David Smith

David Smith is the current President of IADT. His role entails strategic leadership and direction, development of the Institute as well as representing IADT at national and international level.


“Design Futures” David Smith & Hilary Kenna, in Campaign Journal Issue 12, ICAD2016
Developing Citizen Designers, Elisabeth Resnick (ed), David Smith (contributor), Bloomsbury Academic2016
First Choice Volume 4, Ken Cato (ed), David Smith (contributor), Images Publishing2016
Spin 360º, Tony Brook (ed), Adrian Shaugnessy (ed), David Smith (contributor), Unit Editions2015
One by One, Jian Ping He (ed), David Smith (contributor), Hesign Publishing2012


My design work has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the last fifteen years. Selected works are held in the Poster Collection of the Museum for Gestaltung in Zurich; NIVAL – the National Irish Visual Arts Library, Dublin; the Slovak Design Centre, Bratislava; the collection of the University College Cork, Library.

I Love Seoul Poster Exhibition @ DDP, Designer’s Lounge, Seoul, South Korea2016
Typeset, Image Now Gallery, Dublin2016
AGI International Poster Exhibition, Museu da Língua Portuguesa, Sao Paulo, Brazil2014

Recent Lectures

OFFSET, Design Conference, Bord Gais Theatre – “Designing Designers” IADT x IBM Design – exploring future needs of Design Education for Enterprise level organisations. 2016
AGI v DPP, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul Korea – public lecture on studio practice.2016
Innocrafts Design Intelligence, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny – lecture on Design Intelligence as evidenced in studio practice.2013
Department of Design, George Brown College, Toronto CA, – Atelier Projects 2001–20122013
Glucksman Gallery, UCC, – Perspectives Lecture Series, On the influence of Josef Albers2012

Awards & Achievements

I am the founder and principal of Atelier Projects an independent design practice. The studio is among the most decorated and awarded Irish design practices with numerous national awards and international recognition. 

AIGA & Design Observer 50 Books/ 50 Covers, American Institute of Graphic Arts selection of best book designs in the world.2013 and 2015
Institute of Creative Advertising and Design Annual Awards. Multiple Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards2003 2015
Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Awards EYE Award for Visual Communications — Corporate Identity2015
Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Awards EYE Award for Design Education2015
Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Awards EYE Award for Visual Communications — Logo Design2015

Additional Info

I am a committed advocate for Irish Design and through my role here at IADT and the output of my studio practice I have contributed greatly to the enhanced reputation of Irish graphic design over the last decade.

I was on the steering group and advisory panel for the year of Irish Design 2015; and more recently have been an advisor and contributor to the National Strategy for Design.Institute of Creative Advertising and Design Annual Awards

In 2012 I co-founded the 100Archive (www.100archive.com) to record and capture the history and practices of Irish graphic design.

I am a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (www.a-g-i.org) and currently hold an Executive role with the organisation.