Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Towards a Creative Dún Laoghaire

Project Lead Bernadette Meagher
Researchers Justyna Doherty, Ella Fitzpatrick,
Peter Evers, Clyde Doyle
Funded by Creative Ireland, Creative Communities Economic Action Fund
In partnership with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC)
Exploring new ways to deepen the relationship between IADT and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and enable IADT graduates and other creatives to stay working in and with Dún Laoghaire.

Project Description

The Towards a Creative Dún Laoghaire project, funded by the Creative Ireland Creative Communities Economic Development Fund, provided the opportunity for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLR) and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology’s (IADT) Public Design Lab to conduct research into the local creative economy and explore the developing relationship between the partners. The design of the project was determined by the principles of the PDL, guided by founders, Clyde Doyle and Peter Evers, researchers, Ella Fitzpatrick and Justyna Doherty employed co-design tools and strategies to reach as many stakeholders as possible using a range of formats for communication and engagement.


A variety of public engagement activities took place; a week-long charrette workshop, coffee morning, expert panel discussion and 1:1 interview with stakeholders.


Interdisciplinary and intergenerational collaborations allowed the researchers to capture important insights and facilitate discussions about the creative economy. The conversations served both as a method of data collection and as an accelerator in terms of building relationships between the stakeholders, which was a valuable outcome of the strategic design of this research study.


Research Methods included:

● Design Thinking

● Speculative Design

● Systems Thinking

● Future Thinking


Tools included:

● Stakeholder mapping / stakeholder value maps

● Context mapping

● Brain writing

● Idea filtering

● Storyboarding

● Worldbuilding

● Affinity map

● Research sense-making workshop


A six-month inter-disciplinary research initiative from June 2022 to December 2022 aligned to the PDL’s desire for advanced research with a positive social and environmental impact. Further information and full research report, including charrette workshop report are available from or