I am a London-based, Irish-born Graphic Communication designer. My work focuses on socially-driven projects and the intersection of design and politics. I also run Fail Better Talks with a few mates and like climbing the odd rock in my spare time.Locked Pro Plan feature
Myself and three friends run an event called Fail Better. We believe there is value to be found in disastrous design. Shaped by the lack of conversation around failure in the creative industries, Fail Better celebrates all things imperfect. Every month, we give our speakers the counterintuitive task of talking about the moments they fucked up in their careers and how they dealt with those moments. My role is primarily as the graphic designer - coming up with the branding and keeping the visuals up to speed. I do the odd MC too! Keep a weather eye on our instagram for upcoming events.
Working freelance at a number of design studios in London; Plait Creative, L&Co, Creative Conscience etc. I am also running my own studio part-time. My practice is multi-disciplinary, I approach each project according to its own individual needs. This can range from a variety of medium; typography, identity, film, exhibition, print and digital media.
Responsible for designing print and digital media for leading companies in Ireland such as Dunnes Stores, Bord na Mona, and Trinity College Dublin. Involved in projects full life cycle – from initial briefing and concept, through to design, execution and follow up reporting.
Responsible for designing a range of print media, liaising with clients, print managers and print production for various finishes. A fast-paced studio with a high turnover of design and digital work.
Responsible for designing feature articles and cover stories for leading magazine ‘Hot Press’ and other in-house publications such as ‘GoRail’ and ‘Enterprise.’ Lead redesign of 40th year anniversary (HP40) and given almost full autonomy for the duration of the project. Day to day management of online content.
Responsible for assisting Art Director with cover finishing and layout for Hot Key Books Imprint, leading picture research which included commissioning illustrators for covers and creating promotional materials for marketing.
A four-week creative bootcamp for emerging designers transitioning from education into industry. The first two weeks comprised of a series of talks and workshops at D&AD with visits to various studios around London. The second two weeks focused on working through two briefs set by Design Bridge and Dyson while based at Landor. This culminated in a pitch on the final day.
This is a 2 year Masters of Arts programme. Graduates of this MA are versatile makers, astute commentators, and agents of positive socio-economic, cultural, and technological change. My research focused on the predicament of the Northern-Irish border. Set to leave the European Union, I questioned the necessity of a ‘Smart Border’ system – one of the proposed solutions for the border. I also started a society with a group of mates called Fail Better Talks, which opens up conversations about failure in creative industries. We're hoping to keep it running!
This was a 4 year Bachelor of Arts (Honours degree) aimed at those who wish to become creative graphic designers, typographers, image makers, illustrators and digital media designers. Along with studying, I spent a whole load of time hanging out in the DIT Caving Club and running the DIT Mountaineering Club. There I was responsible for organising trips, managing financials, overseeing Health and Safety, and guiding club branding.
The compulsory secondary school. I spent most of my time in art class or dreaming about being back there during the other classes. Simultaneously the best craic and most relaxing place to be in the whole building.
I received the Contemporary Research Award from Central Saint Martins for my final year project 'Invisible (B)orders'.
I received a Highly Commended in the Creative Conscience Award scheme for the project 'Fail Better,' a monthly talk series that celebrates all things imperfect.
I received a New Blood Pencil in the Side Hustle category for the project 'Fail Better,' a monthly talk series that celebrates all things imperfect. https://www.dandad.org/awards/new-blood/2019/dad-side-hustle/3513/fail-better/
I received a Pass Award from the 2016 Student briefs for the International Society of Typographic Designers annual competition. The project explores an alternative approach to notating music other than classical music notation.
I received the Jacques Teljeur Award for Excellence in Typography awarded by the Dublin Institute of Technology. This was for both print projects completed in my final year.
I received Highly Commended in the Typography category in the Institute Designers of Ireland Awards, 2016. The project explores an alternative approach to notating music other than classical music notation.