Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Drogheda 2018. General Purpose Map Design

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Application Form Design for new school enrolment processing in Drogheda

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“The biggest change in the primary educational system in Drogheda in decades will see the amalgamation of St Brigid’s and St Patrick’s girls and boys schools at Bothar Brugha into one school. New plans will also result in the introduction of a junior infants to sixth class model in both St Joseph’s CBS and the Presentation NS on the Ballymakenny Road. And parents wishing to send their children to the schools – including St Oliver’s NS, whose process remains unchanged – will now have to apply under a common application enrolment form. ‘The common application system makes provision for families to apply for enrolment in St Peter’s Parish schools and will provide a wider choice of school type for children of the parish with greater availability of access to the co-educational model,’ Archbishop Eamon Martin added in a statement this week.”

Source – Hubert Murphy – Drogheda Independent


Big Bear Sound and Digital Garage POST-IBC Event

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Promotional design of an invitation to see products from key manufacturers that will help you to get your projects completed on time, on budget and on air.

Design work celebrating the centenary of poet Francis Ledwidge

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A showcase of work carried out for the Francis Ledwidge centenary from brand design, posters and programmes created for the Arts and Heritage offices of Meath County Council to poster exhibits for the annual Kells Type Trail.

Branding of The Augustinian Garden of Remembrance

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The Augustinian Garden of Remembrance designed by landscape architect Aideen Morrissey is where people can sit and reflect on their lives or remember loved ones who have passed away. Inspiration for the Garden has grown out of the Augustinian community’s the association with organisations such as SOSAD, the National Roads Authority, and the Emergency Services through the annual Masses in memory of those who have been lost through suicide, road traffic accidents and other tragic circumstances.

VAT Rates for Printed Material – are you paying too much?

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When buying printed materials it’s vital to check that you’re not overpaying VAT. There are four different rates (0%, 9%, 13.5% or 23%). Not all print products have the same VAT rate. For VAT registered clients it’s not an issue as they simply reclaim the VAT however for unregistered clients it can make a big difference.

So, if VAT is a cost for your business, be sure that you’re not overpaying it.

Below are a sample of different VAT rates on printed products, taken directly from the Revenue website.

Examples of printed material @ 0%

  • Books
  • Children’s picture and drawing/colouring books
  • Atlases

Examples of printed material @ 9%

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Periodicals
  • Brochures Catalogues
  • Comics
  • Directories
  • Leaflets/flyers
  • Maps
  • Programmes
  • Prospectuses (College, University, etc.)
  • Sheet Music

Examples of printed material @ 13.5%

  • Photographic prints and certain photographic services

Examples of printed material @ 23%

  • Greeting cards
  • Diaries and planners
  • Business cards
  • Books of stationery
  • Calendars Exercise books
  • Posters
  • Postcards

Branding – The O’Carolan Harp Festival

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Brochures, Press Advertising & Posters

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SPUDGUN has had the pleasure of working on three developments for property development company UrbanLife. SPUDGUN designed promotional brochures, press advertising, posters, road signage, flags, house plaques and even a promotional video which can be seen running on TV screens in the show houses.

Kells TypeTrail 22nd June 2017

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Branding & Promotional Design

This is the 8th year of the Kells TypeTrail, which will see the theme ‘Words’ appearing in various locations around the town. The TypeTrail is a celebration of lettering as a modern art form. Start at Number 1 on the TypeTrail map and follow the Trail throughout the town of Kells. At each stop you will see different variations of this year’s chosen word, interpreted in a variety of ways by artists and local community groups.
The 2017 TypeTrail will be launched at 7pm on Thurs 22nd June in the Church of Ireland. Free entry.

All are Welcome.

Artwork and file type – which file should I use or ask for?

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Vector vs. Raster

First things first, what is the difference between vector and raster?

Raster images are constructed by a series of pixels, or individual blocks, to form an image. JPEGs, GIFs and PNGs are all raster images. Every photo you find online or in print is a raster image. Pixels have a defined proportion based on their resolution (high or low), and when the pixels are stretched to fill space they were not originally intended to fit, they distort resulting in blurry or unclear images. In order to retain pixel quality, you cannot resize raster images without compromising their resolution. As a result, it is important to remember to save raster files at the exact dimensions needed for the application.

