Design & Creative Media @ LYIT

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Design Showcase 2022

design showcase invite 2022

The staff and final year students of the Department of Design & Creative Media are delighted to invite you "back to campus" to celebrate the opening of our end of year Graduate Show on Thursday June 9 at 6pm

This year's show promises to excite the senses! It includes the work of students from Fashion, Animation, Film, Graphics and UX Design. Having had two long years in the absence of a "live" Show - we can assure you, this will not disappoint.

The Show will open with a Fashion catwalk - focusing on sustainable fashion and circular design. Form here you are invited to our "Pop-Up" cinema, where the final work of Animation and Film students will be screened. Graphic and UX Design will be displayed on the second-floor landing and all students work may be viewed in detail in their studios.

We are so excited to be back on campus with our students and friends from the northwest!
We look forward to seeing you then!

LYIT is now ATU!

On April 1st 2022, Letterkenny Institute of Technology merged with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Sligo Institute of Technology to become the Atlantic Technological University.

With eight campuses from Galway to Donegal, ATU is one of the largest University campuses in Ireland. We are now known as ATU Donegal and we offer the same quality courses as before, with new courses in development.

In time, we will move this site to a new domain to reflect our new status, but for now, you can find out more at and at We will add updates here as and when the new site goes live.

Ruth Keogh showing at the 2021 Disappear here film festival

Ruth made the short film "The Fairies", based on William Allingham's poem of the same name as her major project for the BA in Digital Film and Video. It has been selected for showing at this year Disappear Here Film Festival at Ballyliffin. You can watch it below.

2021 istd success for kati kielty and patrick grant

For those not familiar with the ISTD Student Assessment Scheme, it is cited as a model of academic thoroughness and professionalism. Students must submit their overall design process of research, reflection, strategy, design development, technical and production specification, which is then assessed by teams of practicing designers and educators. They demand a rigorous approach to ensure standards are met and that the award maintains its significance. Students who are successful in the scheme are offered membership of the Society.

Kati Kielty: Putting Things in Order

Kati Kiely's ISTD entry

I chose to create a piece that highlights and interprets the hierarchy within the American Mafia. I thought it would be best to create a multi-faceted project by breaking it into three separate pieces that work in conjunction with one another. The first book, Omertà, meaning code of silence, breaks down the hierarchy within a crime family. I wanted this piece to highlight the secrecy surrounding the Mafia by exhibiting a more restrictive and constrained style.
The second piece, entitled ‘The Boys’, is a profile book that examines individuals who were key players within the five families throughout its heyday. To contrast Omertà, the design is more expressive in nature to reflect individual personalities of the men featured. The hierarchy of order within the crime families is how both books are systemically laid out.
The final piece acts as the sleeve cover to the profile book. It is a family tree of the five New York families and is meant to double as a book cover and as a stand-alone poster, which can be used as a reference to find those featured within the book.

Patrick Grant: Silence is Golden

Patrick Grant's ISTD entry

My strategy is based on how silent film is largely overlooked, ignored and actively forgotten by the general public and cinema. We are an image-obsessed culture that can quickly forget about past events, and we actively consume new media readily. But contemporary audiences have very little knowledge about one of the cornerstones of popular entertainment: silent cinema.

DICE 2021

Now in its seventh year, the DICE (Design, Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise) Conference, brought to you by the Department of Design and Creative Media and DICE Labs at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, continues to celebrate and showcase the very best of Irish and international practitioners in design, fashion, film, animation, and entrepreneurship, alongside alumni and students of LYIT.

Click here to visit the Dice website and book your place!

DICE conference 2021

Chloe Doherty ISTD

Well done Chloe Doherty (BA hons in Graphic and Digital design) on passing the notoriously difficult ISTD assessment.

Chloe's project was in response to the ISTD brief 'The Significance of Numbers'. As 2020 marks 100 years of Women’s suffrage, her project ‘NINE MATTERS’ serves to explore and celebrate one of the most significant years for women’s rights - the sixties. The sixties were a time fraught with change, and second wave feminism flourished throughout the United States and beyond.
This project is a modern typographic exploration of nine phenomenal women from that era, whose stories and activism helped shape the future for generations of women to come. The purpose of this project is intended to not only honour these women, but to also creatively rethink the way in which history is presented, in return educating and inspiring those who consume and engage with the content.

Chloe Doherty's design for the 2020 ISTD assessment

Chloe also created an online interactive exhibition, it can be viewed here.

