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DesignOpp Creative Creatures

Wednesday, August 17th 2022 5-6pm
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Subsidised governement funded rate: €15
Members (IDI, ICAD, IAPI, 100 Archive): FREE. All Design Summer Sessions are complimentary as part of your membership, events except the No Not Like That lettering workshop

DesignOpp creative creatures

Enjoy short ‘creativity in colour’ talks from the DesignOpp. DesignOpp members Grace Enemaku, Ashwin Chacko & Holly Pereira on Diversity in Design and their creative journeys.


Grace Enemaku, Multidisciplinary Designer and Illustrator and Co-founder of DesignOpp, speaks on why they founded DesignOpp and why more POC representation in the industry is essential. Illustrator and Author, Ashwin Chacko and Illustrator and Muralist Holly Pereira will each take you through their journey as creatives and how who they are and where they came from has influenced their creative career.

About the speakers

Grace Enemaku 

Grace Enemaku

Grace Enemaku is an award-winning, Nigerian-Irish multidisciplinary designer and illustrator from Dublin, who creates branding and illustration for the unconventional. Her work is filled with colour and playful shapes, featuring a diverse array of characters. Her projects vary from conceptual branding for startups and SMEs to print and illustration for the local arts, like The Science Gallery and Hen’s Teeth. In 2021 she co-founded DesignOpp, an IDI initiative to champion diversity for people of colour in Irish design and creative industries.

She won a 100 Archive Award in 2020 for her Dublin Vinyl record packaging and has exhibited with Hen’s Teeth, Music, Memory and the Night and Where Are The Black Designers. Select clients include Arnotts, Facebook, AIB, The Science Gallery and Gill Books.

Follow Grace on Tiktok, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

Ashwin Chacko

Ashwin Chacko

Ashwin Chacko is a seriously playful connector, bringing people together through positive storytelling with Illustration & Design.
Championing creativity to shape culture through Talks, Books, Videos and Workshops. Ashwin Chacko is a storyteller and motivational speaker based in Dublin.

Ashwin specialises in positive visual storytelling. He helps companies connect with their audience through illustrations and design.
He is interested in uncovering the social interactions that drive culture. He seeks to capture these moments in bold lines and shapes, his compositions focus on a strong use of characters inter-mingled with typography and patterns.
He likes to describe his work as positively playful.

Select clients include Facebook, Adobe, Nike, Dublin City Council, United Nations and more.

You can find his work on
Or follow him on social media on Instagram, Linkedin and Twitter

Holly Pereira

Holly Pereira

Holly Pereira is an Irish-Singaporean illustrator and muralist based in Dublin, Ireland.
Her practice draws from many disciplines, including mural painting, illustration, animation and lettering design.
Her work is colourful, fun and bold. Her hand-painted murals often take reference from folk art, and she creates bright and exuberant environments in which we are invited to explore. Through her work, she seeks to investigate the experience of the public space through colour, light and design.

Her lively work also celebrates her love of typography and language, eking meaning out of imagery, and imagery out of meaning.
Holly has worked on a large range of projects, from digital illustration for national advertising campaigns to four-storey, hand-painted murals. She brings a fresh and unique creative approach to each project she undertakes.

Follow Holly on Tiktok, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.


DesignOpp Creative Creatures is part of our Design Summer Sessions programme Creative Connect Sessions. Book your ticket now or browse through the rest of the programme.

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