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Designing the future at LYIT

first_imgConor Smyth is a 27-year-old Monaghan native who arrived at LYIT by chance – but, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Communication and Graphic Design, is now working with the V7 web agency in Dublin as well as boasting a host of freelance clients.Conor’s journey to LYIT came through a chance session with a guidance counsellor which he says ‘helped shape my future’.“I was originally in Dublin studying product design, but I dropped out and then reached out to a guidance counsellor, who really knew her business and she pointed me in the direction of graphic design,” Conor told Donegal Daily. “I never looked back. It was a leap of faith and it paid off, so I guess you could say my career path was also a stroke of luck. LYIT had the best course in the country on paper that didn’t require a portfolio (I had completed LC Art), so that’s how I ended up there. I firmly believe the course is as good as any in the country.”Conor explained how he ‘struggled’ initially with ‘thinking outside the box’, but he soon found his feet.He said: “At LYIT we were challenged every day with briefs that forced you to think a little differently. You were rewarded by handing in an assignment that pushed boundaries, not necessarily the most technically sound projects all the time, but the ones that made people go: ‘that’s pretty smart or different’. As students the lectures all made this clear to us, so from the get go we were being grooved unknowingly.”“Every brand, every illustration, every logo and so on, should tell a story, and it’s our job to tell that story, to visualise it in an artistic form.” Conor graduated from LYIT with a distinction and won an award for Best Student in the Department of Design and Creative Media.He said: “Considering I never thought of myself as a creative person and as I hadn’t really accomplished much of value in life up until that, it was a huge deal for me. I felt excited about the future for the first time in my life.“I never expected much from myself, so I never stressed too much. It wasn’t until year 3 that I realised I could do this and do it well, so I put the head down and worked as hard as I could with a little play and it paid off.”The course has opened many doors for Conor. After graduating from LYIT, he worked with Ph7 in Monaghan for eight months and moved onto Neworld Associates.He said: “I learned an awful lot about the industry and design in general, I met some great designers and it was a great place to get start. I can’t put into words how much I learned. “I worked on quite a bit of branding. I kept myself going with some freelance work on the side and that’s what led me to my current position with V7. It was a bit of a risk considering I had only been in the industry two years. “Once I changed studios the owner started his own distillery, so for most of the last 9 months I’ve been working on branding, packaging, illustration and web for his new gin and whiskey products. “It’s not often one person gets full control over jobs like that and especially with such little experience, so I consider myself very lucky. Once I left Neworld I was thrown into the deep end but it was the best thing for me.”Conor has illustrated book covers and privately commissioned posters as well as working on branding and packaging for US-based clients. He holds his time at LYIT in high regard for the opportunities it has given him – and recommends it for any budding designers.Conor indicated “If you are any way creative I would recommend it and it’s so good I would recommend it even if you’re not creative. I always thought of myself as more technical, a perfectionist, and that’s why I feel I produce good design; I obsess over it. “There are many specialised areas of design. The ability to think differently more than anything is important in this industry and the course was focused on that more than teaching you the technical programmes.”The closing date for CAO applications is on 1st February, 2017, at 5.15pm. For information about all LYIT courses and admissions, visit www.lyit.ie, email [email protected] or telephone 074 918 6000Designing the future at LYIT was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:conor smytheducationLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITlast_img read more