Deirdre Devine showing at the 2020 Disappear Here Film Festival

Congratulations to Deirdre Devine (BA hons in Digital Film & Video) on her major project The Peacekeeper being selected for the 2020 Disappear Here Film Festival.

Deirdre's film documents the work of Irish peacekeepers and the effects of that work, such as how society allows them to adjust and cope when the come home or retire.

Poster for Deirdre Devine's documentary, the Peacekeeper

Deirdre's documentary can be viewed here.

Kerri McGeever shortlisted for RSA award

Congratulations to Kerri McGeever, a final year Graphic Design student at LYIT on being shortlisted for the 2020 RSA awards. The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and competition that challenges students to apply their skills and creativity to tackle today’s most pressing social and environmental issues. We achieve this aim by setting project briefs that inspire and challenge students to think differently about the boundaries and purpose of design. The RSA Student Design Awards was established in 1924, making it the world’s longest-running student competition and the premier programme focused on design for social change.

Kerri McGeever's wayfinding app for the elderly

Kerri's project is a response to the Healthy Routes brief.
Cities are changing. Across the world, people are leaving their cars at home and setting out on public transport and/or embracing active travel, which is defined as: making journeys by physically active means such as cycling or walking. However, this rise is not the case across the elderly, nor seen in villages, towns and smaller cities where many people still rely on cars.
How might we make active travel accessible to the ageing population that will, in turn, make it better for all?

LYIT Fashion helping the Frontline fight Covid-19

LYIT fashion students creating PPE

LYIT BA in Fashion students have been working from home, carefully creating scrubs using a pack, pattern and sample developed by LYIT Fashion lecturer Sharon Maxwell with guidance from HSE staff.

“Everybody wants to help, that’s why I am so proud of the students. They are under so much pressure to get their final collections made but if you can do anything to help healthcare workers, who have the toughest job of all, that’s definitely a priority.”

Sewing machines have been on the go across the county as 23 people joined the initiative, taking waste material from the hospital to transform into well-fitted personal protection equipment (PPE). Over 600 gowns are being produced to protect local healthcare staff as they treat Covid-19 patients.

All sewers have been issued with masks and antibacterials to ensure safe production. The team is made up of students, graduates, LYIT staff members, teachers Martina and Noreen from Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada on Arranmore Island, Sharon’s sister-in-law Collette and three dressmakers from Donegal Town.

“It feels so good to help,” Sharon adds.
You can read more about htis initiative here.

Covid-19 and College closures

fight covid 19 logo

As you probably know, all Irish educational institutions have been closed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the buildings are closed, staff continue to work from home. Many classes continue, using the Collaborate video conferencing feature on Blackboard, or through Slack or other platforms.

Students should monitor their email and Blackboard for updates, class notes and video conference calls.
Staff are on hand to answer your queries, give feedback on project work and continue delivering course material.

Best wishes and stay safe.

DICE 2020 and the launch of DICElabs

DICE 2020 is our sixth annual Design, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship conference, and is going from strength to strength. We have some inspirational speakers across three sessions and two days. Click here for more details.

dicelabs website

DICElabs is a hybrid centre across the areas of Business, Design and Humanities where at its core it looks to learning as an integral part of innovation and action. DICElabs had its official launch at his years DICE conference.
Find out more here.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2020

Frequent visitors to this site will notice that our colour scheme has changed to reflect Pantone's 2020 colour of the year. Designer across multiple disciplines will be familiar with the Pantone company, who are central to colour matching technologies in both print and screen. They have chosen PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue as the colour of the year for 2020.

Mark Shaw: RIP

It is with deep sadness that we note the passing of Mark Shaw. Mark graduated with distinction from our Graphic Design course in 2012 and since successfully established himself as an innovative and skilled designer and art director.

Our thoughts are with his wife Mawusime and baby daughter Yayra. May he rest in peace.

2019 Open Day Passport to Design Competition winner

Congratulations to Leaving Cert student Eimear McLoughlin, who won the Passport to Design competition at the 2019 LYIT Open Day. She is pictured here with the Ballinamore Community School Deputy Principal Martin Cunnane and Principal Diarmuid McCaffrey.

Eimear McLoughlin receiving her Lenovo Tablet after winning the Passport to Design competition at LYIT

Adobe "Top Talent 2019" for Tang Shi Yang

Second year (now third year) Graphic Design student Tang Shi Yang has been presented with the 2019 Top Talent Adobe Design Achievement Award in August for his striking re-design of Illy's coffee packaging. His concept uses geometric design and symbolism to represent the journey of the coffee bean from it's growth, through harvesting to the final cup.

