Merry Christmas

The team at Design Print and Packaging Skillnet wishes you a very Happy Christmas and peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in 2020.

Training for Design Print and Packaging

Training for Design Print and Packaging

Our network’s objective is to improve business performance, through impactful training, something we have been successfully supporting since 2006.

Our role is to understand your needs and find and subsidise that best training solutions. We do this by running a range of open programmes as well as bespoke in-company training across the Design (Graphic, interior, architects etc), Print (Litho, Digital, Finishing, Materials) and Packaging sectors.

If you have a training need, be it large or small, technical, operational or management we want to talk to you. We want to hear about what training you want us to run and subsidise. We want to hear from you if you are not exactly sure of what we can do but would like to understand a bit more.

Please feel free to email us if we can be of assistance now.

sales traning

Excellent Upcoming Sales Course

Have you seen our upcoming Sales Training Programme – Our Price is more than 25% off the RRP for this Course.

Full details on the course available here

The purpose of this programme is to provide the sales team with leading, practical methods of selling in a competitive environment. There are three key deliverables:

· Increase self-awareness and ability to successfully interact with others

· Easily apply proven best practices in selling

· Develop effective personal business disciplines in the areas of: improved communication, time management and assertiveness

Shaping the future of print

Shaping the Future of Print

Intergraf, with the support of Smithers and NOPA (The Nordic Offset Printing Association) is pleased to announce its first speakers for the Shaping the Future of Print Conference.

The event will look at Commercial Print defined as the production of brochures, leaflets and catalogues. Topics covered will include market trends, online-print, environmental aspects and European legislation affecting the sector.  Speakers will come from academia, the European Commission and industry. The conference takes place in cooperation with Smithers, a renowned market research institute for the printing industry who will deliver the market and statistical figures. The conference report including the Smithers market data will be made available to all participants.

Participants attending the conference will hear from printing industry experts, including from industry, academics and the European Commission. A panel discussion will focus on unaddressed advertising and the future of this advertising medium in many European cities. Throughout the day, real-life case studies will be presented to demonstrate the topics discussed, including sustainability.

The first set of speakers announced for shaping the future of print event are:

  • Jannick Schmidt, University of Aalborg (Denmark)
  • Mark Davies, European Letterbox Association (UK)
  • Markus Hofmann, Leonard Kurz Stiftung (Germany)
  • Philippe van Ongevalle, Febelgra (Belgium)
  • Miguel Delcour, KVGO (The Netherlands)
  • Paul Verspoor, Intergraf Environmental Consultant
  • Name TBC, European Commission
  • Name TBC, Smithers

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rue Ginestre, in Brussels. To attend this event on on 19-21 February 2020, kindly return your completed Registration Form to Annie Scanlan at Intergraf: Intergraf has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Crowne Plaza which can be booked through the link provided on the registration form.

Further speakers and organisations will be communicated over the coming weeks. Up-to-date information on the agenda can be found on the event website here.

international print day

International Print Day on 23rd October

International Print Day is a great opportunity to really celebrate what we love about print!

Lets use this day to share and spread our ideas, projects and thoughts on print through our social media platforms.

Each year on International Print Day the global print community comes together on social media to network, exchange knowledge and information, and proclaim their love for print and the people that make it possible by following and sharing using the hashtag #IPD19.

Print fans can support this year’s theme by also including the hashtag #Print2Gether, which celebrates partnerships within the industry and all the relationships from idea to execution that enhance the creativity, quality, and vitality of print.

We would love you to collaborate with us this day and get International Print Day trending worldwide. Read More…

How can I participate? Getting involved in International Print Day is easy and here at Two Sides we’ve created some International Print Day branded factographics for you to download and use on your own social media. We have even got some Twitter friendly videos ready for you to share as well!

Use the #IPD19 and #Print2Gether hashtags to get this event trending worldwide!
Get tweeting, sharing, posting and spreading the word on the world of print. Read more…

To help spread the word and make things easy for you, Two Sides has some informative and shareable content for you to download and share.

Click here to download the #IPD19 factographics

Get tweeting, sharing, posting and spreading the word on the world of print. Read more…
To help spread the word and make things easy for you, Two Sides has some informative and shareable content for you to download and share.

Click here to download the #IPD19 factographics

Membership of Two Sides starts from only £195 per year and there are loads of great benefits – Become a member today!

Irish Printing Federation

diploma in packaging

Diploma in Packaging Technology

Class of 2019 Graduation

On Friday 4 October, Design Print and Packaging Skillnet celebrated the graduation of our 2019 Diploma in Packaging Technology students.

