NCAD and Dublin City Council join forces on ‘Designing for the Pandemic’


Dublin City Council and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) have joined forces to add colour to the city centre while conveying an important health message to the public.

The new project ‘Designing for the Pandemic: A Positive Focus’ involved 3rd-year Communication Design students from NCAD.

Their goal was to design flags that would encourage people to stay positive while remaining attentive to the dangers of Covid-19.

Dublin City Council and NCAD have joined forces to work on a positive project.
Covid-19 flags Designed by NCAD Students fly along the Liffey. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography Copyright 2020

Students were tasked with designing a 2 metre X 2 metre flag that will infuse the viewer with a sense of alertness.

These original and colourful flags are currently on display along the north and south quays.

NCAD students were told the flag design should communicate a positive focus, it should imbue and espouse the core concepts of remaining attentive to the dangers of Covid-19 and remain experimental, multifarious, transnational and contemporary finish. 

“I want to congratulate the students from the National College of Art and Design who created these wonderful flags,” said the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu.

“They will continue to brighten up the quayside in the centre of Dublin during these dark days. I commend their creativity and I’m sure their message of hope yet caution will resonate with everyone who sees them.”

NCAD says it is thrilled with the outcomes and welcomes the attention paid by its students to the streets of Dublin, and the opportunity for the college to play a small part in the national strategy to target Covid.

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