Author: Mary McCabe

2022 Colour Psychology Series -10 Week Course

Due to popular demand we will be running our Colour Psychology Series -10 Week Course again in early 2022.

Booking open in January

Only €195 for all 10 modules. Running on Tuesday from 93.0am to 11.30am

Dates for next course

Tue 1 – Feb , Tue 8- Feb ,Tue 15-feb

Tue 1 March, Tue 8 March , Tue 15 March, Tue 22 March , Tue 29 March

Tue 5 April & Tue 12 April

The series is designed for –  interior designers, architects, stylists, colourists, artists, graphic designers , design students or anyone working in a creative industry working closely with colour.

Week1 Introduction – Science/terminology of colour & light – A look at the history of colour
– How the mind & body react to colour

Week 2 Psychological properties of the cooler colours – blue, green, purple – The universal psychological properties of each individual hue
– Association with each colour

Week 3 Psychological properties warmer colours – red, orange, yellows – The universal psychological properties of each individual hue
– Association with each colour

Week 4 Type 1 personality
– Typical characteristics and attributes of type 1 / spring personality

Week 5 Type 2 personality
– Typical characteristics and attributes of type 2/ summer personality

Week 6 Type 3 personality
– Typical characteristics and attributes of type 3/autumn personality

Week 7 Type 4 personality
– Typical characteristics and attitudes of type 4/winter personality

Week 8 Colour personality for interiors
– Learning how to group colours & shapes to certain styles of design and matching furniture styles to personality.

Week 9 Colour personality for branding
– Focusing on colours in branding and how they influence customers.

Week 10 Understanding clients/buyer behaviour
– looking at buyer purchasing habits and tips on how to understand the thought process of a client

This Course will be Delivered by Adele Roche

Adele Roche – After years of studying and working in the fields of advertising, graphic design, marketing and interiors; Adele then decided to continue studying and focus more on colour and how it effects our moods.

Adele specialises on colour in interiors and branding – working with the general public, designers and architects in helping to perfect colour schemes in both residential, commercial properties and branding projects. She has been involved with the design of Colourtrend, Curator, Helen Turkington & Conran Paints Collections. Adele is the Director of Printovate a digital printers specialising in wideformat graphics which she owns with her husband.

Print Industry Pension Funds

A bona fide investment advisory firm has recently advertised that some funds remain in print industry pension funds and may be paid out to qualifying persons (and to appropriate relatives of deceased members).

Their newspaper notice referred to the 1970s and 1980s, but we should not rule out employment before or after that.
The investment company is:

Acumen & Trust Financial Advisors
Sandyford Business Centre, 4A, Burton Hall Rd, Sandyford, Dublin 18, D18 K856
Contact email:
Phone Number: 01 2936500

For reasons of confidentiality and data protection, only individuals can check for entitlements.

Queries may be posted or e-mailed, and need to include:

Full Name of Employee

Date of Birth

Contact Phone Number

Address (optional)

The person should make sure they reference Print Pension Funds.

Update from Irish Printing Federation – October 2021

Free Course On Canva

Canva is a popular graphic design and publishing platform used to create visual content, everything from your Instagram posts to your business logo. As of 2020, Canva has more than 30 million monthly active users. It comes with preloaded templates, images, fonts, graphics and other elements. It is available as a web, iOS and Android app and has both free to use and paid for subscriptions. During this 90-minute online session, you will learn:

  • What is Canva and why should you use it for your business?
  • What is the difference between the free and paid for options?
  • How to create visual content using Canva?
  • How to create digital content including social media posts?
  • How to create traditional content including presentations?


Have you considered a Masters?

Have you consider a Masters?

Join us for our Masters Overview on 30th June from 12.00 to 1.30

This highly regarded programme has three major advantages over other taught Masters programmes:

1. Time – Taking just 11 months, it is one of the most condensed Business Masters programmes available in Ireland.
2. Cost – Supported by the Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet it is heavily subsidised, costing just €4,500. This is less than half the cost of comparable Masters programmes in Ireland!

