I’m a graphic designer and web developer from Dublin.
I have a passion for the visual arts, music, film and theatre, and regularly attend exhibitions, concerts and cultural events. I frequently participate in live performances with my choir, which I really enjoy. I have a keen interest in travel and languages and love city breaks. Backpacking throughout Southeast Asia and India, and my experiences living and working in Canada, Australia and New Zealand have been so inspiring, both personally and creatively. I am efficient by nature with an enthusiastic personality; I enjoy problem solving and love working as part of team. To relax, I enjoy Pilates, calligraphy, cooking, walking and cycling.
Since graduating from IADT with two BA degrees, I have been working as a print and web designer in both agency and in-house roles. I have freelanced simultaneously—more for love than for money—for extra creative fulfillment. This has called for excellent time management; solely looking after all administrative and financial affairs, and constantly learning new skills as required by a particular brief or appropriate design solution. I have never needed to advertise due to a steady flow of referrals by satisfied clients.
Below is a mix of my independent design work for print and screen and it appears in chronological order, more or less.
Claire Mc Glynn is a fitness and lifestyle professional and a successful olympic weightlifter. Her logo consists of her name and a strong playful icon containing her initials. This logo is white when used over dark backgrounds. A four colour palette was chosen to use across her printed stationery and blog website, which is currently in production.
I’ve used a bokeh cityscape background to add depth and texture to this hypothetical online women’s shoe store. A kaleidescope of legs reflects different customers. For a bit of fun interactivity, when you move the mouse to the right, the legs rotate clockwise, revealing more shoes that were hidden below the product panels. If you move to the left, it would rotate anticlockwise.
These shoes could be changed with every season, depending on which product styles are to be showcased, or they could be abstracted to be more timeless. The “Shoes Shoes Shoes” neon sign would flash on and off from top to bottom.
Subtly, the initials of this alternative/complimentary therapy practice lie in a stylised hand. The hand is forming a mudra; the Buddhist gesture used in meditation and as a symbol for healing. I customised a script typeface for the family name to reflect the personal nature of the business, along with classic Avenir beneath. The colour palette is strong across all printed material. Their website is currently in development.
I created an ornate script identity for this client who makes unique notebooks out of nostalgic second-hand books. The front of her business card looks like a book cover and the reverse like an inside page, illustrated with three fairytale artefacts – a shoe, an apple and a crown.
Dee and Stephen had a beach coral theme for their wedding. I used a classic typographic treatment with illustration and vintage icons, printed on pearlescent card.
Website design/development, domain/hosting management, ongoing photography and print design for this electrical and security company.
I illustrated the ‘Ladybug’ and ‘Turtle’ mascot characters and designed the packaging and point-of-sale posters for this children’s hi-viz product. I also print-managed the custom die-cut vinyl stickers.
I constructed the icon from the initials of the company, L&D, and used teardrop embellishments on the corners, which feature in many of the client’s pieces. Futura was the optimum choice of typeface to reflect the geometric style of this stained glass craftsperson.
Design and development, copywriting, photography and ongoing maintenance for the website of the Dublin printing institution. The challenge lay in neatly categorising their constantly evolving services, while also making them all as visible as possible. Note, I did not design the Upload Files/Design-It-Yourself pages.
The aim was to raise awareness of Domestic Violence in Ireland and promote the IFPA’s support services. My photograph fulfilled the brief as it’s not too distressing, it steers clear of stereotypes and features no recognisable human features.
Pro-choice campaign to argue for safe and legal abortions in Ireland. I illustrated an opening zip on a mouth to reflect inciting discussion on the taboo topic. Graphic and type treatment was applied to a variety of media, i.e. posters, badges, Facebook graphics, etc. This has stood the test of time as it is still in use 4 years later. I have also shown two alternative unused proposals.
Web design and development, photography and social media setup and integration for this popular country pub in Co. Meath.
A pack distributed to all Irish universities during Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week, which included a series of different STI info cards.
Promoting the Sexual Health Magician’s shows in Irish universities. He demonstrates the effects of unprotected sex through the medium of magic!
Web design and development, illustration, logo/branding and flash animation for this at-home beauty salon.
Kids’ A3 size Playmat Menus, including space themed puzzles which I devised myself “Sudoku Star?”, “Space Mystery Wordfill”, “Find Nine Planets” & “Star-tist”. I also fully designed Eddie Rocket’s branded watches and their packaging, among other merchandise, which were given out free with Kids’ meals.
I’m pedantic about correct punctuation and made this game as a personal project a few years ago. It uses fun characters and interactive puzzles to teach a daunting topic in an engaging manner. I voiced all the characters myself; adjusting the pitch with audio software.
Many procrastinators have an internal dialogue constantly reminding them of what has to be done and telling them they're not good enough. I undertook this personal project to highlight the frustration involved in dealing with this subconscious battle. This is old and rough, with low-quality sound, but it’s a work in progress!
Poster and DVD case for an eerie short film about a stalker. I also filmed, edited and animated this title sequence to my chosen piece of music, a sample of “Smoke & Mirrors”, by RJD2.