The National College of Art & Design (NCAD) was established in 1746 and is located in the storied Liberties neighbourhood, just a couple of blocks west of the hotel. Collaborating with Derek McGarry – Head of NCAD Department of Innovation and Engagement – our management and interior architecture team worked to develop a challenging and interesting design brief. That brief demanded an experienced team of designers to work closely with Mr McGarry and he duly identified three talented communication design graduates to work with, one graphic designer and two illustrators. All three are emerging designers developing their careers in the design industry.
The team began their research by visiting Dublin’s museums and cultural institutions to identify potential storylines and local characters to explore. The project took six months to develop and deliver. Hundreds of potential images were developed, discussed and where required reworked before the final collection was printed, mounted and framed by expert sub-contractors. Each of the individual prints collections has a site specific storyline with interesting content about Ship Street and the Liberties. The design illustrations, motifs, patterns and colour schemes create a fascinating glimpse into Dublin life through the ages. All work to encourage curiosity through storytelling. We hope you enjoy them.