He is the former Head of Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies at IADT. He has extensive experience in higher education and professional practice. He is principal of the widely acclaimed design studio Atelier and was Programme Chair and Senior Lecturer in Visual Communications Design at IADT until 2015.
|“Design Futures” David Smith & Hilary Kenna, in Campaign Journal Issue 12, ICAD||2016|
|Developing Citizen Designers, Elisabeth Resnick (ed), David Smith (contributor), Bloomsbury Academic||2016|
|First Choice Volume 4, Ken Cato (ed), David Smith (contributor), Images Publishing||2016|
|Spin 360º, Tony Brook (ed), Adrian Shaugnessy (ed), David Smith (contributor), Unit Editions||2015|
|One by One, Jian Ping He (ed), David Smith (contributor), Hesign Publishing||2012|
My design work has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the last fifteen years. Selected works are held in the Poster Collection of the Museum for Gestaltung in Zurich; NIVAL – the National Irish Visual Arts Library, Dublin; the Slovak Design Centre, Bratislava; the collection of the University College Cork, Library.
|I Love Seoul Poster Exhibition @ DDP, Designer’s Lounge, Seoul, South Korea||2016|
|Typeset, Image Now Gallery, Dublin||2016|
|AGI International Poster Exhibition, Museu da Língua Portuguesa, Sao Paulo, Brazil||2014|
|OFFSET, Design Conference, Bord Gais Theatre – “Designing Designers” IADT x IBM Design – exploring future needs of Design Education for Enterprise level organisations.||2016|
|AGI v DPP, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul Korea – public lecture on studio practice.||2016|
|Innocrafts Design Intelligence, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny – lecture on Design Intelligence as evidenced in studio practice.||2013|
|Department of Design, George Brown College, Toronto CA, – Atelier Projects 2001–2012||2013|
|Glucksman Gallery, UCC, – Perspectives Lecture Series, On the influence of Josef Albers||2012|
Awards & Achievements
I am the founder and principal of Atelier Projects an independent design practice. The studio is among the most decorated and awarded Irish design practices with numerous national awards and international recognition.
|AIGA & Design Observer 50 Books/ 50 Covers, American Institute of Graphic Arts selection of best book designs in the world.||2013 and 2015|
|Institute of Creative Advertising and Design Annual Awards. Multiple Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards||2003 — 2015|
|Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Awards EYE Award for Visual Communications — Corporate Identity||2015|
|Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Awards EYE Award for Design Education||2015|
|Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Awards EYE Award for Visual Communications — Logo Design||2015|
I am a committed advocate for Irish Design and through my role here at IADT and the output of my studio practice I have contributed greatly to the enhanced reputation of Irish graphic design over the last decade.
I was on the steering group and advisory panel for the year of Irish Design 2015; and more recently have been an advisor and contributor to the National Strategy for Design.Institute of Creative Advertising and Design Annual Awards
In 2012 I co-founded the 100Archive (www.100archive.com) to record and capture the history and practices of Irish graphic design.
I am a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (www.a-g-i.org) and currently hold an Executive role with the organisation.