Irish Design Is Bigger Than You Thought

26 Jan 2016 | 02.17 pm

Irish Design Is Bigger Than You Thought

Ged Nash wants to maintain ID2015 momentum

26 Jan 2016 | 02.17 pm

A new study on the importance of Design in enterprise has been published by the government. The report estimates that the Design sector – very broadly defined – accounts for €38bn in exports or 20% of total exports. The report also claims that 48,000 people or 2.5% of the workforce are employed in design roles in Ireland.

Business minister Ged Nash commented: “ID2015 confirms that design creativity is alive and well in Ireland at the individual and the business level. But it also tells us that investing in our design capability and performance will yield new export sales, create quality jobs and boost Ireland’s international creative brand.

“To do so, government will work with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and the design sector to bring design into the heart of enterprise policy and to lose its status as the Cinderella of Ireland’s innovation strategy and action plans.”

Nash cited design-related initiatives already underway, such as the ‘Design 4 Growth’ programme by Dublin City Local Enterprise Office.

Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) emerged as an idea from the Global Irish Economic Forum in 2013. The programme has seen Irish design and designers being promoted both at home and around the world. Bash claimed that over 2,000 designers have been showcased and 270 Irish companies have been supported to attend international events.

The new study is published here: Designed in Ireland: Policy Framework for Design in Enterprise in Ireland

 

www.djei.ie/Djei/en/Publications/Policy-Framework-For-Design-in-Enterprise-in-Ireland.html

The research project was led by DJEI in collaboration with ID2015/DCCoI, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and IDA.

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