PICK OF THE WEEK
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