Words by Tanya Grimson & Nicole Thomsen
March 15th, 2018
Offset, Ireland’s largest creative three-day event, returns to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from March 23rd – 25th, and this year promises to deliver even more inspirational talks and creative showcases to titillate its aspiring audience. Founded in 2009 by Bren Byrne and Richard Seabrooke, Offset has become renowned as the event to attend if you are in the arts, media and design realms, offering insights into the creative industry from the people at the forefront of their vocations and creating an impact in their respective practices.
2018 promises a grand slam of days, each offering a plethora of talks with key highlights from an amazing array of talented guests. With over 100 speakers presenting their unique industry experiences it was hard to narrow down the list of who we simply had to see; for us, a digital publisher who likes to dip our toes in innovation, design and creativity, Offset is a hotbed of who’s who in the creative industry. From Simone Rocha to Aoife McArdle, we’ve listed our top five speakers that are not to be missed.
For many, Simone Rocha needs no introduction. Daughter of John Rocha, the Irish designer debuted at London Fashion Week in 2010 and has experienced raucous success ever since. In 2015, she opened her first store in London, opening a second in New York two years later. Her ethereal designs have appeared in international magazines the world over and are frequently worn by countless stars such as Alexa Chung, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Keira Knightley on the red carpet. In 2016, she was honoured with the coveted British Womenswear Designer Award at the Fashion Awards.
If you were to ask someone what their favourite Christmas advert in recent years was, chances are they would mention the work of Richard Brim. From Monty the Penguin to Moz the Monster, Brim has created some of the best, award-winning Christmas campaign adverts for retailers such as John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and H&M where he collaborated with renowned film director Wes Anderson on the short film Come Together. In 2016, he took over the creative helm at advertising agency Adam & Eve/DBB which was named APG Agency of the Year the following year.
Gail Bichler is renowned for creating some of the coolest covers to grace The New York Times Magazine; she and her team have received numerous awards for not only print but also their interactive and groundbreaking work in virtual reality. Her work is revered due to her experimentation with layout, typography and visual graphics that break the traditional mould of representations and, as a result, they were named “Magazine of the Year” in 2016 by the Society of Publication Designers (S.P.D.) and received two Grand Prix awards at the Cannes Lions festival.
Aoife McArdle may not yet be a household name but chances are her work has graced your television screen more than once. The Northern Irish director is behind many thought-provoking advertisements, one in particular being a commercial for Audi which took on the issue of the gender pay gap. Her work as a director also ventures into the music industry, most notably the critically acclaimed short film Every Breaking Wave for which she was given full artistic licence to produce for U2’s titular single. Her first feature film Kissing Candice, a coming-of-age story set on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, debuted at Toronto International Film Festival late last year.
Described as the go-to graphic designer for creative clients, Frith Kerr is the award-winning founder of design consultancy Studio Frith. Her studio has produced work for some of the world’s most stylish brands including but not limited to Alexachung and Roksanda for who she was given the task of rebranding the entire line down to the labels and logotype.
Event: OFFSET Dublin
Venue: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2
Dates: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th March 2018
Price: Tickets range from €50 for students to €295 for a weekend pass via Ticketmaster.ie.
Group Bookings: 01 677 7770
Ticketmaster Dedicated Line: 0818 719 377
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