I was doing a lot of music and art projects but wanted to separate my design practice from that. How has your move to Belfast been? I would describe my aesthetic as minimal. We caught up with the designer about his favourite pieces and? Interiors Ikea’s new bedroom collection with design giant Tom Dixon has just dropped Interiors Never mind the ballcocks:
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I was juggling a few different things and trying to find my feet both creatively and career-wise.
The bulk of my typical working day is spent behind a computer – with lots of coffee and lots of music. There’s a really supportive creative community in Dublin, and it’s an inspiring place to be right now.
What are you working on next? I was doing a lot of music and art projects but wanted to separate my design practice from that. My Constellations calendar is printed in silver ink on a beautiful black paper stock, and includes 13 tearaway prints to keep – it was a lot of work, but I’m delighted with the final product, and the reaction it got.
For me, the definition of good graphic design is something that does what it sets out to do – whether that is to be a beautiful decorative print hanging on your wall, or to tell you what time your bus is due.
Interview: The First 47’s Alex Synge
I’m in the process of getting a new studio space in Belfast too, so I’m excited to see where that will lead me. I’m fairly new to the city, so I’m excited to explore it more. I like to create work that is simple and meaningful, but carefully and lovingly executed.
I studied art history and philosophy in Dublin, followed by an MSc in multimedia. Quite a few things. Alex Synge, founder of graphic design studio The First 47has collaborated with Irish Design Shop to create a new homewares collection called?
I would describe my aesthetic as minimal. I grew up in Dublin, so it’s very close to my heart. I’m still very proud of my Everyone Makes Mistakes pencil, too – a simple reminder to be less hard on yourself when you mess up.
How did you get started originally? What is your favourite item that you’ve created? I have a lot of friends working in design, food, art and beyond too, so it’s fun to see an increasing overlap between these disciplines.
Alex Synge | Synth Eastwood
A sneak peak at the? How has your move to Belfast been? What’s does your working day look like? How you define good design? I try to get out whenever possible, see an exhibition, visit a friend’s studio, or sit in the park or a caf?
The image newsletter Receive the latest fashion news, beauty inspiration, shopping ideas and more straight to your inbox every day. Belfast had its inaugural Design Week in aex, and I was glad to be around for that – it definitely feels like an exciting time to be in the city.?
I’m working on a clothing-label identity, an exhibition design, a record sleeve, a photobook, two children’s books and a few new prints. Interiors Ikea’s new bedroom collection with design giant Tom Dixon has just snyge Interiors Never mind the ballcocks: We caught up with the designer about his favourite pieces and?