Events & Training

Training Schedule 2020 →

Design Leadership: Leading Change in Times of Disruption

Wednesday 18 & Friday 20 November, 2020, 4pm-6pm
Two-part workshop with Christopher Ireland, author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design (Voices That Matter). book now

Professional Diploma in UX Design

Commencing January 2021 (register your interest)
A unique 6-month programme for Designers and Creatives, combining online learning and live webinars to further develop business skills and build successful careers.

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

Commencing February 2021 Register your interest.
An innovative learning and development response providing owner/managers with best practice business management skills to support sustainability and increase revenue in their business. The 5 workshops take place from February to October 2021, including one-to-one coaching support. Deadline for expressions of interest: January 2021 – limited places. More details & register your interest.

Design Management Professional Diploma

Commencing February 2021 (12 month programme)
The Design Management Professional Diploma has been developed for busy working professional designers to empower them to take their careers to the next level. More details
Application deadline for January 2021 programme intake is Friday December 4th 2020. Please get in touch with us directly via to discuss your interest and for membership options.


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


In-house Training

Along with our member workshops listed here, 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.

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

Mastering the Client Relationship Remotely | Jonathan Kirk

Remote session, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 09:30 - 13:00
Learn effective ways to manage client relationships in a remote environment.

Converting and Negotiating Sales Opportunities in a Virtual World

Remote session, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 11:00 - 12:00
Converting and Negotiating Sales Opportunities in a Virtual World How can you continue to drive and convert new business during the Covid-19 crisis? What are the right sales opportunities to focus on right now?

Leading your Design Business in a Crisis – How should I be preparing for life after Covid-19?

Remote session, Thursday, April 23, 2020, 11:30 - 12:30
Part 3 of the 3 week webinar  series – Preparing your business for the future.

Teams, Client Relationships & Negotiation

Tue, June 9th & 16th 2020, 9.30-10.30am
Navigating the virtual world of business requires a different emphasis, from virtual team relationships to managing client projects and negotiating new business.

Write a Creative Brief that Works

Thu, June 11th 2020, 9.15-10.15am
Jonathan Kirk, founder of Up to the Light, will share insights on the Creative Brief, which is the all important bridge between the client’s world and the creative world.

Getting hired in a virtual world

June 23rd,9th, July 3rd 2020 10 -11.30 am
Whether you are a new design graduate or are looking to find a new role in the design sector, why not avail of this 100% funded, practical workshop to get the job you want and deserve!

Onboarding Programme

Starting 10th September 2020 – Five half-day workshops
Five half-day workshops focusing on professional work situations and challenges when onboarding into a new job. Participants will get one-to-one mentoring.

Marty Neumeier Brand Masterclass

October 7 & 8, 2020, 08:30 - 17:30
Kick off your new mastery of brand with a deep dive into modern brand-building disciplines, definitions, and methods.

Design Leaders Conference 2020

Thursday, October 22nd - a virtual event this year reflecting the world with COVID-19.
Join a lineup of thought leaders and subject matter experts who will share insights and debate the topics that pose the greatest challenges and opportunities for us as our post-COVID world unfolds. We will consider new ideas and strategies, and reflect on where to focus energy and resources for maximum impact as we design the future.