We wanted to bring you something a bit different for this post. If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that Noel Joyce has been contributing regular posts on all aspects of Maglus and design. We thought it was about time you guys found out a little more about the designer behind Maglus. We managed to tear him away from all his creative productivity for a few minutes to chat about all things design.
1. How did you get into design?
After I had in accident in 2006 that ended my career in the Irish Army and left me confined to a wheelchair, I looked to start a new career as I could no longer perform my duties in the Military.
It has been a busy few weeks for the Maglus crew, we’re excited to share what we’ve been up to with you!!
We were honoured to be part of Shakefest – a vibrant, World CulturesArt and Dance festival last weekend. It was a special event for us as it took place in Tullamore, Co.Offally – the hometown of Maglus!
We wanted to put on something special for this great event, so we enlisted the help of some friends of Maglus – German iPad artistBenjamin Rabe and drawing maestro Fabric Lenny. Both guys do some really diverse work – iPhone art, animation, web design and collaborations with other creatives is just a flavour of what they get up to!
First up, the guys held a small Coderdojoworkshop on Friday evening for a group of kids.
What springs to mind when you think of St.Patrick’s Day – Shamrocks? Leprechauns? A green Liffey?
We wanted to show you that there is more to Ireland than that…
Can a walk on the beach change everything?
In James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, Sandymount strand in Dublin is the scene for what many think to be the birth of post-modernist writing. When the character Stephen Dedalus finds himself in need of some “beach-time”, Joyce switches into a stream of consciousness narrative.
“Under its leaf he watched through peacocktwittering lashes the southing sun. I am caught in this burning scene. Pan’s hour, the faunal noon. Among gumheavy serpentplants, milkoozing fruits, where on the tawny waters leaves lie wide. Pain is far.”
We sat artist and animator Fergal Brennan down, equipped with nothing more than a brush-tipped Maglus stylus and an iPad (using Procreate app), in front of the ever changing light outside his window. His singular goal was to complete 5 minute sketches from 7am to 7pm.
How did he get on? Wonderfully! He managed to produce 65 very beautiful sketches. We were so impressed, that we convinced him to composite them into a 30 second animation, complete with soundscape. The result can be seen below, highly evocative and available to be enjoyed by anyone who would like a 30 second stroll down Sandymount Strand in Dublin, Ireland.