Design Week

Design Week

Press Release

Design Week at the National Print Museum, 4-10 November

Exhibition: Vintage Values
4-24 November
Vintage Values is a collection of pamphlet covers designed and printed in Ireland between the 1920s and 1960s by the Catholic Truth Society (now Veritas). The pamphlets were principally for use in the parish to help people seeking advice in a variety of topics such as marriage, sin, dating and social graces. Some of the texts were imported from the USA but all the artwork was created and printed in Ireland, and the collection gives a visual context for an important period in Irish history. The artwork shows how forward-thinking the artists were in producing work in such a bold visual style. The collection includes work by esteemed Irish designers including George Altendorf and Karl Uhlemann. Long hidden in the Veritas archives, this will be the first time in over 50 years they have been seen by the public.

Vintage Values runs from 4 to 24 November at the Museum. The exhibition comprises of approximately 35 high-res prints of a selection of the best artworks incorporating varies styles and themes from the collection. The original pamphlets are displayed alongside the prints.

Lecture: Printing, from 2D to 3D
6 November
For the month of October, FabAllThings and the National Print Museum collaborated in a design call for lasercut artwork with the theme of ‘Typography and the City’. The design call will culminate in an event on 6 November at 18.30 in the Museum and will include: a display of the winning artworks; lecture Printing, from 2D to 3D to be delivered by Emer O’Daly; and demonstrations of 3D printing.

Emer will be speaking about the history of 3D printing, how this new technology arose and the impact it is having on design and product-making. Emer graduated from Yale University with a Masters in Architecture specialising in digital computation and fabrication. Since returning to Ireland, she has teamed up with Kate, Miguel and Aoibheann to set up FabAllThings, an interactive design platform where anyone can get involved in the creation of products.

Guided Tour
9 November
To celebrate Design Week join us for a free tour of the permanent collection and discover the history of letterpress printing on Saturday 9 November at 15.00.

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00
Sat-Sun 14.00-17.00

All events are free of charge and no booking is necessary.

For further information on any of the events, please call 01 6603770, contact or see