Irish ‘Campaign’ revived after hiatus of 53 years

Institute of Creative Advertising and Design brings back ‘critical thinking’ title

Magazines have been known to fold and later be revived but, as publishing hiatuses go, 53 years may be hard to beat. The Institute of Creative Advertising and Design (ICAD) will next week relaunch Campaign, a title that was last published in June 1963.

For four years and 11 issues from 1959, Campaign, edited by Bernard Share and Isolde Farrell, covered the advertising and graphic design business in Ireland, with its quarterly editions featuring contributions from design luminaries such as Cor Klaasan and Piet Sluis. ICAD will launch the 12th issue on May 25th in Dublin's Dean Hotel, with funding from Irish Design 2015 (the Government-supported group set up to promote 2015's "year of design").

Designed by Atelier David Smith, Campaign will include key features from past issues as well as new critical industry comment from contributors including John Fanning, Mary Ann Bolger and Eoghan Nolan. This time around, it will be an annual publication, and expert contributions can be submitted to for consideration.

“There is a real appetite for intelligent and sound discourse and critical thinking in the fields of advertising and design, which we hope to go some way towards satisfying,” says Elaine McDevitt, ICAD’s managing director.


ICAD's Campaign is not to be confused with the UK-published advertising industry title of the same name, which is published by Haymarket Media Group and began using the Campaign title in 1968.

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery is an Irish Times journalist writing about media, advertising and other business topics