Events & Training

Training & Events Schedule Jan-May 2020 →

Along with our member workshops listed below, many of our programmes are available to book privately for your team in-house and can be delivered etiher at your offices or at a suitable location, contact for details.

Agency Development with Jonathan Kirk: Winning Business

2 remote sessions on Wednesday March 25th and Tuesday March 31st from 9.30 am - 11am.
Learn most up to date and effective ways to grow your design agency, from positioning and messaging to business development strategy and tactics.

Designs on Growth: 6-Month Business Growth Programme for Design Business Owners

Commencing Thursday, April 30th, 2020 (Deadline for expressions of interest: 3 April, 2020).
The Business Growth & Management Development Programme (Designs on Growth) is an innovative learning and development resource providing the owner/managers of Design Businesses with best practice business management skills and knowledge to support sustainability and increased revenue in their business. The 5 workshops take place from April to October, including one-to-one coaching support. More details & register your interest.

Marty Neumeier Brand Masterclass

06 & 07 May 2020, 9am–5:30pm (tbc)
Kick off your new mastery of brand with a deep dive into modern brand-building disciplines, definitions, and methods. Places are limited, book now.

Dates subject to change, please check for up to date information.

Design Enterprise Skillnet training focuses on helping designers and creatives grow their careers and business, up-skill their teams, and attract and service clients in a rapidly changing commercial landscape. Visit our website for more upcoming events & workshops for 2020.

If you are interested in finding out more, or wish to discuss an in-house training course for your design team or agency, get in touch via


Past Events 2020

Breakfast Breifing: World War Z – A Generation’s Battle to Fix the Climate Crisis

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 08:00 - 09:30
This January, join us at sunrise to learn more about what’s facing the future of business and brands, and young people’s take on what we should do. Free for all IDI Members (who have renewed their 2020 membership). Registeration & Details

Insights to Action – Design Research + Service Design

January 20 & 21, 2020 (Enrolment deadline Monday 13th of January).
During this 2-day workshop, we’ll jump into some intermediate work on journey maps, personas and system maps. We’ll collaborate on a design challenge in groups and use these tools on. Registration & Details

Professional Diploma in UX Design (2020)

Commencing February 5, 2020
A unique 6-month programme for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and classroom-based workshops. Note this is the only UX Diploma that we will run in 2020. Register your place. To enquire about our next programme intake please get in touch via

Onboarding Programme: Free to Employers with new hires

Commencing February 6, 2020 (5 half day workshops)
This unique course has been designed to smooth the transition of those new to the work environment so that their design skills can shine from the get-go. This course is entirely funded by Skillnet Ireland, at a value of €995 per participant. It is open to all recent graduates, new hires and returners, more details. To enquire about our next programme intake please get in touch via

Design Management Professional Diploma (2020)

Commencing February 6, 2020 (12 month programme)
A 12 month programme created for design professionals to empower them to take their careers to the next level, enabling moving into a design leadership role, more details. To enquire about our next programme intake please get in touch via

What Clients Think – Breakfast Breifing

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 08:00 - 09:30
Find out what clients really think about design agencies. Not to be missed event for client-facing designers, account & business development managers, design business owners, and directors.

Agency Development with Jonathan Kirk:
Winning Pitches; Grow Your Business; Mastering the Client Relationship

March 3rd, March 24th, April 21st.
Three half day workshops and one-to-one mentoring wiht Jonathan, aimed a Agency Owners & Account Directors and anyone involved with Business Development in your design agency. more details

Designs on Growth - Lunchtime Information Session

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:30 - 14:00 (free)
Come and meet Jeannette Naughton and hear from an expert panel of past participants who will share their experience about this innovative 6-month Business Growth & Management Development Programme.

Presentation Skills Workshop for Designers & Creatives

12 & 13 March 2020, two half-day workshops
This intensive presentation training workshop delivered over two half days, covers every aspect of presentation skills, from profiling your audience to delivering the presentation clients want to hear