Core renews sponsorship of Design West, the international Design Summer School and Creative Festival, for a second year

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, is proud, once again, to announce its collaboration with Design West, Ireland’s exciting International Design Summer School and Creative Festival which is running from June 22nd – July 5th. This is the second year that Core has sponsored the event, which is described as a ‘catalyst to recharge your creativity’.

Taking place at GMIT Letterfrack in Connemara, Design West offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of design, and work with leading international designers from renowned studios across the globe. It allows for collaboration between local and global thinkers – fusing trusted techniques with disruptive methods.

During the two-week programme, students participate in a voyage of discovery, learning, making, reflection and adventure in a non-urban environment which is perfect for sparking design inspiration.

Finian Murphy, Marketing Director at Core says: ‘Design West is a great example of creativity through diversity and we are delighted to be involved with a school that brings a variety of designers from around the globe to the beautiful village of Letterfrack in Connemara.”

“Design West shares Core’s love for working together, sharing ideas, and creating novel work. Similar to last year, we will send two people from Core to participate in the school, to unplug and immerse themselves in the rugged landscape and inspirational discussions. We are committed to providing further learning at Core, and inspiring creativity across the entire business. Design West is one of the great moments of the year when our people are able to expand their thinking further.”

The Design West Summer School programme will focus on a range of design related topics, such as the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, installations, abstract and environmental design. Participants will also engage with the stunning local environment through observation, the study of found objects, interactions between communities, landscape and nature.

With unrivalled facilities available at the GMIT campus, students will also have access to CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital manufacturing.

The initiative was set up last year by Conor Clarke of the award-winning business ‘Design Factory’ and the programme will be led by Conor and a cross-disciplinary group of international tutors and professional technicians, including:

With just 24 places available, anyone interested in applying to attend Design West should log on to  The deadline for applications is 10 May 2019.

Core has a team over 300 people across nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

Core has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last six years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the tenth year running.