February 26, 2015 Last Updated 11:09 am

Beautifully designed new iPad app explores the rich history of the Kilkenny Design Workshops

Designed by John Cleere of Red Lemonade Creative, and built using the Adobe DPS, the app celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of KDW’s operations at the Ormonde Stables in Kilkenny City

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland has released a beautifully designed new iPad app called KDW Kilkenny Design Workshops – Ireland, designed and developed by John Cleere of Red Lemonade Creative.

KDWiPad1The app was built using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and is designed to celebrate the history and accomplishments of the Kilkenny Design Workshops founded by William H. Walsh in 1963. This year marks the 50th anniversary of KDW’s official opening of operations in 1965, when it was housed in the converted Ormonde Stables in Kilkenny City. The workshops at first included Ceramics, metalwork and woodwork, and textiles, and later added a graphic design department.

“Staffed by bright, young international designers, craftspeople, design graduates and apprentices, the workshops’ remit was to improve design and manufacturing standards in Ireland, which they achieved though their creative output right up until closure in 1988,” wrote Cleere on the Red Lemonade Creative website.

“In fact, my studio was where such logos as the P&T logo for Post and Telegraphs (by Damien Harrington) and then the Telecom Eireann identity (by Peter Dabinett) were designed,” wrote Cleere. “Its quite the honour to sit where once my childhood heroes carved out the foundation for a modern design industry in Ireland.”

There is far too much great work here to describe it all, but luckily the app is free to download and access. But the shorthand description is that the app uses the best design elements of the Adobe DPS to create an interactive app that is read and viewed in both portrait and landscape, with the portrait orientation used much like portrait is used with iBooks Author, to design the main text – with landscape used for most the photography and video, as well as the pages containing animated graphics.

For publishers of both publications and eBooks, the app gives designers a great course on what is possible, what a talented designers sees as the possibilities of digital publishing.

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