If The Bus Is Shocking


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From top: Chef Kevin Thorton and a bus wrap displaying a design that includes Tea Stained Quails Egg with Caviar – his signature dish; a bus covered in a design by Maser; and a bus covered with an Orla Kiely original print


Tara Walsh writes:

“Expressway and Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) have collaborated with celebrated Irish designers to create six unique bus wraps, three of which are already talking points on coaches servicing Expressway inter-city routes.”

These have been designed by top Irish talents – including Orla Kiely, Kevin Thornton and Maser – to mark Expressway’s support as official transport partner for ID2015, the year-long Government-backed initiative promoting and celebrating Irish design in Ireland and internationally.”

“The concept was developed by Laura Magahy, Executive Chair of ID2015, with the aim of demonstrating the breadth of internationally acclaimed Irish designers in every field.”

“Chef and food designer, Kevin Thornton’s coach, rolled into service last month, while celebrated fashion, homewares and accessories designer Orla Kiely’s coach, ferried the crowds during a busy Race Week in Galway. Graphic artist Maser’s design can currently be seen on the Cork to Dublin route.

Landscape and garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, Samuel Beckett Bridge architects Roughan & O’Donovan, and Oscar-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films, will provide designs for the next three bus wraps in the coming weeks.”

Irish Design 2015

26 thoughts on “If The Bus Is Shocking

    1. Parky Mark

      Well then you’ll totally love Maser’s “They are us” line of work. He started painting them shortly after Steve ‘Espo’ Powers left Ireland having completed his Fulbright scholarship and creating a lot of his signiture murals in Dublin. But hey, point that out to Maser and you’re just a hater.

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Smashing idea.
    I will most certainly donate my avatar for a bus, thank you Irish Design for the kind invitation.

  2. Mr. T.

    I really like this idea and will always support the promotion of design in Ireland.

    But bang of same old faces syndrome off this. Very lazy. We to promote designers who need it, not ones who’ve already made it.

    1. Mt

      Yeah I’m a big fan of ID2015 and all they’re doing, but I agree the same faces keep getting trotted out over and over again. They shouldn’t be afraid to dip outside the NCAD network.

  3. Clampers Outside!

    The chef one is just bland and boring. I’d go so far as to say that the image as it looks there is not suitable as a bus wrap. It’d pass you and you wouldn’t notice.

    The other two though…. The other two while not particularly inventive either of them, but they’re nice and colourful and bright and will stand out, in a good way, on any streetscape. Fair play !

  4. bisted

    …the concept is brilliant and the look forward to those to come – especially Roughan & O’Donovan…but Kevin Thornton? Caviar on a boiled egg? Masterly chef skills there alright.

  5. Zarathustra

    They look lovely from the outside, but when buses are completely wrapped like that you can’t see clearly through the windows, especially when sitting beside them; headache stuff when on a long journey.

  6. classter

    Roughan O’Donovan are engineers not architects.

    Engineers usually (though not always) lead bridge design.

    Who is Tara Walsh & why does she not know the basics of her brief?

  7. ProvingGround

    Orla Kiely has been based in the UK for 20 years.

    She’s about as Irish as St Paddy’s Day!

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Did she really just design those flowers and sold it to, like, everybody???

      I am in ze wrong bizzness entirely…..

    2. Dόn Pídgéόní

      Well then, someone should tell all those people claiming her as a great Irish fashion designer that you don’t approve.

    1. Parky Mark

      Yeah, and Calatrava does every single bit of the work by himself, no one else involved at all.

      1. bisted

        …Roughan O’Donovan designed the Boyne Bridge…no architects…just exquisite engineering.

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