Design creates a better world.

It shapes our daily lives, influencing how we interact with each other and with our environment. At its best, design is a powerful catalyst for change.

Irish Design 2015 was about harnessing this power and working to support society; educators and students; designers; the public sector; and businesses.

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Educators and Students


Irish Design was about achieving change through design.

Irish Design 2015 was part of the Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

Through our year-long programme of events, we worked towards:

  • raising the profile of Irish design, at home and abroad
  • increasing awareness of the value of design in all aspects of life
  • building on the international reputation of Irish design
  • encouraging links between local and global Irish designers
  • showcasing the importance of design to success in business and as a driver of economic growth

The outcomes of the year were:

  • 370 newly registered design companies
  • 476 designers supported to attend international design-based trade events
  • 50 companies supported to undertake design training
  • €24.1 million in design-based exports generated
  • 28.5 million people engaged with ID2015 through exhibitions and events
  • €20.1 million+ PR value generated
  • 3 design accelerators launched

Design is present in every aspect of our lives, from the everyday to the spectacular, from our takeaway coffee cup to the cutting edge of innovation in science, business and technology. ID2015 aims to celebrate and promote design across a wide range of disciplines.

Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, is Patron of Irish Design 2015 and the initiative has been included in the Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

ID2015 is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, in collaboration with partner organisations on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland.

Delivering the ID2015 programme would not be possible without the enthusiastic involvement and generous support of the design community, partners and sponsors, for which the ID2015 team is extremely grateful. ID2015 actively seeks partnership opportunities with suitable organisations. See the full list of partners here »

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