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The importance of Design in Ireland

April 13, 2011

Irelend, Design and Visual Culture

A colleague recently sent me a link to a review in the Irish Times newspaper about a new book, Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity, 1922-1992, by Linda King and Elaine Sisson (Cork University Press). It argues that design was instrumental in the effort to promote Irish identity, redefine the Irish State, and build the tourism industry after independence, when the country “was bankrupt, its people psychologically scarred, romantic nationalist sentiment had been exposed as largely ideologically hollow . . . ”  Faced with a similar financial and psychological crisis now, design will likely have a very important role in rebuilding the fragile Irish economy and a supporting a renewed sense of identity.

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