Hot or Not?

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_Marsala_Color_StandardsI think it’s fair to say that as marketing ploys go, the introduction in the year 2000 of a “Colour of the Year” by Pantone hasn’t really infiltrated our mindset in the way that might have been imagined. Don’t get me wrong, we all LOVE Pantone. What’s not to love about those fabulous colour swatches, bound into a fan deck which allows us to specify an exact pigment, tint or hue in a standardised colour reproduction system. Pantone began as a commercial printing company in the 1950s and their primary products still include the Pantone Guides, consisting of a large number of small thin cardboard sheets, printed on one side with a series of related colour swatches. The idea is that designers can “colour match” specific colours when a design enters production stage, regardless of the equipment used to produce the colour. Continue reading

Do you have designs on your future career?


Is there a designer lurking inside you? Or someone close to you? If, so, listen up! it’s never too late (or too early) to learn. I have taught for many years in the Design Department of Blackrock Further Education Institute (formerly Senior College Dún Laoghaire, SCD) on a variety of design subjects. Over the years the courses have evolved to suit the changing needs and interests of our students. Continue reading

Tonight we own the night.

logoOk, so I might be stealing a line from The Wanted but this week’s blog really couldn’t be about anything else except Culture Night. You see tomorrow Friday 20th September is Culture Night in Ireland. To those of you unfamiliar with the concept it involves an evening (usually 6-10 pm or so) where the doors (and pavements) are thrown open and the person on the street (that’s you!) is welcomed in to enjoy, admire, listen, inhale and gently absorb the richness and the beauty that is our culture. Continue reading

How do you know about these things?

herman wPeople often ask me when I have purchased something whether from a shop, at an auction or an exhibition “how do you know about these things?” I have been known to buy a wide range of interiors (and exteriors) items on line but I also source a lot of products locally in shops and in auctions. So how do I know about auctions? Well I read the papers, I attend auctions and exhibitions and I put my name down on mailing lists so I am informed about the next upcoming event. I’m always on the lookout for a bargain as well as keeping a sharp eye on new lines coming into stores. Sometimes it’s possible to spot a wonderful design item obscured in a sea of mundanity. Continue reading