“This cover is based on all those unfortunate times my iPod has died or one earphone has stopped working on the bus home. I usually get caught with the school run, so this is a collection of different conversations/words talking over each other that I’ve wrote down on the bus in last few weeks.”
“This cover was designed specially for The Food Issue. The idea behind it was to create a dream I had when I was unfortunate enough to contract Swine Flu three years ago. I could see food ﬂoating around my bedroom and I was convinced my legs were chicken drumsticks and that I was in The White House. It was a good time.”
This cover is from a personal project I have been working on called “Schadenfreude” which is a German word for a feeling of joy derived from the misfortunes of others. A feeling I think everybody is guilty of at some point in some small way. I like it because it is evil at its most pointless.
The second Le Cool Dublin 2014 covers competition winner.
Laurence O’Byrne came up with this concept – referencing the Anthony Burgess novel A Clockwork Orange. It was a great idea – and simply just about creating a piece with a visually interesting aesthetic.
We are drawing on nostalgia here – that childhood urge to grab a crayon and, tongue stuck out to one side, start to furiously scribble in all the blanks! We used lines, shapes and colours that counter the style of the ['le cool'] logo and we feel the result is satisfying.
“I reckon there’s a unique syndrome known as De Dublin Wit. You see it all over town in various forms, and not just in some clever arty way. This cover is an homage to a shop in Finglas that sadly, like so many other sole trader Newsagents, doesn’t exist anymore…”
“Some might say the internet brought us into the 21st Century, but in a visual sense for Dublin, it was the Luas. Shiny and efficient, we suddenly lived in a city as deadly as Helsinki or Berlin. Now we’re coming out of a pretty rough recession it’s time to get things going again. Hopefully these escalators to nowhere (obscure Simpsons ref) will become rejuvenated and start moving again, like the rest of the City. Cos we still have our cool shiny trams.”
To usher in the New Year, we visited Dublin’s latest workout joint, Form School, and spoke to founders Gordon D’Arcy [above] and Aoife Cogan about their new venture, before enlisting Le Cool’s resident fitness guru Paul Walsh to put it to the test.