And the winner is ...

DRUM ROLL! . . And here it is, the winner of our Crop competition is .... bluebell! Wow it was super tight - winning with 398 votes (against the 383 vote for raspberry) We are delighted! Now Lucy at @labougiecandles will be doing her magic to create an batch of bluebell Crop Candles EXCLUSIVE to Designist. We can.not.wait. Keep your eyes peeled- they are coming soon(ish)

 

 

We have been watching and listening and thinking a lot over these last 24/48 hours. Like many, we posted a blackout as a sign of solidarity yesterday. As an individual act this felt like the equivalent kneeling or raising a silent fist, in support behind those struggling across the water. Upon reflection, and having listened to some of those critiquing the blackout we decided to take down our blackout and instead share proactively. In our stories you will find a host of information on ways to help, and hear black voices speak for themselves. We know this is just a teeny start. But it is an important start to make

 

 

We have been thinking a lot about representation these last few days. Like, why is the default image in children’s books that of a white protagonist, why are there 5 gazillions versions of white Barbie dolls but only a handful of non white dolls, and why are ‘non white’ dolls and books often classed as specialised rather than normalised. For us, this post from @southbaymommyandme was really helpful to talk through white privilege with the little people in our lives. What I like about this is that, if you approach these issues early and head on, we can create a way forward for our kids that enable them to be in a world that is kinder, and lets hope, fairer.

 

 

Two very sound quotes from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that seem fitting today: . . . ‘Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become’ . . . ‘Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better’

 

 

Thank you for supporting local independent businesses like ours over these last few months. Designist is in the heart of Dublin City centre and everything is available online 24/7 We are are busy preparing the shop to be able to open it to the public, but in the meantime we are now offering free delivery for orders over €75, express delivery options AND, if you’re local, free collection from the shop. We will gift wrap for free, write any cards or messages you want included and post it directly to your loved ones for you. And if you let us know, we can even send them a little email to let them know a little treat is on the way. If you know anyone missing browsing the shops but not so into online shopping, why sign them up to one of our Skype personal shopping sessions? These digital face-to-face sessions take all the hassle out of online shopping. You talk to a real person, hear about new products, get personalised recommendations and you can even have a wee (virtual) browse around the shop. Lovely Designist - jammers full of remarkable Irish gifts, clever design and some of the funniest cards designed and made in Ireland.

 

 

How magic are these? Very. That’s the answer. Very very magic. I REALLY miss giving demonstrations on how these work to customers - they always wow. What exactly is magic about them? Well, you throw your money (notes) in, close over, open at the other side and tada! The wallet has magically (with science) organised your money for you, so it will never fall out again. They come with or without a coin purse depending on whether you like coins or not, they are slim and lovely. Really lovely. And have RFID protection

 

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.”

Don Norman