Paul Hogan FIDI RIP
Paul was a member of the IDI since its formation, continually bringing to the Institute his unique vision for the development, promotion, awareness and relentless improvement in standards of Irish design, design promotion and professional development.
As an active member, Paul attended all IDI Annual General Meetings, a wise and generous counsel he was always prepared to share his experience and vision for Irish design with successive Presidents. His thorough re-draft of the IDI constitution in 2003 provided a sound foundation for the future development of the Institute.
Following his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in later life, Paul continued his work in advancing and creating awareness of the role of design and in particular design and disability with the IDI and the IDD (The Institute of Design and Disability). In 1989, Paul inspired the SDI (IDI) to organise an important 2 day conference in Dublin, ‘Design for Disability’ attracting a large audience of designers, architects, people with disabilities and their support organisations. This seminal event presented exceptional speakers from European countries and the US including Victor Papanek, author of the landmark book, ‘Design for the Real world’ and Hanne Hjort, President of the International Federation of Interior Architects.
Paul Hogan’s initiative created greater awareness of the importance of design and disability and went on to give rise to the establishment of the Institute for Design and Disability (IDD) and the European Institute for Design and Disability (EIDD). Paul steered and powerfully chaired both organisations for many years. Today EIDD is ‘Design for All Europe’ and his vision and strong personality accelerated awareness of ‘design for all’ becoming normal in design education, policies and everyday life.
Paul worked with CTT (Coras Trachtala, The Irish Export Board) and was instrumental in promoting Irish design internationally. Together with William H Walshe CTT, Paul's survey with the Scandinavian Design group 'Design in Ireland' guided the establishment of the Kilkenny Design Workshop in 1965, to promote, assist and develop Irish industrial design standards. This in turn led to the later establishment of the Society of Designers in Ireland (SDI) now the IDI. For members and in particular young designers who were fortunate to know him, Paul was a bridge to the earlier generation of Irish Designers and the European designers who moved to Ireland following the influential 1962 Scandinavian Design Report and establishment of the Kilkenny Design Centre.
In 2003 Paul helped organise the inaugural WH Walshe annual IDI lecture series and The Frank Ryan Bursary - funding design students to pursue international educational opportunities and design projects overseas.
Paul's writings on design inspired designers and businesses alike, he promoted the idea that “design is a response to something deep within the human psyche, a universal urge to embellish, create, differentiate” Paul advanced the role of Irish designers as “professionals with ethical responsibilities, which include a respect for the diversity of humankind and the environment”. Undaunted by his own disability, Paul took strong stands, motivated others and achieved results that made a difference.
The Institute of Designers in Ireland acknowledges Paul’s energy and drive to ensure the future of professional design representation. Paul and his late wife Virginia who predeceased him in January 2019, were the most charming and hospitable of true friends to many, especially in the design world, and are sorely missed. May he rest in peace.