Dublin's cracking three-day creativity conference OFFSET (opens in new tab) is back with a bang for 2015. Hosted in the mighty Bord Gáis Energy Theatre over the 6-8 March 2015, prepare for a 360-degree explosion of discussion, debate and inspiration hosted by the some of the industry's leading creative minds.
Here are nine reasons to attend OFFSET 2015…
01. Be inspired by world-class creatives
OFFSET is known for attracting some of the world's most exciting designers and creative minds each year. Previous speakers have included Milton Glaser, Massimo & Lella Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Shepard Fairey/OBEY, Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh – the list goes on.
OFFSET 2015 promises to continue in the same vein, with confirmed speakers so far including editorial design extraordinaires Matt Willey (opens in new tab) and Veroncia Ditting (opens in new tab), iconic illustrator Tomi Ungerer (opens in new tab), Pentagram (opens in new tab)'s Angus Hyland and Emily Oberman, super cool Spanish outift Hey Studio (opens in new tab), Annie Atkins (opens in new tab), head honcho at Why Not Associates (opens in new tab) Andy Altmann, tDR (opens in new tab)'s Ian Anderson, indi publishing platorm NoBrow (opens in new tab) and more…
02. Take your design practice up a level
OFFSET offers three days of insight, advice and pro tips from the world's leading creatives – plus exposure to waves of original creative thinking. If the main stage doesn't drive your own practice up a notch, then the intimate second stage will…
03. Get informed and join the debate
The smaller second room at OFFSET provides an intimate platform for speakers and attendees to discuss and debate the topics at the top of the creative agenda. Watch artist interviews and join panel discussions, or take the opportunity to debate the most pressing issues with leading industry practitioners.
04. Meet your design heroes
There are no VIP or green rooms at OFFSET. Speakers and attendees mingle freely, and off-stage discussion is rife – so if you've got an idea you'd like to discuss, it's an open platform.
05. Get that project off the ground
Speaking of open platforms, OFFSET attracts attendees from around the world: networking opportunities are both vast and valuable. Last year some 3,000 delegates poured into the huge Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from across the globe, so if you're looking to collaborate to get a new project off the ground, you'll find talented creatives with expertise across all fields next to you in the audience. So get talking.
06. Early Bird tickets are still available
Whether you're an established designer or student, there's an OFFSET ticket option for you. And if you get your ticket before 20th Feb, you'll be able to grab a discounted early bird professional weekend ticket for 175 euros. Head over to the OFFSET ticket site for full pricing info (opens in new tab).
07. Sip a perfect Guinness
If, like the Computer Arts crew, you're partial to a pint of the black stuff, how better to round off an inspiration-packed day than with a perfectly poured Guinness in one of Dublin's many tavern-style bars or trendy cafes.
As the OFFSET lot say every time, being inspired is hard work. So don't forget your dancing shoes for OFFSET's infamous delegate party, where the booze flows and the dance floor shakes…
09. Get cultural
Of course, Dublin isn't all about drinking and nightlife. The city's cobblestone streets and surroundings are steeped in history and culture, and dotted with theaters, art galleries and architectural splendor. Why not check out the Book of Kells or stroll around Dublin Castle while you're there...
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