Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Design for Good

A design-led approach to meet the challenges of our future. Our mission is to develop advanced research that has positive social and environmental impact and to drive IADT’s determination to collaborate and consult with industry, government and civic partners.

Public Design Lab collaborations will produce socially-engaged graduates with the skills and experience required to contribute to economic, social and cultural development in ethical and ecologically sustainable ways.

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Let’s work together. We’re looking to build change with you. Being interdisciplinary gives us the flexibility needed by projects of all shapes, sizes and scope. How do you want to work with us?

Why Public Design Lab?

Public Design Lab was established to promote and develop the work of IADT researchers and students across the Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies which engages with design for the public good, social change, and environmental sustainability. Public Design Lab aims to:

Create change
Establish an Irish design research lab with a strong focus on social design for public good.

Establish space
Provide an interface through which IADT researchers can meet and collaborate with national and international stakeholders.

Expand horizons
Develop longitudinal projects not accommodated by the academic timeframe.

Showcase work
Promote the diversity of IADT’s design research and social design projects.

Affiliated Programmes

Masters programmes at IADT

Postgraduate Certificates at IADT

Undergraduate Programmes at IADT

Masters programme with the Institute without BoundariesThe MA in Design for Change, established in 2017 was developed in partnership with the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College, Toronto. IwB focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation through design research and strategy. Student and staff exchanges with the IwB are very positive, and many research projects solve international problems across cultures and boundaries. Explore selected research projects here.

Clyde Doyle

Clyde Doyle

Clyde Doyle is a lecturer on BA Design for Film and Co-Chair of the MA Design for Change a programme run in collaboration with the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) at George Brown College in Toronto.

His professional career since 1995 has spanned a variety of creative industries; industrial design, model making/rapid prototyping, fine art fabrication and production design for film, TV and theatre. 

Currently engaged in his PhD in Design at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) he is developing non-anthropocentric design methodologies with the aim of facilitating ecological design practice he is also a Principal Investigator at IADT’s new Public Design Lab which is focuses on design for social and public good.

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Dr Hilary Kenna

Dr Hilary Kenna

Dr Hilary Kenna is a lecturer in graphic and user experience (UX) design. She has taught interaction and graphic design, and typography in the BA(hons) in Visual Communication for over a decade and currently teaches on the Masters in UX Design and postgraduate Certificate in Design Thinking. Hilary has a PhD in Design Principles for Screen Typography from the University of Arts London. 

Over her career Hilary has worked as a designer, strategic design leader, entrepreneur and researcher. She has designed enterprise software products, iPad and mobile apps, web platforms and books. Previously founder of a tech start-up, Hilary has led numerous research projects and lectured and published her work internationally.

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Shirley Casey

Shirley Casey

Shirley Casey is a lecturer on the Visual Communication Design programme, recognised by Domus magazine as one of the top 25 Graphic Design programmes in Europe, and co-chair of the MA in Design for Change at IADT, a programme run in collaboration with the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) at George Brown College in Toronto. She has taught spatial design for over a decade with a focus on experiential graphic design facilitating several industry projects with a variety of government, cultural, educational and sporting organisations. She previously specialised in packaging design and retail branding for a broad range of Irish and international clients.

Peter Evers

Peter Evers

Peter Evers is a professional photographer of 25yrs. He holds a Masters in Fine Art from Ulster University. His Fine Art work has been exhibited internationally and the practice is related primarily to technological determinism. He is a lecturer and researcher on the Graphic Design Programme at IADT since 2015. His research is currently focused on human decision making using interdisciplinary and intentional design that acknowledges the inherent ignorance and irrationality of humans and responds with compassionate, inclusive and sustainable solutions.