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Blog — featuring all the things that capture our attention.

Here’s what we’ve been up to.

jan
Category — Interviews

Interview: Jorgo Riss, Greenpeace

Greenpeace is one of the most influential environmental organisations in the world. Currently owning offices in 39 countries, it runs a giant oceanic fleet and uses a myriad of technology solutions to optimise and promote its activities.

jan
Category — Interviews

Interview: Accenture Team

Continuing our interview series, ‘Changing the world one click at a time’, we chatted with a multi-disciplinary team at The Dock, Accenture who research, incubate, prototype and pilot digital and emerging technologies together with clients and partners to pioneer new ways to fulfill human needs using emerging technology.

dec
Category — Thoughts

Empathy, a way to mutual success

Extolling the value of collaboration is nothing new. We all appreciate the importance and benefit of cross-pollinating knowledge, experience and ideas. But for much of the time, this process often stays within familiar boundaries.

jul
Category — Us

Summertime

This is the 4th of Artizan's monthly team project that gives us each a chance to exercise our creativity offline. The theme for July was "Summertime". Here's what we came up with.

jul
Category — Thoughts

Vulnerability in Business

There are a lot of posts already written on the importance of vulnerability in leadership - the value it brings, and the camaraderie and support it fosters. But how safe is it to express vulnerability in conversations with prospective or existing clients?

jul
Category — Interviews

Interview: Iseult Ward, FoodCloud

Continuing our interview series, ‘Changing the world one click at a time’, we chatted with Iseult Ward, co-founder of FoodCloud, an Irish social enterprise providing a technology solution that connects food businesses to local charities so that they can donate surplus food.

jun
Category — Thoughts

Green Technologies Paving The Way

Addressing the environmental crisis is one of the greatest tests in human history. For us to be able to tackle environmental challenges on a global scale, we need to build sophisticated tools that allow the collection and processing of vast amounts of information.

jun
Category — Us

Mirror Mirror

This is the 3rd of Artizan's monthly team project that gives us each a chance to exercise our creativity offline. The theme for June was "Mirror Mirror" Here's what we came up with.

jun
Category — Thoughts

10 Tips For Promoting SaaS Solutions

With cloud technology becoming widely embraced, SaaS solutions are filling the market with promises of scalable and flexible alternatives to legacy systems. What helps them stand out from the competition?

may
Category — Us

What If…

This is the 2nd of Artizan's monthly team project that gives us each a chance to exercise our creativity offline. The theme for May was "What If.." Here's what we came up with..

may
Category — Thoughts

Promoting a software solution – what makes the difference?

Offset is a three-day creative fest of images, words and ideas that will hit you hard between the eyes. And the ears. And your toes. Firing all your senses and paralyzing your brain simultaneously.

may
Category — Interviews

Interview: Ahmad Mu’azzam, Evocco

Continuing our interview series, ‘Changing the world one click at a time’, we sat with Ahmad Mu’azzam, co-founder of Evocco. It's an early stage Irish startup which is already winning awards and gaining recognition in Ireland and overseas.

apr
Category — Us

Exercising creativity offline

The majority of the projects we undertake in Artizan have a digital focus so we felt it was high time for the creative team to indulge in some handmade creativity and exercise our artistic talent offline.

apr
Category — Thoughts

Interview: Paul O’Hara, ChangeX

Without question, we have all played a part in contributing to the current state of our overproduced, over consumed, tired and polluted planet. Collectively, our choices and actions have created trends and behavioural norms that are destructive and reckless.

apr
Category — Thoughts

Using Design to Change the World

Without question, we have all played a part in contributing to the current state of our overproduced, over consumed, tired and polluted planet. Collectively, our choices and actions have created trends and behavioural norms that are destructive and reckless.

apr
Category — Events / Thoughts

Offset 2019

Offset is a three-day creative fest of images, words and ideas that will hit you hard between the eyes. And the ears. And your toes. Firing all your senses and paralyzing your brain simultaneously.

mar
Category — Thoughts

Green is the New Black

We as a society, we are becoming increasingly conscious of how our individual and collective decision-making affects our planet. This is having a profound influence how companies conduct their business. For organisations to survive, sustainability needs to underpin all they do as opposed to being a marketing buzzword included in a CSR policy.

mar
Category — Interviews

Interview: Tech for Good Dublin

To kick off our spanking new interview series, ‘Changing the world one click at a time’, we’re excited to start with Ellen Ward, co-founder of Tech for Good Dublin - a Meetup group with a core belief that technology can be utilised to have a positive impact on people, communities and our planet. The collective is celebrating its second birthday this month.

feb
Category — Thoughts

Collaborating Innovatively

Extolling the value of collaboration is nothing new. We all appreciate the importance and benefit of cross-pollinating knowledge, experience and ideas. But for much of the time, this process often stays within familiar boundaries.

feb
Category — Thoughts

Artificial Intelligence: slave or master?

