The 100 Design Archive project is a community-centred initiative which hopes to finally “join the dots” on the rich and diverse history and practices of Irish graphic design. At once concerned with what best reflects current practices, the 100 Design Archive also intends to capture and record the short but inspiring history of Irish visual communication design. We want to gather, discuss, present and celebrate the achievements of past, current and emerging practitioners. The project is ambitious and has many facets but the simple aim is to provide a clear and inspiring sense of the landscape we work in today and the projects and designers that have helped shape and inform Irish graphic design.
The project was initiated by the designers and owners of four Dublin-based studios (Atelier, Conor & David, Detail and Studio Aad). Shared opinions, debate and occasional frustration contributed to the group trying to identify a better way to promote and acknowledge the standard and diversity of Irish visual communications design. Together with the support and insight of many colleagues, in industry and education, this steering group shaped the project and teased out the potential for a ‘new’ or ‘different’ way to capture and record the breadth of Irish design practice. However; the project would not exist without the funding of the founders and the generosity of our peers and the commitment of the greater Irish design community. Read more about the people behind the project on our Team page.
The 100 Archive is all about the individual – the individual designer who is motivated and tasked with making good work, and the individual project which is the record and outcome of a rich collaboration between client and designer. These basic building blocks – designer and project – allow us to create a simple and transparent record of professional activity; of working practices; careers paths; professional associates and collaborators.
100 Future invites all Irish designers to contribute to the growth and establishment of a living contemporary record of Irish graphic design. Through an open submission the aim is to create an honest and broad record that reflects the best work, across the island of Ireland and of Irish designers working abroad, in all fields of communication design. This is a rolling record of professional activities, from single-colour event flyers to innovative apps; from cultural posters to architectural wayfinding and from corporate identity to illustration; motion graphics to typeface design. Ours is a broad and wide-ranging practice and we wish to reflect this in the breadth and type of projects included in the 100 Future.
At the end of each year an independent critical review of all projects in the 100 Future will determine up to a maximum of 100 projects to be included the 100 Past.
At the end of each year an independent critical review of all projects in the 100 Future by an invited Archive Panel will determine up to a maximum of 100 projects to be included the 100 Past. 100 Past will grow year by year into an accessible and historical archive, the aim of which is to celebrate, document and contextualise the best of Irish communication design and designers. In order to present the broader picture of the design landscape no individual or firm can be represented by more than five projects per year. If more than five projects have been selected then the individual or firm has final choice of what goes forward to 100 Past.
In parallel with this ongoing process, the 100 Past is growing to include work from the 1960s onwards. This is an involved and substantial undertaking which naturally evolves at a different pace to the 100 Future. The task of identifying, exploring, researching, collating and editing projects and profiles for inclusion in the 100 Past is being undertaken by an expert panel of volunteers. Through dialogue and collaboration with our community this Curatorial Panel will seek additional insights and invite other experts to contribute to the establishment of a comprehensive record of activity. The goal is that the 100 Past should provide researchers, practitioners, their clients and the public with an inspiring and insightful “visual map of practice”.
We ask you to be generous with information about yourself, and your professional connections within the design industry.
We want to build a sense of community, to connect and record our professional connections. Over time this will provide an invaluable resource of project work, of people and of organisations responsible for engaging and commissioning great design. By setting up your profile you will be recorded as part of the landscape of Irish graphic design practice; by providing as much information as you can helps to build a clearer picture of that landscape. By submitting your work you actively contribute to the promotion and demonstration of the best of Irish design.
Your privacy is of great importance to us and we will always respect your privacy and personal information. Information is gathered in the context of the archive only.
We’re keeping the submission process as simple and as straightforward for you as possible. Submission fees are inexpensive and no hard-copy entries need to be supplied as the 100 Archive (100 Past and 100 Future) is online only. For each project we require up to six image files plus a brief project description for review by the Professional panel. This is the only visual representation of your work for the panel will review. If your work is selected, these are the only images that will be used to create your project page and showcase in the 100 Future.
Once you have added credits to your account, or created a subsciption, you will have the option to create submissions to 100 Future. Submissions are delivered through a form and reviewed on screen.
