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Business & Design Community to benefit from an attractive programme of events during DesignFest Clonmel 2016

DesignFest Clonmel is a partnership between Limerick Institute of Technology, Clonmel and Tipperary County Council with strong support from LEO, Tipperary Local Enterprise Office and the Tipperary Arts Office, supported by The Arts Council. DesignFest Clonmel will take place this week from Thursday 3rd to Tuesday 8th of November. Organisers have placed special emphasis on business events in their exciting programme throughout the week.

First up on the morning of Thursday the 3rd of November, is a Design Thinking Workshop with James Bourke, reputed Product Designer and Director of Dolmen Design. The workshop will work with entrepreneurs and SMEs to introduce them to how ‘Design Thinking' can improve their product and make it more successful with customers. For businesses, start-ups, educators and designers, a Design Thinking Seminar chaired by Con Kennedy is a real highlight complete with case studies by Maple and Spud, Tipperary Boutique Distillery and Triangle Marketing. Later that day, Design Disrupters, a provocative documentary by InVision, will be screened at Bakers Bar, Clonmel followed by a discussion hosted by some of the DesignFest Steering Committee. The film charts the trajectory of successful companies using design as a key ingredient in improving user experience.

For artists, there will a Professional Training Day sponsored by the County Arts Office with Australian Artist, Deirdre Feeney titled “Looking back to look forward” which will explore how the pre-digital era can inform contemporary visual arts practices. Deirdre's exquisite work will also be on show during the week in the town centre.

Other interesting opportunities for business include an ‘Innovation through Design Symposium' on Monday, 7th of November with a wide selection of speakers which includes multi-disciplinary artist Aideen Barry, Graphic Design Firm, Red Lemonade Director, John Cleere and Professor Adam De Eyto, Head of Deisgn at UL who will chair the evening. The symposium will offer patrons unique insights into the latest developments in design-led innovation and how the design world is changing the face of the industry. Both John Cleere and Aideen Barry will also be hosting separate talks earlier in the day complete with questions & answers sessions. John Cleer's talk will be on the advantage of prototyping a project will take place free of charge at 6pm at the Clonmel Campus, LIT.

Clonmel and County Tipperary Chamber, Interim CEO, David Shanahan commented “DesignFest Clonmel is a really exciting event that offers some fantastic learning opportunities to our members and the wider business community. The festival itself will see increased footfall in the town and the innovation through design theme should certainly inspire key decision makers to apply enlightened design thinking to their businesses going forward. I am particularly excited about the symposium and look forward to the real to life case studies in the programme for business and encourage all our members to take an active role in the events on offer.”

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