Róisín Ryan | Design
Hi, hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Róisín Ryan, but you can call me Ró. I’m 23 years young and a graphic designer & illustrator from Wexford, currently based in Dublin. I love meeting new humans and designing things and experiences that are human-centred. I graduated from Visual Communication Design in IADT with a first-class honours degree in 2019 and went on to work as a designer at The Irish Times for the past year. I’m always up for putting myself out there and trying new things and am very excited about being part of the latest upstarts crew!
Project 1 | Tidbit — Supporting the Arts in the Pandemic
Tidbit is an app I invented to help support the Irish Arts industry through the Covid-19 pandemic. “The Arts” is an extremely broad term, so it was challenging to come up with something that could help everyone involved, even in a small way. Tidbit is aimed at new, emerging members of the Arts, who perhaps don’t have a large enough following to host online events/live streams.
Members of the public can sign up to Tidbit and for €1 a month the user will get personalised content based on their preferences (music/poetry/dance/visual art, etc.). The euro goes directly into a fund that’s divided up between the artists who take part and upload their work to the platform, as the platform itself is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. This is a great opportunity for members of the public to support The Arts in a small way, but also to discover new emerging Irish talent in their own particular area of interest.
Project 2 | #MoreSexLessStress — Helping Frontline Workers De-stress
Having sex is scientifically proven to lower our stress levels instantly, but also over time in the bigger picture. There are many physical and mental health benefits of being sexually active, though it’s not discussed as much as it should be in public discourse. This campaign is a light-hearted approach to promote mental & physical health amongst frontline workers.
Using eye-catching language and colours around the city, #MoreSexLessStress provides facts about the health benefits of staying sexually active even in times of stress and encourages frontliners to consider this as a method to relax after a long shift. Using sex puns around the situation Covid-19 has forced us all into keeps the campaign light, fun and memorable.
It would certainly make me smile if these really were plastered around the city!
Project 3 | Clipped — The Story of an Irish Ringfort
This brief was to create something different, without using the internet. I’m hugely interested in Irish mythology and so, had lots of books on the topic. One book in particular stood out to me for this project, Men Who Eat Ringforts by Sinead Mercier & Michael Holly, featuring Eddie Lenihan because of its rich aerial imagery. The book explains what’s happening to our ringforts and I decided this is an important cultural issue and created an interpretative motion piece telling the story of one particular ringfort in Co. Galway.
Project 4 | All Eyes on Me — A Self Portrait with Objects
This is a representation of the ‘me’ that I put out into the world – fun, bright, bubbly and colourful.
Though a human being is so much more than what a selection of objects can communicate, this was a
fascinating project to work on, exploring who I am to myself and to others, which is not always the same thing, and how I can visually represent that using objects I have in my bedroom.
Project 5 | Habitat — Digital Detox
Habitat is a solution to the problem we all find ourselves in today – we’re too distracted and lost in a digital world.
Habitat uses phycology around forming habits and behaviour change to help us become more present in our daily lives and to start achieving our goals away from our digital devices.
It is proven that one of the main ways to help us change our behaviour and form new habits is by seeing visual cues in our regular environment reminding us of these goals. So, following this research, Habitat is simply a series of stickers personalised to our goals to be placed around our homes, our habitats! If you want to get into mediating, a sticker on your kettle reminding you to focus on your breath while the kettle boils will eventually make you associate boiling the kettle with meditating, and so on.
Simple, but effective.