>
PaperFree Project Interview

April 7th 2011

Ogilvy, one of Ireland’s leading Advertising and communications agency, have announced that they will be hosting Dublin’s Portfolio Night 9. This year’s event, will take place May 26.

Portfolio Night is designed to help students and aspiring young creatives around the world break into the creative industry and to showcase the next generation of talent. More>>

Portfolio Night

March 10th 2011

April's issue of the German design and typography magazine Page features an article entitled 'Typedesignszene Irland' which highlights Irish typographic design and contains an interview with Con Kennedy and other prominent Irish designers.
Page magazine

March 7th 2011

The third G6 Series lecture entitled “They named the company after me: How and why I started a Design Practice” takes place this week and features Jenny Walsh, Bob Gray and Barry Sheehan.

Date: Wednesday 9th March.
Location: Room G6, DIT Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.
Time: 6.30PM sharp.
Twitter: @g6series
Facebook: g6series
Web: www.g6series.com

G6 Series

February 22nd 2011

Con Kennedy has joined the Design, Print and Packaging Skillnet steering committee in an advisory role to help develop the Skillnet’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme for those involved in the design and printing industries.

Con has undertaken a comprehensive study into the skills, skill deficits and the benefits to the design and visual communications sector in engaging with professional development and in particular, a certified CPD Programme.

This research identified a number of potential models for the delivery of such programme and the need for industry to fully participate and commit to continuous development.

G6 Series

February 7th 2011

The second G6 Series lecture entitled “Forget flippin’ burgers, I got a job in a design office” take place this week and features Naoise Ó Conchubhair, Paul Finnegan and Gregor Timlin.

Date: Wednesday 9th Februrary.
Location: Room G6, DIT Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.
Time: 6.30PM sharp.
Twitter: @g6series
Facebook: g6series
Web: www.g6series.com

G6 Series

December 22nd 2010

Christmas Greetings from Con Kennedy Visual Communications - http://eepurl.com/b3zhH
G6 Series

December 8th 2010

Following on from the positive feedback received from the "How I became a designer" talk at Design Week 2010, myself and DIT colleague, Barry Sheehan have decided to expand on themes that came up for discussion as part of the questions and answers and turn them into a series of talks. Called the G6 Series, the talks will run monthly in DIT Mountjoy Square and admission is free. More>>
G6 Series

December 2nd 2010

Keeping thre craft alive! I recently attended a letterpress printing course in the National Print Museum of Ireland. Exploring the craft of movable type and the beauty of the print quality it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. More>>
National Print Museum

October 26th 2010

I'm delighted to discover that my work for Refresh Digital has been selected for publication in Peleg Top's new book on brand identity called Logolicious.

Published by Harper Collins, this mini book of logos features over 300 pages and more than 1000 examples of identity design from the worlds leading graphic designers and is available from Amazon.

Logolicious

September 12th 2010

This weekend saw Dublin host the annual conference of AtypI. Entitled "The Word", the conference brought together some of the world's most influential typographic designers and academics to Dublin Castle.

Con Kennedy was amongst the 400 strong delegation that included Ellen Lupton, Erik Spiekermann, Jean François Porchez and Jos Buivenga.

The many of the seminars had an Irish theme and discussed concepts of Irish Identity, Irish Script, the printing of Proclamation of Independence and also covered talks on iconic Irish brands such as Jacob's Biscuits and Aer Lingus. There was also a debate regarding the classification of the Irish scrip, where the speaker cited Con Kennedy as one of a hand full of typographic designers developing digital Irish typefaces.

Atypi The Word

September 6th 2010

Design Week 2010 runs from November 1st to 7th as part of this year’s events and I’m running talk on creativity and inspiration.

Entitled "How I became a Designer" the event will involve participation form 6 prominent designers where they will discuss what influenced them to to take up a career in design and what continues to drive their creative passions.

Each designer will give a short informal presentation and after which the floor will be opened up for a question and answers session. If you would like to take part in this talk or would like further information you can email.

Event Details (subject to change):
Date: Wednesday 3rd November.
Location: Room G6, DIT Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1.
Time: 7PM sharp, admission is FREE.

How I became a designer

August 22nd 2010

Taking place from 22nd-25th August at the RDS Simmonscourt, the Autumn Gift and Home Show will feature the very best of Irish and international suppliers. This year's show will feature a number of seminars with industry professionals sharing their knowledge and expertise on a range of topics. Con Kennedy will be giving a seminar on retail branding every day at 1pm as part of the Explore Retail clinic at the show.

explore retail

July 28th 2010

New blog post on what value-added services a designer brings to the client. Read More>>


July 12th 2010

With great excitement we find out that the Picturebox and Refresh brand identities we designed have been selected for publication in a new book from Logolounge.

