Friday, April 24, 2009

David Rooney’s been to visit...

Susanne Sweetman

Anne Marie Smith

Caitriona Murphy

Edel Flynn

...and like last year, brought two Hot Press articles with him for both third year groups to illustrate. It works like this: David starts at 11.00am on Wednesday, briefs the students and gives them both articles. They select one, and have a real world deadline to complete the work by, which is normally 1.00pm the following Friday. That’s two days to produce a print ready illustration, to a standard that Hot Press will be happy to publish.

Thanks again to David, and a selection of eight of the finished pieces are shown above. Keep an eye on the next edition of Hot Press to see which ones actually make the cut, and what the articles were...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

AIT Design Students Shortlisted in drinkaware Film Competition

DARE2BDRINKAWARE shortlist AIT student Michelle Lavelle Glynn pictured yesterday at the announcement of the 10 shortlisted entries in this year’s DARE2BDRINKAWARE student film competition were: (from l to r). Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of, AIT student Michelle Lavelle Glynn and John Hurley, Director of Learning at The Digital Hub. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

DARE2BDRINKAWARE shortlist AIT student David O’Carroll pictured yesterday at the announcement of the 10 shortlisted entries in this year’s DARE2BDRINKAWARE student film competition were: (from l to r). Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of, AIT student David O’Carroll, and John Hurley, Director of Learning at The Digital Hub. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

Two Design students at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) have been shortlisted for the final of DARE2BDRINKAWARE, a film competition organised by the Digital Hub Development Agency and sponsored by The competition for third-level students is aimed at highlighting young people’s attitudes to alcohol.


David O’Carroll from Carrick-on-Shannon and Michelle Lavelle Glynn from Cork are both final year students on the BA (Hons) in Design in Multimedia Studies. David and Michelle’s films were shortlisted from over 100 entries received by the competition organisers. Both students singlehandedly wrote and produced their shortlisted films, ‘A Simple Choice’ and ‘Drinkorexic vs Obesity’.


The films will now go forward to be judged by a prestigious panel, made up of RTÉ and Lyric FM presenter John Kelly; Áine Moriarty, Director of the Irish Film and Television Academy; and representatives of the Irish Film Institute, Union of Students in Ireland, and the Digital Hub.


The judging panel will review each of the 10 films and judge them according to the following categories: Best Production, Best Original Concept, Best Impact, Public Vote and Best Overall Film. Members of the public have an opportunity to vote for their favourite film at the website, where they can view each of the shortlisted entries.


Senior Lecturer in Design at AIT, Eddie Ryan, congratulated the two students on reaching the final stages of the competition. “Great credit is due to David and Michelle for being shortlisted. This is not only a prestigious event and one that I’m sure will benefit their future careers, but it also has a very important social message. Both films highlight their maker’s innate creativity, as well as the professional skill-set which the students have developed here at AIT. We are very proud of them and look forward enormously to the awards ceremony itself.”


Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of said: “The shortlisted teams are in the running to win up to €5,000 in prize money, and they will also get the chance to meet Lenny Abrahamson, one of Ireland’s most successful film directors. The winning films will be unveiled at an awards ceremony next week, at which Lenny Abrahamson will present the top prize and make a keynote speech.


“In addition, all shortlisted teams get the chance to take part in workshops with various Irish film and TV personalities as part of the Cinemagic film festival in May. They can avail of free master-classes with the likes of Patrick Bergin, Ray D’Arcy, Aidan Power and David Caffrey, and all shortlisted films will also be screened at ‘Movies @ Dundrum’ on Sunday 10 May at 5pm,” she said.


According to John Hurley, Director of Learning at The Digital Hub, DARE2BDRINKAWARE received a fantastic response from students this year. “The number of entries we received was more than four times the amount we received in 2008,” he said. “Interest for this competition is really growing amongst Ireland’s student population, and I know the shortlisted teams announced at this morning’s event are really excited to get the chance to meet so many industry insiders over the coming weeks. 


“DARE2BDRINKAWARE is a real opportunity for fledgling film-makers to take the first step up their career ladders by networking and meeting influential figures from the worlds of film and TV. The 10 shortlisted films range from the light-hearted to the more serious, and differ greatly in style and content. Some of Ireland’s future famous film-makers could well be amongst these 10 entries.”


A montage of the 10 short-listed films was shown yesterday (14.04.09) at an event in the Irish Film Institute, and some of the student film-makers that entered the competition were in attendance. The winning films in the five categories of the DARE2BDRINKAWARE competition will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in The Digital Hub on Thursday 23 April. Further information about DARE2BDRINKAWARE is available from

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Calling All Past Graduates...

In another attempt to gather momentum, we're looking to our alumni from any year of the nearly 30 year history AIT has with graphic design. That's a lot of graduates if you put them end to end, and a whole lot of printed/web matter propelled into the world at large. 

We know where some of you are, but not all of you - impossible, we know, but should any graduate like to get in touch with the work they've been doing and wouldn't mind a wee profile being put onto the blog, we would be very glad to hear from you.


Go on - you know you want to...

Friday, April 3, 2009

Okay. One last one, and then we're off...

Katie Ruth Halpin venerates CSS, fifties housewives  and aliens in re-designed magazine double page spreads and a new cover for Hot Press Magazine from 2nd year. 

Easter Break

We close today for two weeks, so things will be a little quiet on the posting front. When we come back, it's cherry trees in blossom at Northgate Street, portfolio assessment for first year entry, end of year assessments and show building - there may be a lot of process posts!

Have a good Easter everyone.

Athlone Art Gallery Brief

Athlone Town Council have received funding to regenerate the old town library on the bridge, and, economy permitting, will transform it into a state of the art gallery in the coming years. Fourth Year Visual Communications were briefed on creating a new identity for the gallery, and Edwina Hoey's external signage is shown above. More examples to come in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Closing Date For External Applicants: 2009

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms from external applicants is April 1st 2009. However, should you wish to make a late application, please email admissions: Late applications will be considered should places become available on the courses in September.

Year Two Visual Communications: CD Covers Brief

A selection of Olga Crehan’s charming imagery for Pulp’s ‘Common People’.

Eoin O’Brien’s solution to Anuna’s choral take on the Francis Ledwidge poem ‘August’ is suitably poetic and resonant - about the death of Summer and the onset of Autumn, coupled with images inspired by first world war journals from the trenches.

During the course of her research into Nellie McKay’s ‘Mother Of Pearl’, Anne Marie Burke discovered Camille Paglia, Denis Kusinich and what it means to be intelligently sarcastic. Today, she also discovered emo-feminism. Don’t ask.