Iterations aims to encourage and provide a platform for designers interested in setting the standard in all aspects of design in the island of Ireland. A new year, a new edition; with the end of Irish Design 2015 it is significant to keep up the momentum that was laid down in that year. With its superb design layout, Iterations reflects and continues the dialogue and influence of the springboard provided by Irish Design 2015. It enables us to share the stories and development in a broad spectrum of design activity so that a design community can enhance a design environment both nationally and internationally.

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.

– Jeremy Madden


Editorial A welcome to the third edition of Iterations Design Research and Practice Review from Editor, Jeremy Madden.

Redesigning Ireland Programme Director for ID2015, Alex Milton discusses what does the future of design look like?

IDI: President’s Address George Boyle addresses what is design and being part of a design community.


Birthspace, Light and Embodied Experience Doreen Balabanoff focuses on light, darkness and colour with the insightful writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and James J. Gibson.

Diary of a Building Eoghan Conor-O’Shea examines soliciting building users as proxy-researchers.

Design in Dublin Aideen McCole examines design in Dublin and investigates the characteristics in the city.


Generative Sans Leon Butler develops a project creating a complex future type.

E-Portfolios in the Interior Design Curriculum Orla Kane reviews academic literature to establish the rationale behind the integration of an e-Portfolio into design studio projects.


Maser Interview Marc O’Riain interviews Maser Ireland’s leading urban artist.

Design for Services Simon O’Rafferty gets insight by interviewing three Irish designers working on the design of services.

Perch Design Simon Dennehy reflects on a journey from researcher to design practice with Adam de Eyto.

Learning in Practice Lynn Whelan, Carmel Maher and Colin Deevy interview Mathew Bates

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