Fill out the form, making sure to follow the labels which will indicate mandatory fields. Images that are larger than the suggested size may take a long time to process so we advise that you follow the guidelines as closely as possible. When the form has been completed, you will have the opportunity to preview the submission before sending it for review.
On successfully creating a submission you will see a clear confirmation screen that indicates that your entry has been processed, and giving you the option to feed back on the process. From there the submission will be listed on your account page when you log in, and marked as pending, successful, incomplete or unsuccessful. If you don't see these indicators, something has gone wrong and you may have to start again.
Short description: The project, process and outcome.
Up to 6 images: JPEG/PNG files, 2000 pixels on longest side. Please name your files simply using the standard character set with no spaces.
Website link: for web projects only; not the website of the designer or workplace where the project was completed.
Video link: The full web address of the video page on either Vimeo or YouTube.
Other details: Who you worked with on the project; where the work was completed; other credits and categorisation information. In order to provide as much information about how successful work is realised and produced, we encourage you to acknowledge all your collaborators and associates. These may include Designers, Photographers, Writers, Editors, Developers, Printers, Illustrators who contributed to the realisation of your project submission.
All practicing graphic designers based in Ireland, as well as Irish graphic designers domiciled abroad are eligible to submit work.
In the inaugural year of the project – 2013 – a decision has been made to extend the period of eligibility for projects. All work created between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2013 is eligible for submission. For additional details see standard notes on eligibility below.
Projects must have been produced and published within one year of the current subission period – ie work submitted in 2014 must have been published or released between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014. As the 100 Archive is primarily concerned with capturing the rich diversity of professional practice all submitted work must be produced in response to a genuine brief from a client, be approved and paid for by your client or commissioner. If the work was produced on a pro bono basis the charity or recipient of the pro bono design services must have published or made public the project outcomes. Self promotional projects and/or agency communications are eligible if the project was legitimately (publicly) distributed to clients or potential clients. If you work for an agency or design team you must be the lead designer on the project and all team members should be credited appropriately. You must also have the permission of the owner / copyright holder of the project to submit work.
The review process works as follows. Once your project has been submitted, it is queued for review by the Professional Panel. They see your work in the same format as you do — presented on screen in the same layout. The only difference is that references to your name and workplace are not displayed. Each panelist has a simple yes or no choice.
They are asked to select work that is good; work that is interesting; innovative or simply worthy of debate and recognition for social or cultural reasons. Submissions are reviewed independently with a bias towards inclusiveness and generosity — each panelist is not aware how others have voted.
When three panelists (of 5) vote in favour, your project progresses immediately to the 100 Future.
Submitting and participating is easy, can happen at any time, and submission fees are purposefully low to ensure the broadest submission possible. The more entries received from people working in diverse ways and places, the more representative the Future Archive and Past Archives will be of contemporary practice.
The cost of submitting a single project is €20, or alternatively you can purchase an annual subscription for €100, which allows you unlimited submissions*. We want participants to submit a broader selection of work and on a more frequent basis, so our objective in determining these prices has been to remove as many barriers as possible. It’s important to state that this isn’t a competition — there are no awards or golden handshakes. To cite a well worn cliché, this isn’t as much about winning as it is about taking part and ultimately contributing to the creation of richer and more relevant record of Irish graphic design practice. *Fair Use policy applies. See below for details.
The Unlimited Plan is an annual subscription which allows you to submit as many projects as you like* from the moment you sign up. This is the easiest and most cost effective way to submit your work. The plan is activated as soon as your payment is processed. Once this happens you will see an indication of how many days you have left on your account page and on the user menu on the top right of all pages. The subscription doesn’t renew automatically, you can simply renew it when it expires. *Fair Use policy applies. See below for details.
Pay As You Go is an option for those who would like to test the water, or have a smaller body of work to submit for consideration. Once your payment is processed, you will see an indication of how many credits you have left on your account page and on the user menu on the top right of all pages. Each credit allows you to submit a single project.
For those on the Unlimited Plan, our fair use policy allows for up to 50 submissions per year from any individual member. While we want all members to submit as much work as possible, we need to set a limit so that the work can be selected and displayed without incurring additional costs or without taking more time than is reasonable. If you feel that you will exceed this limit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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