Bren Byrne, Creative Director & Founder, OFFSET
In addition to his work as an illustrator and designer, Bren Byrne is OFFSET’s creative director and co-founder. OFFSET is an annual Irish design event that gives the world’s leading creatives from Ireland and abroad a platform to discuss their approaches to everything from goliath global campaigns to personal creative endeavours.
The idea for OFFSET came from a desire to literally offset the negativity in Ireland during a period when the country’s economic problems were at their worst. Instead of focusing on the gloom, Bren saw an opportunity to talk about the work he and his co-founders loved and elevate Irish creatives doing interesting things. Now, with more than 2,500 attendees stomping the halls of Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, over the course of three hectic days and nights, the event has become a major lynchpin of the Irish creative calendar.
Since 2009, Bren has helped bring creative dynamos such as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Shepard Fairey, Tomi Ungerer and George Lois to OFFSET audiences.