Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement,National College of Art & Design

    • Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement,National College of Art & Design's presentations
    Derek McGarry has worked in design education for more than 25 years. His research has been presented and published internationally.  His design work has won numerous awards and has been purchased for significant international collections.  In 2016, McGarry was awarded President Emeritus of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.  He is a former board member of the Crafts Council of Ireland and current board member at the Rediscovery Centre.

    Throughout his teaching career McGarry has focused on working with external partners in business and the community to ensure his students build necessary skills and competencies to be more competitive in the jobs market.  He is a committee member on the Dublin Regional Skills Forum (Department of Education & Skills), focusing on educational partnerships with industry.

    Presentation Title Using designers to develop better products & services
    Synopsis NCAD is eager to work with a range of companies in a wide variety of sectors.This presentation of partnership case studies will illustrate how NCADuses design to help SME’s develop better products and services. Clients come to NCAD because they need design expertise to address specific issues within their business.  Many need to develop working prototypes.  Some need branding and packaging specialists.  Others need exceptional presentation materials to better explain their services to customers and sometimes potential investors.  The design process is collaborative. NCAD clients have the opportunity to work closely with our design teams.  The design process is iterative. NCAD allows time to engage with clients to create the most appropriate design solution.  NCAD partnership projects are generally short. Many are funded by Enterprise Ireland through the innovation voucher scheme. This portfolioof partnerships is enormously beneficial to NCAD in terms of teaching and learning value.


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