Due to hit book shelves in July 2011, Master Library, Volume 3 is the third publication from Rockport Publishers featuring the ultimate collection of logos by category.

Volume 3 focusses on Symbols & Shapes and is something that we are very proud to be featured in!

Logo Lounge

July 7th 2010

We have just developed the identity for newly formed start-up company EZ NCT.

EZ NCT provide a convenient service for motorists who don't have the time to get their vehicles tested and will collect your car, deliver to your nominated NCT Testing centre and return you car to a location of your choice.

EZ NCT

June 23 2010

Why spec work is bad for both the designer and client - Blog post. Read More>>


Monday, June 21, 2010

The second issue of Ratio from the Institute of Designers in Ireland has just been published and can be downloaded from here.

Ratio Issue 2

June 18th 2010

Con Kennedy was interviewed by presenter Alex Gibson on the The Persuaders weekly marketing and media programme on Dublin City FM.

Representing the Institute of Designers in Ireland, Con, along with fellow council member Barry Sheehan discussed many issues relating to design in Ireland, Dublin's potential bid to become Wold Design Capital and new initiatives introduced recently by the Institute of Designers in Ireland.

A podcast of the show can be downloaded from iTunes or from here. The Persuaders is broadcast live at 1.00pm every Friday.

Persuaders Podcast

May12th

Con Kennedy attended the inaugural Service Design Thinks Dublin talk in the Cultivate Building on Smock Alley.

Speakers included Toby Scott, of Pentacle, Jim Dunne, cofounder of Design Twentyfirst Century and Keith Finglas of Innovation Delivery.

The presentations were on the role of service design in enterprise, social innovation and education. It was also a opportunity to network with like minded people, have a chat and share experiences.

Design service thinks

May10th

The Institute of Designers in Ireland are now accepting submissions for their Graduate Awards 2010.

IDI Graduate Call for Entries

April 6th 2010

Design Is My Thing is an independent project dedicated to promoting the role of design in business and social enterprise and is coordinated by Jason Stevens, a design engineer and member of AIGA Boston.

Their first project "Small Talk" is a series interviews comprising of 3 or 4 Questions to leading 150 designers in their field. Con Kennedy was interviewed as part of this international collaborative project. Con's interview (no. 67) a can be read here>>

You can also follow DMIT on Twitter.

Design Is My Thing

March 2nd 2010

Why you should always hire a professional designer - Blog post. Read More>>


February 20th 2010

Just published is the new magazine from the Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Called Ratio, this digital magazine will be published quarterly and is available to download from here>>.

Ratio Issue 1

February 18th 2010

Two new identities for sister companies.

Adforce is a new platform for mobile advertisers and provide advice and solutions to help publishers and brands optimise opportunities in mobile advertising.

The identity reflects the move to the "m." (M-Dot) platform for mobile publishing and mobile websites optimised for hand held devices.

Digital Reach produce content for mobile and hand held devices and recently launched the very successful RTE News iPhone App which is available free to download on iTunes or via Apple's App Store.

This identity was developed to reflect the tactile feel of an App interface and this is communicated through the use of interacting tablet shapes, reflecting the established icon shape of the App itself.

adforce

digital reach


January 14th 2010

We were recently commissioned by the Exhibit Design Group to develop a branding manual for the Applegreen Service Station group.

The manual was prepared as part of a submission document to the National Roads Authority and included solutions for brand extension to the existing Applegreen identity, design and development of wayfinding systems and design of interior and exterior signage for use in 3 news services stations in Lusk, Enfield and Dundalk.

applegreen

December 15th 2009

Con Kennedy was invited to give a lecture to students in Dublin Institute of Technology studying Masters Degree in Public Relations.

The lecture was on the design process and the strategic use of design. Students were brought though the design process with the emphasis on design as a business tool for clients. Other items discussed was the importance of clear communication and how a good deign brief are crucial to the success of any solution.


November 2nd 2009

We have just rebranded Technical Engineering Group in conjunction with AMAS.

A master brand was developed for the Group identity with two sub-brands for the Pharma and Aviation divisions.

We also developed the User Interface for their new website which was built by Beecher Networks using the Wordpress content management system

technical engineering group

July 20th 2009

Just launched is the new website for Focal Media. The clients core business service is providing advertising space though the use of in-bar displays. Part of our design brief was to provide the client with an effective on-line solution to manage and co-ordinate the placement of these advertisements, but also provide the client with a scalable online presence.

focal media

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