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Lyric Theatre
55 Ridgeway Street, Belfast, BT9 5FF
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DESIGN CAMP will be a day-long free gathering, featuring invited speakers from Ireland speaking about their experiences in their individual areas of Design. 

It will also contain a participant led “un-conference” - open for anyone within Design to speak at , but with an emphasis on student and graduate speakers.

Alex Milton - ID2015 / Barney Starling - HAY / Joel Simon - Flickerpix Animations / Marc Case - Whitenoise / Paul McNally - Paul McNally Design / Jane Larmour - Architect / Sebastian Heinz - Patchblocks / Rory O'Connor - The Creativity Hub + Rory's Story Cubes / Trish Belford - Co-founder of Tactility Factory and Senior Research Fellow at Belfast School of Art / Deirdre Greaney -

Lunch will be provided.

Paul McNally

Paul is graphic designer, branding consultant and part-time lecturer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He runs his own graphic design studio, Paul McNally Design; creating strategic design solutions for local and international companies.

To enhance his skillset further, he is currently completing a Masters degree in Multidisciplinary Design at the University of Ulster, Belfast (expected June 2016). The main project for this degree is a self-published book – The Five Things Book. The book will be funded by a Kickstarter campaign, launching November 12th 2015. 

The Five Things Book is inspired by the website Five Things (, which he created and also curates. In 2014, his design skills were recognised with a ‘Best Website Design’ award at the DANI (Digital Arts Northern Ireland) Awards. Paul is also a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers.

Marc Case

“To paraphrase the late great Bill Shankly: "Some people believe design is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

Mark Case is co-owner and joint Director of Whitenoise, which he founded with business partner Mark Mulholland in the summer of 2000.

Having studied at York College of Art before going on to work for major UK clients including British Coal Board (yes, he’s really that old), B&Q, Thorntons Chocolates, Thomson Holidays and Asda, he and his family moved to Northern Ireland in 1996 and prior to opening Whitenoise he worked in some of Belfast’s highest profile agencies. A member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and the Northern Ireland Design Alliance, he has lectured throughout Ireland, the UK and overseas on all aspects of design practice.

Perhaps best known for managing complex brand development programmes, his work can be seen for diverse clients such as global survival specialists Survitec Group, and closer to home for Danske Bank and Translink.

Together with Mark Mulholland he has overseen the growth of Whitenoise from a fledgling design practice to Northern Ireland’s leading and largest brand and digital studio, with an undisputed track record in brand development and film, digital animation and VFX for business and broadcast.

Mark suffers from a serious technology addiction, particularly all things Apple. Happiness for him is an unopened package.

Sebastian Heinz

Sebastian, who is originally from Stuttgart, Germany, came to Belfast as a Student at the Sonic Arts Research Centre of Queen’s. He holds an undergraduate degree in Multimedia Arts and a Masters in Design for Interactive Media. Throughout his academic career he focused on music and digital technology, working on designs that combine physical and digital interaction. He then turned his academic work into a commercial product called Patchblocks which was introduced through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. The product combines his skill set of software and embedded hardware development. Currently he is building his music technology company with offices in Germany and Belfast.

Trish Belford

1986-2004: Director and Co Founder of Belford Prints Ltd. Macclesield. Cheshire 2004 – present: Senior Research Fellow University of Ulster Co Director of Tactility Factory Ltd 1996-Awarded Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Art
2009-Awarded Society of Dyers & colourist Silver medal for services to the Textile Industry
2012- Awarded Textiles Society professional development award Co Director – Tactility Factory Ltd

Belford main practice spans collaboration between Architecture, Science and traditional textile processing methods. 

Joel Simon

Belgium Animation Director, Joel Simon's work is heavily influenced by the French and Belgian comic books he read as a child. Now residing in Belfast, his work has met critical acclaim both locally and internationally.

Founding Flickerpix in Holywood in 2003, Joel’s primary genre is stop motion animation. He has directed several TV series, such as On The Air with Gerry Anderson, and also short films which include IFTA-winning, Horn Ok Please, and Macropolis, which formed part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and has been selected by over 200 international film festivals with 16 awards to date.

In addition, Joel has directed animated programs for Children In Need, BBC ONE, CBBC, Channel 4, Comic Relief, Discover Channel and Sesame Street.

Alex Milton

Before taking his current role Alex was Professor of Design and Head of the Faculty of Design at the National College of Art and Design. Previously he was Deputy Head of the School at the School of Textiles and Design and Head of Design Research at Heriot-Watt University, before which he was Head of Design and Applied Arts at Edinburgh College of Art. Alex originally trained as a car designer at Coventry University before undertaking a Masters at Central Saint Martins. He is the author of ‘Research Methods for Product Design’ (with Paul Rodgers), ‘Product Design’, and editor of ‘Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century’ (2007).

Jane Larmour

Jane Larmour is an Irish architect involved in design practice, education and research. She is completing a PhD in Architectural History at Ulster University focusing on Victorian public baths. Recent publications include her contribution as an invited subject specialist to the Royal Irish Academy Art and Architecture of Ireland, 1600-2000. She has worked for a number of leading Irish Architects, including Belfast based Hall McKnight and internationally recognised O’Donnell + Tuomey, with whom she was part of the design team for the Stirling Prize nominated Lyric Theatre. She currently teaches architecture in the design studio at Queen’s University Belfast.

Rory O'Connor

Rory is the creator of Rory's Story Cubes®, the iconic storytelling game that has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Along with partner and co-founder Anita Murphy, he holds the big vision for The Creativity Hub, finding ways to turn his experience in the performing arts, creative problem solving and conflict resolution into games and playthings. The inspiration for Rory's Story Cubes® came out of a love of board games and wanting to make a playful creative problem solving tool for adults. His background in animation and puppetry, creativity training and group facilitation has helped him hone the creative problem solving and storytelling skills he brings to design. He is continually asking “How can I make this experience more playful…and meaningful?” Rory holds Diplomas in Computer Animation & Graphics and Professional Puppetry Studies. He also trained in Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg PhD.

Deirdre Greaney

Deirdre Greaney is an Irish Architect and Urban Designer. She is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Belfast School of Architecture in Ulster University contributing to the education of students in Architecture, Interior Design and Product and Furniture Design. Deirdre is completing a PhD in Urban Design and was recipient of the Ulster University Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarship. She has studied and undertaken research at University College Dublin, Ireland; University of Oulu, Finland; The Cooper Union, New York; and TU Delft, The Netherlands. Deirdre has worked in practice independently and in small and large-scale multi-disciplinary design practices in Dublin, Finland and New York since 2002. She has worked across a range of typologies and scales, including the design and construction of award winning urban regeneration and public architecture projects. Deirdre holds a Ministerial appointment as Member of the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment, which advises the Minster for Culture, Arts and Leisure in the role of Design Champion in implementing the Governments ‘Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland’ policy.

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