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Autumn 2017 CPD Training Programme

Autumn 2017 CPD Training Programme

Booking now open for the IDI Design Enterprise Skillnet Autumn CPD Training Programme including Successful Tendering Workshop; UX Foundation Workshop; Presentation Skills; Running Successful and Profitable Design Projects and more...

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Sharpen Your Tools – and build a toolkit to tackle complex challenges

13 October 2017, 8am - 1pm
5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2
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As designers, we often intuitively use a process that has been honed and personalised to us over time, through practice. While this process is known, trusted and delivers, we don’t always have time to reflect and practice alternative, newer design tools and approaches.

Running Successful and Profitable Design Projects – Cork

14 October 2017, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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If you are a designer tasked managing design projects, don't miss this one-day workshop exclusively focused on the challenges of aligning business and commercial objectives with successful design outcomes. You will come away with practical advise and insights into how to run more profitable design projects and manage successful client relationships that will lead to long term profitability of your design business.

Design Leaders Conference

Thurs, 9 November 2017, 08.30 AM – 5 PM
Light House Cinema, Dublin
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For the first time in Ireland we’re bringing together thought leaders and subject matter experts to lead business-focused conversations and learning on the challenges of managing talent in creative environments, building a winning culture and running a modern design practice profitably. We'll take a deep dive into the topics that pose the greatest challenges for design and creative business owners, directors, partners and managers who lead design teams and run successful creative studios. An unmissable opportunity to build your network, share ideas and learn up to date industry trends and best practice.



Winning & Successful and Profitable Design Projects

Fri, September 1, 2017, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2

A practical, hands-on workshop exclusively focused on the challenges of aligning business and commercial objectives with successful design outcomes. Topics covered include;  Proposal and pitching best practice, Building client loyalty, repeat business and referrals through successful project delivery, Commercially scoping projects with your clients and stakeholders, Pricing and negotiation tips for more profitable projects, Running design projects more efficiently and profitably. (This workshop is being held in Cork on 14 Oct, more info)

Data Visualisation & Information Design

Sat, September 9, 2017, 10:00—17:00
5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2

This one-day Data Visualisation and Information Design workshop is aimed at Designers who wish to learn more about working with data. Strong narrative, well-edited content and infographics are just some of the techniques that allow the audience to easily understand the message. The workshop is facilitated by Information Designer Heather Griffin.

Successful Tendering Workshop

Tue, September 12, 2017, 10:00—17:00

This practical workshop aims to demystify the procedures around pitching for, and ultimately winning tenders that Local Authorities and other Government Bodies/Agencies contract out, in a market worth €90 billion annually. Whether you're new to government tendering or want to increase your success rate in winning tenders this workshop will give you the tools you need for sucessful tendering.

Decoding Craftsmanship II, Cork

Thu, September 21 & Sat, September 23, 2017, 09:30 – 17:00
Joseph Walsh Studio, Fartha, Riverstick, Co Cork, P43X898

Decoding Craftsmanship II continues a series of conversations that Joseph Walsh Studio began early in 2017 exploring how emerging technologies can enable a new form of maker culture. This course is geared toward design and engineering professionals of all disciplines who have a basic understanding of Rhino but wish to improve their overall knowledge and become more confident and productive.

Two Day UX Foundation Workshop from Data to Design

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 2017, 09:00—17:00
Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Presentation Skills Workshop For Designers and Creators

Wed, October 11, 2017, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Core Knowledge, 16 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2

This full-day course covers every aspect of presentation skills and begins with how to profile your audience and produce a presentation they want to hear.


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The IDI Design Enterprise Skillnet offers subsidised training that is tailored specifically to the needs of Irish design practices across the country, we aim to provide career long support for creatives, access to new skills, and guidance and mentoring to owner/managers. Membership of this network is open to IDI members on renewal of membership subscription annually, so renew your membership today to avail of generous discounts on training and invitations to networking and training events.

Please note, only private sector or commercial semi-state companies can be supported by a Skillnets training network. The following cannot be supported: Public sector organisations, Charity or not-for-profit organisations, Companies based outside the Republic of Ireland.

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