We continue from the success of Dr. Adam de Eyto’s work in initiating and launching this publication in June of this year. Quite simply, it’s a very exciting time to be a design researcher and practitioner in Ireland. Irish Design 2015 has assisted many fantastic initiatives that have ignited this excitement.

It is important to view this publication as an evolving design project itself; with every edition growing ideas, framing and re-framing thoughts, diverging and converging. When we shape what we perceive as a typical edition of Iterations, then, hopefully we can disrupt, subvert, and move into unexpected spaces constructing new platforms to disseminate and grow ideas.

We aim to act in an inclusive manner and maintain a sense of community and collegiality between academic institutes, students and our design peers. It is important to encourage and give confidence to up and coming design researchers to write and disseminate, visualise, design, make and produce.

– PJ White


Editorial: A welcome to our second issue of Iterations Design Research & Practice Review from Lead Editor, Dr. P.J. White.

ID2015: A Catalyst for Innovation: Programme Director for ID2015, Alex Milton reflects on the Irish Design 2015 initiative and how it can be a future ‘catalyst for innovation’.

IDI: President’s Address: President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland, Marc O’Riain, discusses the role and progress of Ireland’s largest organisation of professionally based designers in 2015.

1. Education

Transition Project: Reflections on design education in practice Dermot McInerney explores and makes sense of diverse and challenging briefs with Product Design students.

Digital Training Resources: An exploration into the development, need and use of digital medium resources in a predefined training process Davin Larkin discusses the development of DTRs aimed at supplementing beginners in learning the use of woodworking machinery.

2. Papers

Moving towards user-centred services in the public sector: Heather Madden and Linzi Ryan’s paper examines approaches to enable public sector organisations to embrace and implement Service Design tools and methodologies.

The forces that shaped the Irish Regional Technical College buildings: Marc Ó Riain discusses the forces of architecture, education, economics, politics, philosophy and society that shaped the design of Irish Regional Technical College buildings.

Discover Joyce’s Dublin by Reading and Running: Barry Sheehan’s paper explores the virtual Dublin of Joyce’s writings, the physical manifestation of Dublin over time, and the relationships between them.

Designing Work: A study of collaboration and concentration in open-plan offices: John Walsh examines the design of open-plan offices, particularly in relation to the impact of spatial design on different work-modes.

Austins Memory and Place: Terry Quigley visualises relationships between memory and place in a culturally significant, iconic location.

3. Policy

Developing the Creative Economy: Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD offers an opinion piece from the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

A design research framework to inform policy in Irish Higher Education: Carmel Maher discusses the creation of a design research framework to inform policy within the changing landscape of higher education in Ireland.

4. Practice Review

Design, iteration and a start-up journey: David Craig describes the design process in creating the Scriba Stylus.

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