Wednesday 7th March
Letterkenny I.T. Donegal



DICE is a conference which aims to spark a discussion on the value of creativity and design to both business and society.


Fashioning the Future

Fashion with Promotion

Donegal’s first fashion graduates will open DICE 2018 with a dynamic range of high end fashion, showcasing their innovative design work. This will be a unique insight into their current projects and a taster the regions up and coming designers. Expect to see a wide range of innovative womenswear, menswear and accessories.

Fashion with promotion is a new approach to fashion and design education. It’s not only about fashion design: the course also gives students a strong grounding on how to promote fashion products online using high impact visuals and motion.

Peaky Blinder - Aileen Faller

Costume Design: The Midwife, Game of Thrones, Derry Girls

Aileen Faller is a Derry born costume designer and maker. A previous deputy head girl of Thornhill College, she completed an Art Foundation Diploma at North West Regional College at distinction level. This was followed with Aileen receiving a 1st class honours in all studio practice from Wimbledon College of Art: University of Art, London, in BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation.

Such consistent hard work and determination has helped Aileen build a wealth of experience in Film, TV, Commercials, Theatre and Opera. This wide variety of experience has led the Costumier to progress through her career very quickly since graduating in 2014.

Aileen has worked on some of the most iconic costumes and with the biggest names in Film and TV of the 21st Century. Be it the notorious 1920’s Peaky Blinders, the 1950’s nurses on Call the Midwife, the wilding from Westerns on Game of Thrones and even some local ‘louts’ from the recent TV hit Derry Girls.

Indieboom - Shaun Kelly

Animation Award Winner

Shaun is an award winning animator from Donegal and a recent graduate of LYIT Design. The Mountcharles man was crowned ‘Best Student’ in the Department of Design and Creative Media in 2017 and has gone on to premiere his student film at festivals both locally and in the US. His film ‘After’ won best animation at the IndieBoom Film Festival in Brooklyn, earning a streaming slot at Brooklyn On-Demand (BKOD).

Now in full-time employment, Shaun is using his skills to develop courses and characters alongside his colleagues at MetaCompliance creating beneficial assets for the company.

Hackathon - Digital Media Students

LYIT Design and Pramerica collaboration

In late 2017, Pramerica, in partnership with LYIT and Kainos, invited interested practitioners and students from Finance, Business, Technology and Design to join a #FinTech2025 Hackathon. The LYIT Design students answered the call and it has been a mutually beneficial collaborative relationship ever since, leading to live student projects, internships and much more in the pipeline.

During the Hackathon, new products such as ‘Emergenetics’ and the ‘Wallpaper Process’ encouraged exploration in technology in financial services, collaboration between industry and education to create innovative product concepts or services for the digital generation. The design students will tell you their story.

Duff Balloons - Ryan Tracey

Innovation and Enterprise

Ryan Tracey is from Omagh, Co. Tyrone. He studied Technology and Design at Degree level, and Design and Creative Practices at Masters Level within Ulster University. With an illustrious career in Local Government he has delivered over 100 ‘ground-breaking’ projects, engaging over 500,000 young people.

A father of 5, in 2014 he took up a hobby to entertain his kids. That hobby became his passion and changed his life and set him on an adventure like no other. In 2017 he earned 3 Guinness World Records on LIVE TV appearances such as Britain’s got Talent, placing him in the top 0.04% of global talent as the world’s fastest balloon modeller, with over 11 million views on YouTube.

Shooting’ - Michael McLaughlin

Fine Art and Commercial Photography

Michael McLaughlin is a past student of LYIT where he studied Visual Communications and there worked as a Graphic Artist in Dublin. After his stint in Dublin, he returned to his home town of Westport, Co. Mayo, where he opened a photographic studio.

Michael works in the worlds of both Fine Art and commercial photography. He has garnered recognition from the FEP Federation of European Professional photographers, The Black & White Spider awards, The Prix de la Photographie in Paris and the MonoAwards. His photographs have been published worldwide and he continues to exhibit prints in solo and group exhibitions.

Google - Lucia Fontes

UX Program Manager, Google London

Lucia is a UX Program Manager at Google, who has over 7 years experience in the Advertising and UX industry. She has a unique skill set of design strategy, usr research, information architecture and content strategy, as well as global project management of creative teams.

Lucia leads three Publisher UX teams globally from ambiguity to clarity by seeing direction that combines user, business and innovation goals. Lucia is a former Media Buyer and Advertiser, also at Googel and other blue chip companies such as Amazon. She has experience in brand and product management bringing to life digital strategy and marketing programs across multiple regions, audiences and products.

Greedy Pig - Noel Feeney

Multidisciplinary Design

Noel Feeney is a graduate of LYIT Design and is a lead designer with ‘The Greedy Pig’ and ‘Hens Teeth’ creative agency, publication, art & lifestyle store based in Dublin. Noel originally trained as a carpenter before making the change to design after 6 years. During his time at LYIT he designed a basketball court for Fordham University in the Bronx and also held an LYIT student exhibition ‘Quote UnQuote’ in the Regional Cultural Centre, where he brought national participants, the MART Gallery from Dublin.

Noel has worked with Johnson Print and Vermillion Design with clients such as the National Gallery, Chester Beatty Library, the Soane Museum, London and more recently with Smirnoff, Samhain Festival, District 8 and The Stand Podcast (Eamon Dunphy) within his role in “The Greedy Pig’. Noel has also curated and built gallery interiors and exhibitions for ‘Hens Teeth’, namely, Fantasy 12, New Masters and 60x60.

Ireland - The User Experience

UXTraining / Design thinking

Colman Walsh started working as a UX designer in San Fransisco in 1999. He founded UXTraining in 2013 with a mission to help organisations, teams and individuals make better software through user-centred design.


#DesignThinking Product Launch

The Wallpaper Process Is a pre-printed design thinking workflow product. The innovative Idea has been created by designer and educator, Padraic Lynch, and has been tried and tested within academia and industry to assist in the areas of: improving user experience, proof of concept development, problem solvIng, new product and service innovation and collaborative stakeholder engagement.

With the focus on the end-user at all times, exploration, discovery and cross disciplinary collaboration ensures that this project can not only encourage a highly productive work environment, but has been proven to stimulate innovative concept developments leading to real world successful projects... from the bottom up. The Wallpaper Process is both teachable and scaleable, drives innovation internally and stmulates organic growth.


  • Film & TV
  • Film Graphics
  • Interaction Design
  • Animation
  • Interaction Design
  • Animation
  • Innovation
  • Interaction Design
  • Graphic/Motion Design
  • Film & TV
  • POST
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Innovation
  • Enterprise
  • Animation
  • Fashion & Costume Design
  • Content Design for VR
  • Motion Graphics
  • Enterprise

Letterkenny I.T.
Letterkenny, Donegal

Contact: Nollaig Crombie
(Head of Department of Design & Creative Media)