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  • We win again

    5th year in a row winning at Red Dot

    We are delighted to have won again, in partnership with our clients, at the Red Dot awards this year. 

    “Winning at the Red Dot Awards for the fifth year in a row has highlighted the successful partnerships we have with our clients. Our collaborative team approach, working closely with the client’s internal new product development teams, has consistently delivered excellence and innovation in product design and our client partners have reaped the rewards, both through leading the charge in international design awards and the commercial successes that result.” Chris Murphy, Design Director and CEO of Dolmen said, “Dolmen embeds design as an essential business function for our clients, allowing dynamic Irish brands to beat the competition and to reap the rewards on an international stage.”

    You can learn more about the winning products here:

    Moocall HEAT

    Arysto 8 Infold

    You can also listen to our podcast on Today FM HERE.

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  • We’re moving up the road

    Bigger office, bigger ideas

    As of the 9th of April we will have moved to our lovely new offices at:

    DCU Alpha
    Old Finglas Road
    Glasnevin
    Dublin 11

    Our phones will remain the same. We are very excited. Come visit us to see the view!

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  • We’re bringing design excellence to global research

    We've been chosen to work on two multi million euro EU projects

    “These Horizon2020 projects come at a time when Dolmen is growing rapidly as a company and expanding its reach into new export markets.” said Chris Murphy, Dolmen’s CEO and Design Director. “We have been chosen to work on an €8million project to help the future of personalised biomaterials; and to work on a €3.5 million green project on solar cells which reduce CO2 in the atmosphere”. 

    We look forward to working with all our European partners on these hugely exciting projects. More information can be found here.

    Chris, our CEO and Design Director, and Frances, our Business Development Manager, were featured on the Today FM Sunday Business Show to talk about our recent successes. You can hear the podcast here.

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  • Proving good design transcends disciplines

    Our retrospective showcase on 25 years of Product design praised at the IDI design awards.

    The annual IDI Awards have fast become one of the highlights of the design calendar year. And 2017’s event lived up to all expectations. Held in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square, it was a spectacle of ingenuity, creativity and design prowess. 

    Dolmen, celebrating 25 years in business, won an award in a category which stretched its expertise: a Commendation for Best Structures and Spaces for the “Dolmen 25” week long event, which showcased highlights of our design work over the last quarter of a century. This accolade added to the 5 International Red Dot Awards received in Germany in July makes it a pretty good year for us!

    We are always pushing the boundaries of design thinking and innovation, working with both large multinationals and SMEs to create novel, differentiated products and experiences for our clients. As Ireland’s leading design consultancy, we strive to build award winning  brand focused designs in all corners of industry.

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  • Celebrating 5 Red Dot Awards

    International recognition for Dolmen and our clients

    July is always a special time of year here at Dolmen with the arrival of the annual Red Dot Awards, by far the most coveted accolades in the industry. Recognising international excellence in design innovation at a global ceremony in Essen (Germany), Dolmen was awarded another 5 Red Dot Awards to add to its growing collection, proving its commitment to create novel solutions for its broad base of customers.

    Spanning a variety of industries including Medical, Telecommunications and Industrial, Dolmen continues to push the boundaries of design thinking. The design partnership wins included the N-Pro rugby head guard, developed with Contego; the Omni digital microscope, developed with Ash Technologies; the TRX rail communications system, developed with Klas Telecom; the Synconta lifting station, developed with Sulzer and the NP800 paper scanner, developed with ABB.

    “Close collaborations with our clients is key to building strong relationships, strong brands and strong award winning designs. It’s another very special day for Dolmen, but more importantly for our partner companies” stated Chris Murphy, Design Director and CEO of Dolmen.

    “The team in Dolmen are an absolute pleasure to work with. We love what we do and revel in creating innovative award winning designs for our clients that create sustainable value. We look forward to celebrating this win with you. Here’s to the future.”

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  • Modern Irish product design is shaking off ‘craft’ image

    Dolmen feature in major Irish Times article

    We were delighted to feature in an article on the successful growth of the professional design industry in Ireland.

    We know we are competing at a global level but it is nice to get the recognition at home on occasion.

    You can read the article here: Modern Irish product design is shaking off ‘craft’ image

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  • Turning ideas into global success

    Like a well-oiled machine we've won an unprecedented 5 Red Dot awards this year

    The jury has reached its decision: After several days of assessing thousands of products from all over the world, Dolmen has received the distinction “Red Dot”… five times over!

    The range of products that Dolmen has designed over the years is reflected in this years’ win. The design partnership wins include the N-Pro rugby head guard, developed with Contego; the Omni digital microscope, developed with Ash Technologies; the TRX rail communications system, developed with Klas Telecom; the Synconta lifting station, developed with Sulzer and the NP800 paper scanner, developed with ABB.

    Chris Murphy, Design Director and CEO of Dolmen: “After celebrating our 25 years in business last year, this win is a really special one for us. It highlights the strong and enduring partnerships we have with our clients. 

    I would like to take this moment to thank our team in Dolmen for consistently delivering world class designs for our clients and helping to accelerate their time to market. I would also like to thank our clients for the warm and creative relationships we have built up over the years. We look forward to celebrating this win with you.”

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  • The Design Advantage

    We feature in the Spring 2017 edition of Enterprise Ireland's The Market magazine

    “Product design is about sitting between marketing and R&D, interpreting customers pain points, developing manufacturing specifications, and being pragmatic about pricing and business models. But sometimes, it’s also about doing what designers do best: dreaming, creating and re-imagining.”

    Sean McNulty and Chris Murphy are interviewed by The Market magazine and share what 25 years of product design is all about, and what matters most.

    You can read the article here.

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  • Continuing our winning streak

    Yet again, our design for Ash Technologies has led to more design awards

    This November we were delighted to have been awarded the highest National Design Award for Industrial Design. The IDI Awards are an annual event that celebrate the best of design coming out of Ireland. This year we won the Industrial Design category for our partnership with Ash Technologies in the development of the Omni, a digital microscope for the industrial market.

    We have partnered with Ash Technologies for over 20 years and as a testament to our excellent working partnership we have won national and international design awards for every single product we have designed for them.

    To quote Hugh Maguire, the Managing Director of Ash Technologies: 

    “Engaging with Dolmen has delivered the “design equity” that sets us apart with our product solutions. This design equity is a catalyst for value creation through our evolving business models and has enabled Ash to sustain core platforms in markets and industries significantly longer than we originally anticipated.”

    We can’t wait for the next 20 years!

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  • Sent to Coventry to talk about design

    Join us at stand A26 in the Ricoh Arena Oct 19-20th

    We will be showcasing Dolmen designed products, developed for a number of multinational clients, at this years’ Engineering Design Show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

    Come meet us at stand A26 and learn about how we developed ground breaking products for clients like Cook Medical, Respironics, Vasorum, Teleflex, Stryker, Hollister and more.

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

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