The guest speaker was Laura Lee, the discussion was chaired by Bob Gray, and the DCC client was Greg Swift. A full list of participants is below.
Competing in a national and international market means that start-ups and SME’s in Ireland have to make their product or service stand out from the crowd. How can Local Enterprise Offices (LEO’s) raise awareness of the value and role that good design can play in setting them apart?
For many start-ups and SME’s, the value of good design is often only considered at the end of product or service development, once functionality concerns have been addressed. However the design of websites, packaging, branding, user-interaction etc can all play a critical role in the later success or failure of a company’s business.
The LEO’s are currently involved in scoping the functions of a new Design and Innovation Centre, proposed as part of the Cultural Quarter for Parnell Square. Its role will be to ‘support designers in the development of innovative design enterprises or projects, and assist businesses in using design for innovation, product and service development, branding and communication’. How could this centre promote and showcase the role that good design can play for start-ups and SME’s to develop their businesses? How can the LEO’s facilitate start-ups and SME’s to find the best designers for their budgets? What initiative could be piloted in 2015 that would address this issue and help scope the functions of a new Design and Innovation Centre?
Devise a 2015 pilot initiative that connects start-ups and SME’s to good design and can inform a programme for the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Design and Innovation Centre.
Please see the group’s key slide plenary session presentation below.
Anne Marie Butler
Bob Gray - Chair
Cllr Deirdre Heney
Diane Dear - Visualiser
Greg Swift - DCC Client
Laura Lee - Guest Speaker
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