June’s theme is Craft, and ahead of our event on 29th June, our resident blogger, Specky Scribbler, met with our speaker, Gerry Scullion, to have lunch and pick his brains.

Gerry Scullion is only recently back in Dublin. He’s been back just over 2 months, after spending 12 years in Australia. He set up Humana Design down under, where he offered his human-centred design services to everyone and anyone who wanted them.

I’ll admit that when I heard that Gerry was a ‘human-centred designer’, I thought he coded things for humans. Like artificial intelligence or robots, or something like that. I guess human-centred design could include these things, but it also is a lot more.

When I spoke to Gerry, I had ideas in mind about what I’d ask him. How he came to be a human-centred designer, how he found CreativeMornings, what he thought about the creative community in Dublin. I basically asked him one or two questions and the rest of the time we talked about design, society and what we do.

Human-centred design is design that has people as its focus. Gerry said that being in a cafe was the perfect example of human-focused design. The services offered in a cafe are designed with people in mind, because people need to know how to react and interact with the different aspects of the cafe. That’s what he does. He works everyone involved projects to design a service for people in the way they need it.

This is human-centred design. It’s taking into account how every single human being interacts with the things that are around them. It’s the consideration of the complexities of human perspective into problem-solving.

The other thing I wanted to know, was what Gerry thought of the creative scene in Dublin at present, having left years ago.

He said that he would not have come back to the same Ireland he left, because he wouldn’t want to. He came back to Ireland because he saw potential in it, to become something great. He has been to design conferences here in recent years and he believes that design thinking in Ireland is onto something new.

Given that he’s only been living here for around 8 weeks, he hasn’t fully immersed himself into the creative sphere in Dublin. CreativeMornings is a good start, and his talk is sure to be a good one!