Iterations, for those of you who are picking it up for the first time, was born as a platform for sharing and disseminating Design Research in Ireland. The modest beginnings of its inception was born from a discussion in a kitchen in the Burren on Ireland’s very west coast during Christmas 2014. The discussion had identified that the broad range of design research in Ireland had no central focal point. Both design research and practice research in Ireland had no publication of record where these often dispersed researchers could identify current dialogues and themes in their field and related parallel fields, potentially outside their immediate discipline.

It’s important to remember that the articles and interviews in this publication have been rigorously double blind peer reviewed, therefore the authors and voluntary reviewing panel are to be commended for their dedication and perseverance. With 2 issues every year the turnaround from submission to publication can be very short, making the subjects very relevant and current. Whilst it is not a magazine it does offer authors the ability to publish structured commentary, interviews, reflections on practice, position papers and full academic papers. Thus, the broad nature of the content allows the reader to understand the range of dialogue within the design discipline, transitioning academia and practice.

The submissions for Iterations in issue 6 continue to have an international flavour including interviews with Graphic Design legend Ken Garland and David Smith. Academic papers examine the boundaries between design, craft and technology. Position papers examine sustainability, ethics and design pedagogies in education. The Practice Review illustrates the role of design and technology in the democratisation of local government. Commentary offers a discussion on the phenomenological effect of lighting in interiors and theatre.

  • Dr. Marc Ó’Riain

Editorial A welcome to the sixth edition of Iterations Design Research and Practice Review from Edition Editor, Dr. Marc Ó’Riain Cork Institute of Technology

IDI: President’s Address Kim McKenzie-Doyle Institute of Designers in Ireland

Academic articles

Iterations of Applied Materials in Design Pedagogy Dr Helen McAllister, National College of Art & Design

Smartphone-based vase design:A developing creative practice Paul D Found and Ming-Huang Lin, Institute of Applied Arts, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Position papers

Encouraging responsible design: The use of value thinking and psychology in the education of graphic communication designers Gwen Lettis University of Limerick & Cork Institute of Technology. Dr. Muireann McMahon (2) and Dr. Adam De Eyto (3), University of Limerick

How to engage design students to become Problem finders as well as Problem solvers Louise Kiernan and Niall Deloughry, School of Design, University of Limerick

Practice review

Rules of Engagement; Design Principles for Civic Dialogue in a Post-Truth Era John Buckley and Frank Long,


Immaterial material: Notes on light and shadow in design Renata Pekowska, National College of Art & Design


Graphic Designer 2.0: An interview with David Smith on the evolution of traditional graphic design practice in an increasingly digital world Aideen McCole, 100 Archive

A Word in his Eye: An Interview with Ken Garland Michelle Douglas, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

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