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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Lau­rence Mackin

OFF­SET

Is there a bet­ter in­dus­try­fo­cused con­fer­ence in Ire­land than Off­set? This week­end the cre­ative se­ries of work­shops and lec­tures takes over its regular, an­nual roost in the Bord Gáis En­ergy Theatre in Dublin, with a top-class ros­ter of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal de­sign­ers and cre­atives.

If you haven’t been be­fore, the set-up is straight­for­ward. Each speaker gets 45 min­utes in the big main room of the theatre for a pre­sen­ta­tion on their life and work. The venue’s sec­ond room lets you get a lit­tle more up close and per­sonal with panel dis­cus­sions and Q&As with the cre­ative high rollers.

There are no VIP rooms at Off­set, which makes the whole en­ter­prise feel en­tirely in­clu­sive.

The tick­ets are not ex­actly cheap, but the cal­i­bre of speak­ers is sec­ond to none. If you work in any sort of cre­ative field and go to Off­set with an open mind, you’ll leave with plenty of in­spi­ra­tion and more than a sack­ful of ideas to bring back to your desk (even if you work in an area as con­ser­va­tive and tra­di­tional as, say, news­pa­pers).

Among those mak­ing the trip to Dublin this year are Snask, Bar­ber Os­gerby, Pen­ta­gram, Chrissie Macdon­ald (whose work is fea­tured above) Ian An­der­son and Aisha Zei­jpveld.

Lo­cal tal­ent on of­fer in­cludes Rory Hamil­ton from Boys and Girls, de­sign­ers An­nie Atkins and Sue Mur­phy, and comic book artist De­clan Shalvey. Colour us en­thused. ilove­off­set.com

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