Have you ever looked at something particularly tacky, impossibly wrong or just weird and thought “someone actually designed that”? Good design make(...)

President Michael D Higgins: will be attending events in China aimed at promoting Ireland run by the Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Tourism Ireland, as well as the Science Foundation of Ireland, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and representatives from the universities.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There is a strong business flavour to this week’s visit by President Michael D Higgins to China as he will be attending events aimed at promoting Irel(...)

President Michael D. Higgins is on a week-long visit to China. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins shared a stage with musician Sharon Shannon and her band, the poet Paula Meehan, erhu player Sun Huang and cellist Zhao Xu(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife  Sabina Higgins are shown around the Forbidden City in  Beijing. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins began his high-profile state visit to China with a tour of the Forbidden City at the heart of the capital Beijing, on a mi(...)

Artist turned textile designer Helen Steele projects paint layers into the air, capturing the 3D designs for transfer to print on fabrics in vivid layering of contrasting colours. Photograph: Peter Rowen

Visitors to Ireland will be given a window into the working world of dozens of Irish designers as they pass through Dublin Airport as a new photograph(...)

I want to look amazing and save the world at the same time. What are my options? If you’re starting to think about your footprint in a more meani(...)

More than €20 million in sales orders are expected at the Showcase creative expo which takes in the RDS this week.Over four days, 430 Irish designers,(...)

David McCaul: “People buy our jewellery because it’s contemporary and hand-made. In Ireland it’s about the size of the stone; people don’t care that it’s a one-off.”

Although jewellery designer David McCaul characterises the first years of owning his London-based shop as “long hours and little money”, he was able t(...)

Ronald Le Bas assay master in the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hallmarking of precious metal jewellery is possibly the oldest form of consumer protection and dates back to the 14th century when King Edward I signe(...)

Olaf Liukowska with fellow pupils playing outdoors. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish children are finding it difficult to stay slim. A delegation from the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute recently told the Oireachtas that I(...)