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OFFSET 2013 – The annual creative conference in Dublin

Offset is best described as a slightly bizarre spectacle – for one weekend only, hundreds of like-minded creatives from all over the world descend on Ireland’s capital.

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The energy and atmosphere are exciting and intense, and with lectures from 10am until 7pm for three days straight, everyone is trying to cram in as much as possible and soak up the creativity that surrounds them.

The main attraction is, of course, the eclectic talent on display, but it’s the social and informal aspect of this conference that makes it so successful. By day you listen to a variety of keynotes from top creatives, get hands on with workshops and Q&A sessions, and afterwards you party well into the night with those you’ve just heard from.

Speakers come from all over the world, and this year include Marina Willer of Pentagram, Aussie duo Craig & Karl, Kate Moross, Sarah Illenberger and Vaughan Oliver, along with home-grown inspirations The Stone Twins, and Ciaran O’Gaora of Zero-G. The list goes on.

As cheesy as it sounds, everyone’s there for the same reason: to celebrate design. And with the broad range of speakers on illustration, graphic design, typography, photography and film, you won’t be disappointed.

Unfortunately I can’t go this year, but I plan to be kept in the loop by numerous Twitterings, and hope to re-live at least some of the experience by watching the talks online. My past favourites include Massimo Vignelli, who had everyone in stitches (watch here); a memorable and slightly bizarre talk from Harry Pearce on his dreams (watch here); and of course the wonderful Anthony Burrill, which you can watch here.

To anyone who is going, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. For those of you who are unsure – make it a weekend trip, it’s a whirlwind that you won’t regret.

Offset runs from 5-7 April 2013 at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.

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