We are thrilled that our Chief Creative Strategist, Bren Byrne, and his partner Lisa Haran, were awarded the President's Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Design at last night's highly acclaimed Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards in Dublin's CHQ.
Bren and Lisa founded the Dublin-based and internationally renowned OFFSET festival which this April celebrates its 10th birthday with a move to The Point Square, Dublin.
Now with over 2,500 attendees each year, OFFSET has fast become a fixture on the global design calendar. Representing the creative industry at all levels, OFFSET's speakers are disruptors and genuine influencers in their fields. They are the creative force behind everything from huge global campaigns to awe-inspiring personal projects. OFFSET offers you an insight into their work, ideas and inspirations, giving audiences the opportunity to learn from the practices and personal experience of creative professionals at the top of their game.
The Institute of Designers in Ireland are the most highly respected association of design professionals and the longest established creative forum in Ireland. Committed to advancing the value and impact of design in Ireland - inspiring, supporting and learning from one another along the way, their ethos mirrors Bren and Lisa's vision for OFFSET and for the future of Irish design.
On the announcement of this year's event, Bren and Lisa said;
“We have grown from 450 people at our first event in 2009 to well over 2,500 last year, with attendees from the US, Canada, Australia, Asia, Africa and all over Europe, the UK and of course Ireland. OFFSET has become a vital part of the calendar here in Ireland, and internationally. It has helped transform the creative ambitions of so many who attend. It has been incredibly humbling.
We are committed to showcasing and celebrating the best of creativity. We want to share our passion for the impact creativity can have on cultural, social and economic enterprise and to build a space where talented people from different disciplines can come together and realise that they are part of a large community.
Bren and Lisa are thoroughly deserving of this extraordinary, and hugely meaningful design accolade and we are proud as punch to consider them both friends and collaborators.