Tang Shi Yang's redesigned packaging for Illy Coffee

You can see more of his design and read his design rationale here.

Gradshow 2019

Our annual Graduation Show opened to the public at 6pm on Friday 7th June at the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) Letterkenny.
The show is open to the public and will run until Friday 14thJune.
Click here or on the image below for more.

Brainstorm at the RCC, Letterkenny

IDI success for James Hennigan

Congratulations to James Hennigan graduate of the BA (Hons) in Graphic and Digital Design LYIT on receiving the top prize from the Institute of Designers in Ireland for his submission to the Graduate Awards 2018.

James was shortlisted for the award in September and pronounced overall winner in his category “Visual Communication/ Book Design” at the Award Ceremony last night in Dublin (6/12/18). This is a substantial achievement for both James and for the Department of Design and Creative Media at LYIT.

The book which James designed reflects on Brian Friels “Translations”. It had earlier this year been awarded a Merit by the International Society of Typographic Designers, ISTD. From the large number of submissions worldwide, James was the most successful of all awarded Irish Design graduates in London in June.

IDI awards 2018

Pictured from the left — Paul Marley, James Hennigan and Nollaig Crombie, of LYIT; and Danielle Townsend, Head of Department of Design at the Dublin Institute of Design (and also a past graduate of LYIT).

Short Shorts 2018

The Department of Design & Creative Media in conjunction with Century Cinemas is proud to present an evening of short films, animation and motion graphics at the Centuray Cinemas Complex, Letterkenny. The event will open at 6pm on 29th November 2018.

short shorts screening 2018

Gradshow 2018

Our annual Graduation Show will open to the public at 6pm on Friday 1st June at the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) Letterkenny. All are welcome to attend. Click the Gradshow link above for more.

Brainstorm at the RCC, Letterkenny

2018 ISTD student assessment

James Hennigan, one of our final year Graphic Design (Visual Communications) students has been awarded Membership with merit in the annual ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers) student assessments.This is a great achievement in what is a very tough assessment. James was the only student nationally to receive a Merit.

You can read more and view some more images on our awards page.

Put English on that by James Hennigan

2018 Indie Boom International film festival, New York

Hearty congratulations to Shaun Kelly, a graduate of our Animation programme, who has just claimed the Winning Animation gong at the 2017 IndieBoom Film Festival in New York. This short animated film follows Scott Barnes and Donna-Maria Valente as they grow up in a small American border town in the south. They fall in love as children and fight to be together in the face of repression, discrimination and intolerence even in death. You can watch Shaun's film here.

After by Shaun Kelly

We would also like to congratulate 2017 Animation graduate Paul Kelly, on getting his film "Begging for Change" shortlisted in the Best student/graduate category in the Dublin Animation Film Festival.

Begging for Change - film still

You can view the full film here.

Open Day

samsung 7 inch tablet

Well done to all involved in another very successful Open Day. On the 25th Nov 2017, we had hundreds of transition and leaving cert pupils visit and get a flavour of the courses we offer. We look forward to seeing many of them in the future as our students.

Congratulations to Dylan Coyle, winner of our Open Day Design Passport competition. Dylan will be receiving a 7 inch Samsung Tablet.

GradShow 2017

lyit gradshow 2017 image

Our annual student Graduation Show ran from the 1st — 8th June. The show featured the final projects from students graduating in Visual Communications (Graphic Design), Digital Media Design, Animation and from post-graduate students in 3D Modelling and Animation.
There was also a selection of 2nd year work from the Fashion with Promotion Degree on display.

lyit gradshow 2017 image

The exhibition was officially opened by Aideen Doherty to a large, enthusiastic audience.

lyit gradshow 2017 image

lyit gradshow 2017 image

lyit gradshow 2017 image

DICE Conference 2017

DICE logo

We are proud to be hosting our third annual DICE conference at LYIT, featuring national and international speakers. DICE aims to spark a discussion on the value of creativity and design to both business and society.

This is a one day event, running on Wednesday 6th April.
Follow us on Twitter — #LYITDice, #LYITDesign.

See here for more details.

Digital Media Award

Congratulations to Mike Guckian who has just won the Best Public Life award at the Accenture Digital Media Awards 2016.

Mike created a Virtual Trad Orchestra in association with the Hawk's Well Theatre as his major project for our MA in Motion Graphics.