New Cellulose Manufacturer Set for a 2018 Launch

first_imgLooking for quality insulationNational Fiber insulation had a good reputation, and its training programs were well received, said David Milliken, the owner of Portland-based Horizon Residential Energy Services Maine.“We were pretty saddened,” he said. “It seemed like a well-run business. We liked all the people there. It seemed like it was an important part of the manufacturing economy in that area. It was definitely a bummer. And then not having access to a high quality alternative product was problematic, and we ended up cycling through four, five different competitors before landing back at GreenFiber.“They’ve worked out a lot of the kinks that we were having,” he continued. “I think we’re back to a place where we have a good product to work with.”Michael Maines, a residential designer who met Hulstrunk while working at Ecocor in Searsmont, Maine, said the closure of National Fiber made it harder to find high-quality cellulose.“Depending on the installer, some say it doesn’t matter, that cellulose is cellulose,” he said. “But the higher-end installers who really care about quality said it’s not the same.”Hulstrunk says the use of recycled corrugated cardboard as the feedstock for UltraCell’s cellulose should make for very clean insulation, free of plastic and other contaminants that increasingly shows up in cellulose insulation made with recycled newspaper. The company also has changed the way fire retardants are added. Instead of grinding boric acid (or ammonium sulfate) into a powder and mixing it with cellulose fibers, UltraCell is impregnating the fibers with the retardant, which reduces the amount of dust installers have to contend with.UltraCell will cover the same market area as National Fiber — New England, eastern New York, and parts of Pennsylvania and Virginia — and expand it to the west, Hulstrunk said. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said GreenFiber purchased National Fiber in 2015 and closed it in 2016. GreenFiber says it purchased the company 2014, and closed the plant in 2015. Builders in the Northeast who have missed the friendly voice of Bill Hulstrunk and cellulose from National Fiber, the Massachusetts-based firm he worked for, can look forward to the launch of a new company and a fresh source of cellulose by next year.Hulstrunk, the technical director at the now-shuttered National Fiber plant in Belchertown, Massachusetts, has joined a new company called UltraCell, which is building a pilot plant in Buffalo, New York, and hopes to open a larger plant and begin selling the insulation in 2018.Hulstrunk met and trained many New England cellulose installers in the 11 years he worked for National Fiber. “If you talked to anyone about cellulose insulation or the companies that were producing the best quality material it was always, ‘That’s National Fiber,’” Hulstrunk said by telephone. “Or you talk to someone about who has the best technical support in New England, and that was National Fiber as well.”But National Fiber is no more. The company was purchased by U.S. GreenFiber, a Charlotte, North Carolina, company, in May 2014, and by the early summer of 2015 it was closed. The people who had been working at National Fiber, in a town Hulstrunk says doesn’t have many job opportunities, were suddenly out of work.center_img The website is still up and runningNational Fiber may be dead and gone, but its website lives on. Everything looks normal at first: there’s an interactive “find an installer” function, a tab to get a Federal Income Tax Credit form, and a technical library with articles and links about cellulose (some inviting questions be sent to Bill Hulstrunk).But try dialing the contact number, and things get weird. Instead of being connected to an operator, or having the chance to leave a message, callers are automatically taken to a recorded pitch offering the chance to win a Caribbean vacation in return for answering a few questions.That’s potentially confusing for callers, as it was for some GBA readers recently.Laura Woodford, GreenFiber’s senior marketing manager, said former National Fiber customers could contact GreenFiber by calling 1-800-228-0024 or by visiting its website.When asked why the National Fiber website was still running, Woodford said: “We appreciate you bringing the issue with the National Fiber website to our attention and we apologize for any inconvenience to site visitors. Our first priority is to ensure that we are providing our customers with the best service and support. GreenFiber is acting immediately to update the contact information on the National Fiber site so that visitors are directed to a dedicated GreenFiber service representatives that can assist them with their needs. Look for those updates within the next week.”Hulstrunk says he finds the website useful. “I still send folks to the website because it still has all the technical documents I created on it,” he said. “If you’re looking for technical information and videos, I think the National Fiber site still has some of the best information on the internet.”last_img read more

USC Marshall Professor Explains the Return on Investment of Gratitude

first_img Glenn Fox, the Head of Design, Strategy and Outreach for USC Marshall’s Performance Science Institute, believes that being thankful comes with a significant return-on-investment in business. According to a press release, Fox has focused his latest research on correlating gratitude and human performance.Ultimately, Fox believes that creating long-lasting relationships is key to good business, and that showing gratitude is one way to build that trust. “Gratitude is so closely correlated with happiness, optimism and lifestyle, that now we explore it as a tool to improve our work lives,” Fox said.He believes that business leaders should acknowledge that demonstrating care for others, like employees, inspires people to take care of others too. “When a company’s people cooperate and like each other, the company does better,” he said. “It’s that simple, and the research backs it up.”However, employees should also show gratitude. “Even if you have a difficult job, practicing and looking for ways to experience gratitude can allow you to see clearly about the people around you who are good and what’s working,” he added. “It will help you change your perception. It’s a huge tool.”Fox is a founding member of USC Marshall’s Performance Science Institute. He teaches classes about the science of peak performance, and leads training sessions with business leaders who want to foster a high-performance mentality in the workplace. “At the PSI we’re big fans of mindful practice,” he said. “This can be meditating on one’s breath or taking a walk and seeing how many things you can observe. Mindful practice can also include being grateful. We can observe the things people do to help us.”How can you start expressing your gratitude at work? It’s easy! Take some time every day to jot down three things you’re grateful for or can appreciate in that moment. This can include people, your breakfast, or your job. “We’ve found that in large settings, in high performance teams, what motivates people to compete is gratitude,” Fox said. “Are you grateful for the team or not? Are you going to fight to protect it?” Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Los Angeles USC Marshall Professor Explains the Return on Investment of Gratitudelast_img read more