Vector images are far more flexible. They are constructed using proportional formulas rather than pixels. EPS, AI and PDF are perfect for creating graphics that require frequent resizing. Your logo and brand graphics should have been created as a vector, and you should always have a master file on hand. The real beauty of vectors lies in their ability to be sized as small as a postage stamp, or large enough to fit on an 18-wheeler!

If you’re not sure whether you have a vector version of your logo, here’s a little trick for you. Call the company that printed your business cards or the vendor that embroidered your logo on a shirt.  Very often they will have a vector file of your logo that they can send to you for your records.

High Resolution vs. Low Resolution

Have you heard your designer talk about DPI or PPI? DPI stands for “dots per inch” and PPI translates to “pixels per inch.” These units of measure are essential for determining if the density of pixels in an image is appropriate for the application you are using.

The biggest thing to note when determining what DPI or PPI you require is if you are using an image for print or web. Websites display images at 72dpi, which is low resolution; however images at this resolution look really crisp on the web. This is not the case for print. Best practices for printing an image will require it to be no less than 300dpi.

Don’t try to trick the system. A lot of magic can happen in Photoshop, but creating pixels out of thin air isn’t one of them. Pulling an image off of the web and trying to get it to fit the dimensions of your print project just won’t work. You will end up with a pixelated image that appears stretched and distorted.

The Different Extensions & When to Use Them

JPEG (or JPG) – Joint Photographic Experts Group

JPEGs might be the most common file type you run across on the web, and more than likely the kind of image that is in your company’s MS Word version of its letterhead. JPEGs are known for their “lossy” compression, meaning that the quality of the image decreases as the file size decreases.


You can use JPEGs for projects on the web, in Microsoft Office documents, or for projects that require printing at a high resolution. Paying attention to the resolution and file size with JPEGs is essential in order to produce a nice looking project.

PNG – Portable Network Graphics

PNGs are amazing for interactive documents such as web pages, but are not suitable for print. While PNGs are “lossless”, meaning you can edit them and not lose quality, they are still low resolution.


The reason PNGs are used in most web projects is that you can save your image with more colors on a transparent background. This makes for a much sharper, web-quality image.

GIF – Graphics Interchange Format

GIFs are most common in their animated form, which are all the rage on Tumblr pages and in banner ads. It seems like every other day we have a new Grumpy Cat or Honey Boo Boo animated GIF. In their more basic form, GIFs are formed from up to 256 colors in the RGB colorspace. Due to the limited number of colors, the file size is drastically reduced.


This is a common file type for web projects where an image needs to load very quickly, as opposed to one that needs to retain a higher level of quality.

TIF – Tagged Image File

A TIF is a large raster file that doesn’t lose quality; it is usually used when saving photographs for print. Don’t use this file on the web; it will take forever to load!


PSD – Photoshop Document

PSDs are files that are created and saved in Adobe Photoshop, the most popular graphics editing software ever! This type of file contains “layers” that make modifying the image much easier to handle. This is also the program that generates the raster file types mentioned above.


The largest disadvantage to PSDs is that Photoshop works with raster images as opposed to vector images.

PDF – Portable Document Format

PDFs were invented by Adobe with the goal of capturing and reviewing rich information from any application, on any computer, with anyone, anywhere. I’d say they have been pretty successful so far. If a designer saves your vector logo in PDF format, then you can view it without any design editing software (as long as you have downloaded the free Acrobat Reader software) and they have the ability to use this file to make further manipulations. This is by far the best universal tool for sharing graphics.


EPS – Encapsulated Postscript

EPS is a file in vector format that has been designed to produce high-resolution graphics for print. Almost any kind of design software can create an EPS. It is more of a universal file type (much like the PDF) that can be used to open vector-based artwork in any design editor, not just the more common Adobe products. This safeguards file transfers to designers that are not yet utilizing Adobe products, but may be using Corel Draw or Quark.


AI – Adobe Illustrator Document

AI is, by far, the image format most preferred by designers and the most reliable type of file format for using images in all types of projects from web to print, etc. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for creating artwork from scratch and therefore more than likely the program in which your logo was originally rendered. Illustrator produces vector artwork, the easiest type of file to manipulate. It can also create all of the aforementioned file types. Pretty cool stuff! It is by far the best tool in any designer’s arsenal.