It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of graduating class with their families and friends and also their trainers.

The Graduation took place in the brilliant National Print Museum.

Sincere thanks to all involved in making it a wonderful event.

Website Update

We are delighted to have updated our website and you can now book courses online.

There is still also the option to email to book, and request an invoice.

We will be adding a lot more content to the site, useful links, news and free courses so make sure you check out the new site here.

Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design : Waste not Want not

Ireland generates 587kg of waste per person per year. Well above European average! According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the total amount of waste generated in Ireland (industrial, commercial, household) at the last survey ‘was 19.8 Million tonnes, which is equivalent to 4.3 tonnes per person.’  With all our data relating to waste, the environmental impact of current consumer markets, and the catastrophic effect of unsustainable manufacturing practices, we can no longer ignore these figures.

The golden rule of good design is innovation.

Is it innovative to design with unsustainable materials and non-green production procedures? Despite advancement in technology our current standards of design and manufacturing steer us on a path of self-destruction. Heavily influenced by consumerism we hold unsustainable economic values as our main production driver. We have bought into a global throw-away society, favouring cheap single use design typically made from non-renewable resources and toxic materials.

Scientists have declared humanity’s impact on the planet so significant that Earth has officially entered a new geological era, the Anthropocene. Our planet is undergoing a mass extinction event, only the 6th since the beginning of complex life 700million years ago. To make matters worse we are the one causing it! We pump over 40 billion tonnes of CO2 into the earths atmosphere every year. We have altered over 50% of the Earths land, and through our direct actions 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.

Time to set sustainable design standards! We must develop environmentally responsive systems, adopt green thinking methodologies, and take corrective action to make environmental responsibility a reality. Now is the time for great design innovation.

Great design is sustainable design.

Sustainable design is not just a concept involving a set of principles, it is a way of thinking that takes an ecological approach to design solutions. A process that integrates environmentally friendly methods, and considers natural resources as part of the design. Sustainable technologies, for example, use less energy, fewer limited resources, do not deplete natural resources, do not directly or indirectly pollute the environment, and can be reused or recycled at the end of their useful life.

Contrary to common belief sustainability does not mean going without. It means thinking ecologically and designing with an interconnected framework. It is as much about process as it is about product. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainability is ‘a form of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’

Sustainable design is not just a structure it is a way of building the future.

This article was written by one of our students as part of our Graphic Design for Print course.  

Article by Ashleigh Downey I Nature Connect : Solutions I

Get the qualifications you deserve.

How do I balance study with a full time job and still have a life?

It is true that it is no joke taking on additional study while working full time and trying to have a life but it can be done with a little preparation and effort you can have the best of all worlds and a qualification in one year.  It is a very achievable goal to set yourself. So what are you waiting for?  Here are some tips to make it easier.


Create a schedule and stick to it

Be realistic if you already have 23 hours of your day accounted for then schedule 40 minutes a day for some intense study.  Most courses take between 10 and 20 hours per week to really master and stay on top of all the materials.

Study smart.

Even a part time course will have a great deal of additional reading required so make sure to be clever about how you spend your time.  Use your commute (audio books are great if you are doing the driving).  Miss traffic by going in to work early or staying late and get an extra hour study done.

Choose your topic wisely

I cannot not tell you how important it is to enjoy what you are studying (especially for a thesis) but if you can also make it work related then you get to “study” while doing the day job.  This way you can talk to people who have done similar projects before and network with the right people.

Get it done

Procrastination is the killer of a good study routine.  Schedule time 4 or 5 days a week to get some study in (not every day – you need a break to assimilate all that knowledge you are gathering).

Take notes and type them up

Take as many notes as you can in class and type up those that are of interest to you or may be useful for assignments.  Also take notes while you read and PLEASE remember to keep a list of references that you will need. There are lots of software programmes that can do this for you or just keep a simple excel spreadsheet but keep it as you go along. If you take nothing else from this blog remember that, you will thank me I promise.

Avoid distractions

While you are studying, study!  Turn off the phones and social media. No unnecessary noise or interruptions. Set an alarm for about 50 minutes and stand up and walk around a bit. Drink some water, stretch. Then get back to it.

Take care of yourself

Your health, diet and exercise regime all affect your ability to learn and retain information.  Be good to yourself eat as much fresh, healthy food as you can and cut back on the alcohol it really does affect memory. When drinking your brain processes slow down and your memory can be impaired (


Check out all the possible courses we have available from certificates to Diploma and Masters get the qualifications that you deserve now!

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