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Design West Summer School

23.06.18-06.07.18

Design West is an international summer design school located in Connemara, using wild surroundings as both a mode of research and a source of inspiration

Booking Information

Design West Summer School

GMIT Letterfrack, Letterfrack, County Galway, Ireland

23.06.18-06.07.18

Booking Information

Design West Summer School

GMIT Letterfrack, Letterfrack, County Galway, Ireland

23.06.18-06.07.18

Design West is an international summer design school located in the beautiful village of Letterfrack in Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland. For two weeks next summer, from June 23rd to July 6th 2018, participants will get the opportunity to work with leading international designers from renowned studios across Europe. Unplugging from our hectic everyday working lives—commuting, cell phones, deadlines, media saturation—participants will immerse themselves in the wild and rugged Connemara landscape and use it both as a mode of research and as a source of inspiration.

Summer is a time for exploration and discovery, for meeting new people and taking on new challenges. It is also a time to get away from the grind of ‘the everyday’ and to reflect upon one’s role and purpose as a designer. Design West offers the perfect environment for studying design in a non-urban environment—away from the noise of the city and the pressures of deadlines. Students will participate in a two-week programme of discovery, learning, reflection, adventure and making.

The course will take place at the GMIT campus in Letterfrack which boasts CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital, manufacturing all ideal for the realisation of 2D and 3D design expressions. The campus has excellent Wi-Fi connectivity. In the rural setting beyond the campus, connectivity is weaker, an opportunity for students at Design West to ‘unplug’ from the busy world of design and gain new perspectives. Teachers on the course include Ken Deegan/Pentagram (US), Isidro Ferrer (ES), R2 Design (PT), Unthink (IE), Conor Clarke/Design Factory (IE) and the staff at GMIT Letterfrack. Design West facilitates both individual and collaborative approaches to the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, installations, abstract and environmental design.

To participate in Design West you must apply by 20 April with a pdf portfolio of work. Applications are welcome from postgraduate students and professionals from any and all creative and related disciplines — architects, educators, writers, artists, graphic designers, typographers, illustrators, creative directors, art directors, product designers, motion designers, interaction designers, UX/UI designers, furniture designers, fashion and textiles — students, graduates, professionals — in fact anyone interested in creativity, adventure and fun is welcome to apply.

Read about the origins of Design West on the 100 Archive, contact Conor for more information, and apply at designwest.eu