The Kilkenny Design Workshops app is a multi-media style offering of digital publication content with film and audio; the KDW iPad app will fill your senses with design from the Kilkenny Design Workshops era. Dive into this free interactive publication for an insight into this creative innovative hub that rocked Irish design from 1965 - 1988. Here at Red Lemonade we designed and built the app within the wall of the Kilkenny Design Workshops which is now our studio.
The story of KDW is recalled with interactive elements; audio clips from KDW alumni, photographs from the era, rich archival film footage and family documents; some of which have just been made public for the first time.
The Kilkenny Design Workshops were a revolutionary concept and a thriving creative hub established in the Castle Yard, Kilkenny in the 1960s. Staffed by bright, young international designers, craftspeople, design graduates and apprentices, the workshops’ remit was to improve design and manufacturing standards in Ireland, which they achieved though their creative output right up until closure in 1988. In 2015 Ireland was celebrating Irish design worldwide (ID2015) it was the perfect opportunity to look back at the extraordinary legacy KDW has on the Irish design landscape and its worldwide reach. The KDW was a worlds first government funded design research and development centre of excellence. Its aim was to raise the standard of Irish design within industry and has left a lasting impact.
Our studio was where such logos as the 'P&T' logo for 'Post and Telegraphs' (by Damien Harrington) and also the 'Telecom Eireann' identity (by Peter Dabinett) were designed.
The story of KDW is recalled in this immersive interactive app with audio clips from KDW alumni, photographs from the era, rich archival film footage and family documents; some of which have just been made public for the first time. This is a real treat for people interested in design, heritage, tourism, architecture, craft and education.