10th of October (world mental health day) where Mind Over Matter 2018 took place in VISUAL Carlow where we had 10 professional creatives donating their time for free for an amazing mental health initiative all on behalf of Aware. A national day of creativity throughout Ireland took place, but in Carlow we had entrepreneurs, startup businesses, and established businesses soaking up all of the knowledge from our experienced ten designers and what they had to offer. Our design consultations for Mind Over Matter Carlow began at 9am and ran right through-out the day until 5pm.
Our design team for Mind Over Matter Carlow consisted of Gillian from Penhouse, Mick from UNUM, Liam from McLoughlin Architecture, Elke from Lifepath Designs, Rachel from Lifehack Designs, Eric from Saatchi & Saatchi, Rory from Clickworks, Simone from Simone Hassett Design, James from Threesixty, myself from AKGraphics and Stephanie of course who directed and time managed us throughout the day. A really creative buzz began just before 9am and never stopped throughout the day, it was a proud moment for me to see it all come together under one roof in Carlow last Wednesday. We had professional and experienced product designers, architects, graphic designers, creative strategists, UX/UI designers, packaging designers, web designers, interior designers and advertising creatives – all that talent for a national day of creativity in Carlow.
I would like to say a big thank you to all those people who booked their design consultations with myself (AKGraphics) it was a new experience for me to have seven meetings in a row in one day and it’s kind of a bit like speed dating! I just love speaking to people, hearing their stories and what they are up to and what the next plan is. I had a varied selection of design consultations throughout the day from a scientist, to a beaded Irish jewellery designer, to a training consultancy firm, to an Astrology lover, to a theatre/venue manager, to a hidden food store (that I will be calling into the next time I pass!) that feeds all the manufacturing companies in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow.
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of businesses out there and what they are up to. Last Wednesday Mind Over Matter Carlow was the day to talk, question, discuss and explore new ideas, advise more effectively, develop a new product/ app for a business, get new business and to talk about business priorities. The people who booked their design consultation had heard about this mental health initiative through social media or word of mouth or through our laser light show on the Braun building, they booked their E75 hour long design consultation and they came through the doors every hour last Wednesday. The people that booked their design consultation were very prepared and knew that in the 60 minutes they needed answers to the queries and questions they prepared. Some were questioning existing ways, some where open to change about how they would do that? Some were doing too many things in their business but not focusing on the top four selling points in the business. From our feedback sheets from all the design consultations in Carlow, we the designers can see the positive effect we had on the day while also raising serious money for Aware.
But this day would not happen without a serious amount of thank you’s to the many, many people that helped us make this happen.
To the main woman who is the brain child behind this wonderful mental health initiative – Kim McKenzie Doyle, a fellow Carlow lady and former president of the Institute of Designers of Ireland (IDI). This is a lady you cannot say ‘no’ to, she just has this energy and drive that oozes confidence. When she approached me this summer little did I know her plan was to make me do public speaking, radio interviews, launches and be the face of Mind Over Matter Carlow. I am delighted she made me do these things that were completely out of my comfort zone, I think if I knew the half of Kim’s ideas I would have run a mile! But to be fair this is Kim’s second year running Mind Over Matter and to raise over E23,500 last Wednesday for Aware, where last year was only E7,000 – that just shows you how determined Kim is. But you also have to see Kim’s idea in networking the talented creative industry in Ireland, through this mental health initiative called Mind Over Matter and that is something that’s growing each year. The design talent we have in Ireland is outstanding and that is where the IDI (Institute of Designers) are pushing that out more and more. Watch this space as this is a lady that is not going to sit still – Kim McKenzie Doyle take a bow from all of us in Carlow and nationwide.
To our main sponsors – without them Mind Over Matter Carlow would not have happened
Mimosa Bar de Tapas, Carlow for providing sponsorship and also for providing ‘Residencia’ for our launch of Mind Over Matter Carlow back on the 30th August. What a positive launch we had in Mimosa for me it was my first big launch to be personally involved in but for Mimosa it was also a big new venture for them with the expansion into ‘Residencia’. The ambiance the food the people just worked beautiful, as per usual Mimosa Bar de Tapas just blew everyone away. Some of our guests had never been to Mimosa before and let’s just say they were quiet impressed and definitely returning. I would also like to say thank you so much for our wonderful speakers at our launch: Lorraine Higgins – Retail Excellence Ireland, Gavin O’Reilly – Silver Spear Gin, Vanessa Tierney – Abodoo and myself of course…
Glasseye – To Janet and her experienced video and production team at Glasseye who prepared all the video production at our Mind Over Matter Carlow launch
DNG McCormack Properties – To Marcus McCormack and all his team
UNUM – To Colette and all her team at UNUM for supporting us
Lennon’s Carlow – To Ross & all his very helpful team
P+D who provided us with all the printed material for Mind Over Matter
IDI – Institute of Designers for all the guidance
I would also like to do a big shout out to Carlow County Council, Local Enterprise Office (Leo) Carlow, Co. Carlow Chamber of Commerce, Carlow Nationalist, KCLR 96fm, Arboretum Home & Garden Centre who helped us to promote Mind Over Matter locally and nationally.
Braun – where our creative laser light show lit up the side of Braun at night for the last month – where all of Carlow could see. It’s been my long term ambition to display graphics on this idle building and I was delighted to see it worked. Thank you to Sean Gallagher for allowing us to use this Braun building, and to Greg Mynhardt of Hedgehog Productions who put this creative laser light show together for us. Plus I would also like to thank ‘Height For Hire’ for lending us the hoist to display our amazing laser light show on the Braun building and lastly to Netwatch for the 24 hour security on this equipment and building.
To Lennon’s Restaurant for feeding all the Carlow designers last Wednesday in Visual with a beautiful tasty lunch that refreshed and revived all the designers for their afternoon sessions. Thank you Ross Byrne of Lennon’s, all of us were extremely grateful for this lunch sponsorship.
To Visual Carlow, to Derek and Eric and all the team from Visual who really I can not thank enough. What an incredible venue firstly but a big thank you to all the team who assisted us greatly last Wednesday for Mind Over Matter Carlow.
To Ballygowan Water for our supply of cooled bottled water to keep the designers brains refreshed throughout the design consultations in Carlow. Also a big thank you to Bewley’s for our supply of coffee and tea to keep us all going also.
To the people on the day who walked into Visual Carlow and gave us donations for Mind Over Matter Carlow – thank you so much. Plus I would also like to thank the people who could not attend on the day, but made donations and rescheduled design consultations for them on other days – thank you.
Lastly a big thank you to all my staff in AKGraphics who kept the ship going and also for putting up with me during these busy times of juggling AKGraphics and Mind Over Matter. Also a big shout out to Stephanie of AKGraphics who kept me calm and reminded me of where I was to be but basically just kept me on track as she does everyday in AKGraphics and as you can imagine that is not an easy task….
To my own family also for putting up with me during Mind Over Matter it was not easy guys but thank you for your patience. I hope sincerely I have not forgotten to thank anyone, but if I did please forgive me.
Thank you to all the hard core creatives (189 creatives in total in 9 different locations around Ireland), who raised an incredible E23,500 for Aware and what a difference that will make…brilliant initiative with a brilliant result – an inspirational event.