3. Experience –  The TU Dublin accredited Masters in Professional Practice is designed specifically for experienced professionals who are now seeking a practical yet challenging programme to build their business skills

More details on Masters here

Upcoming Skills Connect


Global Project Professional Programme

Are you unemployed and ready for a new challenge? Register your interest for our upcoming fully funded programme now.

This course will cover

  • PRINCE2 Foundation (including exam)
  • Project Management Institute – Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) 6th edition
  • MS Project
  • LinkedIn and CV & Career Planning

This course would benefit aspiring:

  • Project Managers
  • General Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Project Team Managers and support staff
  • Staff who will have a defined role
  • Project Management Consultants

Attend an online information session online on 18 Feb – Register here

skills connect global project management

The Importance of Reskilling

Brian Colleran at DPP Skillnet chats to Irish Printer about moving its courses online and why reskilling is more important than ever.

Over the course of 2020 the Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet greatly increased the number of courses it normally runs in a year. For employees of print firms on furlough, it gave them an opportunity to upskill while they waited for the print industry to kick of again. “What came out of the year was the importance of training and keeping your skills current.

The courses we run are dictated from conversations we have with print firms so they’re directly tailored to the industry. We feel that if a print firm is not availing of our services, they’re missing out on an important element that helps keep their company fresh and relevant in an ever-changing marketplace,” said Brian Colleran, Network Manager at DPP Skillnet.

This year was all about reaching as many people as possible within the various industry sectors and getting them involved in the training initiatives on offer, says Brian. Courses included sessions on colour, a Diploma in packaging technology, e-commerce and digital skills. As well as showing strong interest in technical courses, print companies also engaged in management training and development.

In response to Covid-19, DPP Skillnet launched a heavily funded programme titled ‘Competitive Advantage for SMEs’ which provided a print business with a consultant to review and develop their business model, strategy and operational plans. In addition to long-standing programmes like its Masters in Professional Practice, this new course provided owners and management with the opportunities to develop their capabilities to drive their businesses forward. These programmes will, says Brian, continue in 2021.

Courses were, of course, held virtually this year. “There were challenges associated with that; we had to acquire a new platform to allow us to host online training and we also had to work with our training providers to help them transform their courses from being in-person delivered in a classroom to in-person delivered across the web. Judging by the interest from print firms though, the additional work was worth it.” Most Irish print firms are SME’s, says Brian. “Small businesses need people who are multi-talented and multi-skilled and who have the ability to turn their hand to virtually anything. Encouraging staff to attain additional skills is good for everyone.”

Original article posted in Irish Printer

Irish Printing Federation – Interview

Irish Printing Federation President Diarmuid Dawson talks to Denise Maguire of the Irish Printer about the ongoing issues affecting the print industry and the new challenges brought about by Covid-19.

At the start of 2020 I had a chat with Diarmuid Dawson, Irish Printing Federation (IPF) President and MD at Innovative Print Solutions Ltd and Dermot Downer, Vice President of the IPF and MD at Westside Press Ltd.

At the time, we had all heard about Covid-19 and its devastating consequences but it was something that affected other countries and hadn’t yet reached our shores (or so we believed). During our chat, Diarmuid and Dermot talked about some of the challenges facing the sector; the importance of effectively communicating prints’ green credentials, the ongoing apprenticeship issue and the fact that jobs were still leaving the State to be printed elsewhere. As the year comes to a close, I once again caught up with Diarmuid and while all of those issues are still impacting the sector, Covid has taken top spot as the single biggest challenge facing print firms going into 2021.

The cancellation of weddings, corporate events, sports and music festivals have had a huge impact on the print industry. Commercial print has, says Diarmuid, been hit the hardest. Some smaller firms may not be in a position to open their doors again. “Right now, we don’t know what the situation is as people are availing of the financial supports that are out there. Until people are back to work properly, we won’t know but we are aware that quite a few companies are really feeling the pinch. It’s just not possible to operate on 50% of your business and that’s the situation for a significant number of firms at the moment,” said Diarmuid.

