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Gerard McGuickin

Design WriterBelfast, United Kingdom
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Gerard McGuickin

Design WriterBelfast, United Kingdom
About me
I am a writer, idealist and thinker. I’m punctilious, principled and curious. I’m a design aficionado, urban explorer and devotee of pour-over coffee. Moustachioed and affable, I’m an inquisitive introvert.
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Work history
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    Freelance design writerGerard McGuickin (formerly Walnut Grey Design)
    Belfast, United KingdomFreelance
    I established Walnut Grey Design in 2011 as a manifesto of good design. Originally a design blogger, I now write about design on a freelance basis and under my own name: Gerard McGuickin. My clients include: ArchiExpo, Chisel & Mouse, Dare Studio, Design Nation, Gessato, HEY GENTS, Liqui Design, London Design Fair, LZF Lamps, Seen PR and Vibia. As well as writing about design, I often have the opportunity to present at various design events and participate in design trips. Working with British PR firm Seen PR and Associative Design Portugal, I recently presented at and chaired a seminar in Porto on Portuguese design. I have presented at previous editions of Designjunction and chaired design conversations at the London Design Fair (both part of London Design Festival). I have had the opportunity to participate in a number of design trips. I visited the Ceramiche Refin tile factory and headquarters near Bologna, Italy, as part of a press tour organised by Refin and British PR firm Industry Publicity. I was part of a select group of bloggers and writers that participated in a tour of Spanish design brands, in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid. The tour was organised by RED (a nonprofit conglomeration of Spanish design companies) and Spanish PR firm Felices. I visited Republic of Fritz Hansen’s headquarters in Allerød, Denmark, as part of a design press tour. I have worked as a freelance design writer with ArchiExpo e-magazine at Salone del Mobile, reporting on the fair.
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    Leadership Development ConsultantThe King's Fund
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
Skills
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Design Thinking
  • Curating
  • Public Speaking
  • Facilitation
Education
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    Master Degree in Psychology MScUniversity of Surrey
     - Guildford, United Kingdom
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    2:1 in BSc (Hons) PsychologyQueen's University Belfast
     - Belfast, United Kingdom