Artificial intelligence is not new – it already permeates our lives by being embedded in the majority of digital devices, software and services that we use.

jan
Category — Events

Dublin Street Wisdom 2019

Street Wisdom is a social enterprise with a mission to bring inspiration to every street on earth. It’s a form of 'walking-based problem solving' – ask a question, walk the streets, unlock fresh thinking and see what answers present themselves.

nov
Category — Events

Design Leaders Conference 2018, Dublin

The Design Leaders Conference is an inspiring and thought-provoking one-day event put together by Design Enterprise Skillnet. The venue is perfect, the speakers are high caliber and the topics are interesting.

nov
Category — Thoughts

No idea is a bad idea

Imagine if we lived in a world without ideas? There would be no imagination. No revelations. No transformation. Just a vacuum of sameness.

nov
Category — Thoughts

Why every business should follow the rules of comedy improv

Doing comedy improvisation on a weekly basis is my favourite outlet for creative expression. Many people confuse comedy improv with stand-up comedy. Other than requiring a stage and audience, the two formats are very different.

sep
Category — Thoughts

Making space to impress

When we discuss branding with other entrepreneurs, one of the things we emphasise is that a brand is so much more than a slick identity and well-designed print collateral.

aug
Category — Thoughts

You know when you know

When a friend falls in love with someone who they claim to be THE ONE, you might ask how they can be so sure. “You know when you know” is often the confident, assured response.

aug
Category — Thoughts

All work and no play

Leading a company is hard work – the expectations we set ourselves are high, the challenges we face never stop and the pressure is constant. Based on personal experience and that of many other CEOs I speak to, it’s more of an afterthought than a priority to take responsibility for our own well-being.

jul
Category — Thoughts

If you sell to everyone, you sell to no one

When a client wants an additional service you don't currently provide, it's often tempting to include it in your service offering. Tread carefully.

may
Category — Thoughts

So what’s the difference between branding and marketing?

Branding is often mistaken as relevant only to large retailers targeting a broad consumer base. Many founders of early stage startups or owner/managers of SMEs consider it a luxury rather than a necessity.

may
Category — Events

Dublin Tech Summit 2018 Takeaways

Even though the Dublin Tech Summit 2018 didn’t live up to the high standards it set itself for its impressive debut in 2017, there was still a number of talks that delivered good value. Here’s some of the insights shared that stayed with us.

mar
Category — Thoughts

Is your brand an extension of your personality?

Tying yourself closely to your brand in the early stages of your business deserves proper consideration.

jan
Category — Thoughts

Put Your Strategic Plan Into Practice

When creating or growing a business, every entrepreneur comes across the same inevitable challenge – strategising. It is undoubtedly one of the most overwhelming activities to address, especially if you’re already knee deep in the operations and management of your venture.

jan
Category — Events

Dublin Street Wisdom 2018

At the center of Street Wisdom lies the idea that every moment is extraordinary and every street is full of inspiration – that there’s no such thing as an ordinary street, just ordinary thinking.

jan
Category — Thoughts

Generic Content Serves No One

The words you choose to use can make a significant difference to how you are perceived by others. When you have that level of exposure, it’s worth ensuring your message resonates.

oct
Category — Thoughts

The Crown Jewel of All Strategies

A brand strategy is the crown jewel of all strategies because it captures the essence of who you are as a business.

oct
Category — Thoughts

How To Successfully Collaborate With A Creative Agency

An agency should never be afraid to challenge a client’s understanding of how they see themselves.

oct
Category — Thoughts

The Power of the Discovery Process

Making something known or visible through a process of discovery between an agency and its client is only achieved if both parties show up with an open mind and a willingness to actively participate.

jun
Category — Thoughts

How to assess a creative agency’s online portfolio

Three important questions to ask yourself when you’re assessing a digital agency’s portfolio of work.

jun
Category — Thoughts

Free Design Concept? Just no.

A tender document arrives into our inbox. It looks like an interesting project. It’s completely within our capabilities. Include a design concept as part of the submission? Oh.

jun
Category — Thoughts

5 Reasons Why Companies Underperform Online

Many companies invest a lot of their budget in search marketing to drive large volumes of traffic to their website. What if your website does a poor job at winning visitors over?

jun
Category — Thoughts

Mental Fitness for Business Success

Mental Fitness helps individuals feel less overwhelmed, less exhausted, more in control and more excited about what the future may hold.