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Thursday 20 June 2019

Grandson studio makes 100 Archive

Stephanie Connolly, Jake Heavey and Killian Walsh from Studio Grandson, Dundalk and Aideen McCole from 100 Archive at the launch of The 100 Archive 2018. Photo by Peter Rowen
Stephanie Connolly, Jake Heavey and Killian Walsh from Studio Grandson, Dundalk and Aideen McCole from 100 Archive at the launch of The 100 Archive 2018. Photo by Peter Rowen

Dundalk's Grandson graphic design studio has had three of its works added to an annual archive of the best 100 examples of Irish contemporary communication.

Three pieces by studio Grandson, run by Killian Walsh, have been included in The 100 Archieve 2018, which showcases the best in Irish graphic design.

Killian and his colleague Jake Heavey collaborated on the three projects in their studio on Jocelyn Street, Dundalk.

The pieces being added are campaign identities for Louth Science Festival, Arcadian Field music festival which takes place at Bellurgan Park, and a conference entitled 'Do Borders Matter?' held in County Museum Dundalk in October 2018.

This is the second year that the studio has been added to the 100 archive.

Founded by a group of design studios, 100 Archive has created archive selections since 2010 showcasing the best in Irish graphic design, digital design, design for print, branding, wayfinding, motion design and typography.

Killian is also involved in Dundalk's first urban street festival Seek which will bring some of the country's top street artists to create stunning murals in the town centre.

The 100 Archive for 2018 features iconic graphics such as the Together For Yes campaign, and diverse work from Irish postage stamps to towering supergraphics which were displayed at the Venice Biennale.

This year's application process saw a record number of 414 individual submissions from Irish designers and studios based all over Ireland and internationally in cities such as New York, London, Oslo and Amsterdam. A two-stage selection process by ten Irish and international design experts resulted in the 2018 Archive Selection, which can be viewed on 100archive.com.

2018 was the year of Repeal and Time's Up, and their marks on graphic design are represented in this year's archive selection.

'What I found most encouraging this year is the energy around the country, with studios like Grandson and TrueOutput raising standards and expectations outside of the capital and engaging with local issues and the communities they impact,' said selection panelist Noelle Cooper, designer, educator and co-founder of Unthink design studio.

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