Firms producing material for the pharmaceutical, packaging and labels sector are better placed to weather the current economic uncertainty. “That was a trend we noticed at the Irish Print Awards last year, when several label firms won awards. There are still plenty of companies producing Covid-related material; it’s great to some positivity coming out of what has been a bad year.” The pandemic has fuelled some print firms’ creativity over recent months; Trimfold launched the Sanilope, a new sanitised cutlery envelope designed to keep cutlery safe and hygienic in all hospitality and catering settings, while Print Media Services came up with VisorLite, a disposable cardboard face shield that’s currently being used by staff in the Little Museum of Dublin. “A little bit of ingenuity in these uncertain times is very encouraging. We’ve seen some very clever products over the past while and I hope it continues.”

When I spoke to Dermot and Diarmuid earlier this year, there was a very real sense of disappointment over the stalled apprenticeship scheme and the lack of engagement from Solas. “Nothing has changed. We have about 45 apprentices on the books who are ready to take up a printing apprenticeship but we have nowhere to send them. We feel we’ve been very let down by Solas and there’s very little point in talking to them anymore. At the end of the day it falls at their door. Our next step may have to be reaching out to Minister Harris as we have reached a dead end.”

Diarmuid is highly critical of the “misguided marketing messages” that say printing less is good for the environment. “It’s something we regularly come across and it’s just not true. More than 90% of print materials are recyclable. Sustainable forests are increasingly supplying the materials to print and even the chemicals and inks that are currently being used are eco-friendly. What these people are failing to see are the backup infrastructure and storage facilities required for online that require three or four times as much energy. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t make it eco-friendly.”

“Uncertainty” has been the buzzword of 2020 but it perfectly describes the environment caused not just by Covid, but also by Brexit. “Obviously Covid muddied the water there for a long time but Brexit is back on the agenda now. We don’t know what the outcome will be but there is a possibility that it will put a stop to work going up the North. We know for a fact that work is getting produced in the UK and further afield in Europe. With border controls going in, will less print be produced in the UK and Northern Ireland? I hope so but at this stage, we don’t know.” Print subsidies going into Northern Ireland from the UK have made it much cheaper for firms in the south to export their work up north. It’s an ongoing, frustrating issue and one that Diarmuid hopes will change in 2020. “I am finding that not for profits, charities and pretty much any organisation that cannot reclaim VAT uses the north and UK to avoid the VAT charged here. People think this is a border/import VAT exemption but it’s more to do with the fact that the UK doesn’t charge VAT on print. Also, if a charity purchases print for fundraising purposes, let’s say it’s a collection box, any items that are part of that campaign are VAT exempt. For example, if you get a pen or daffodil or a badge, they too are purchased VAT free. We have a real problem when Irish firms aren’t supporting the local print industry.”

The fact that the UK is leaving Europe won’t make a difference to the amount of Irish print being produced over there, says Diarmuid. “It may initially be more cumbersome but I think we should be highlighting the GDPR implications to clients, particularly if data merging is taking place in the north and the UK. That’s a big no-no going forward.” Once the UK decided to leave the EU, Innovative Print Solutions lost a large chunk of its business. “Traditionally, we would do a lot of corporate finance and shareholder print work, business that would have come as a result of companies taking over other companies.

For more than two years now, that side of our business has been adversely affected. In many respects though, we’re lucky. We’re an essential supplier thanks to the security work we do with the HSE so I’m very appreciative of that.” There have been some bright spots in the print sector over the past few months. With so many members of the print industry on furlough, the Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet stepped up by providing a host of online courses, the majority of which were free of charge. “Brian Colleran and his team did tremendous work this year. Training and upskilling your workers to allow your company to adapt and evolve with a rapidly changing industry has never been more important.” Despite the year we’ve all had, Diarmuid is quietly optimistic about the future. “As an industry we need to put our best foot forward. We need to be as competitive as we can and hopefully, we can get back to some kind of normality early next year. We’ve got a lot of work to do but the print industry is well up to
the challenge.”

print industry 2021

Original copy in the Irish Printer December 2020

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