Designer in Residence Programme

Project Name

Designer in Residence Programme

Project Partners

The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI), Local Enterprise Office Galway (LEO Galway), Galway Culture Company

Role of Galway Culture Company


Strategic Aim

This project falls under our second and third strategic aim;
Support and Develop Place based Cultural programming
Provide Supports to the Cultural and Creative Sector

Project Description

Galway Culture Company (GCC), The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) and the Local Enterprise Office Galway (LEO Galway) proudly celebrate the collaboration of design and the convergence of business worlds through this innovative initiative, the Designer in Residence Programme 2024.

This initiative will see the pairing of five talented graduate designers, all hailing from the West of Ireland, with five forward-thinking companies. Their mission? To collaboratively tackle real-world, intricate challenges—commonly known as “wicked problems.” Each graduate designer will partner with a senior member of their respective company, immersing themselves in the organisation’s mission, vision, and values. They will draw inspiration from these core principles to discover new solutions that address the pressing challenges faced by these businesses.

Projects outcomes-what we expect from this project

The outcomes of this partnership could manifest as innovative solutions for communication hurdles, streamlined systems, or research-driven insights. This collaboration is a unique opportunity for businesses to witness first-hand the immense value of design as a problem-solving tool, one that not only assists their operations but also wields significant strategic influence.

Upon completion, the final solutions will be formally unveiled or presented to the respective companies’ teams and employees. The graduate designers will guide the audience through the thought processes and strategies that led to these innovative solutions, reinforcing the powerful impact of design in addressing real-world challenges.

How this project is funded

Partnership project co-funded by The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI), Local Enterprise Office Galway (LEO Galway), and Galway Culture Company, which is supported by the Government of Ireland under the National Development Plan through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


This project took place from November 2023 to April 2024.

Read about the selected designers here.

Read about the programme and the projects here.