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Graphic Mint

Graphic Mint are a user experience design and innovation agency based in Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2. We are experts in all aspect of digital product design and testing, and recently opened dedicated usability testing labs in our city centre studio.

The agency has been in operation in Ireland since 2007 and is run by Director of UX, Séamus Byrne and Director of Digital Strategy, Julian Becerra. This core team originally founded Graphic Mint in San Francisco, 2004 and have utilised the underlying principles of user experience design for 20 years. Séamus and Julian founded the IxDA Dublin branch back in 2008 with Ben Arent. They were also instrumental in bringing Interaction12 to Dublin, it's first outing to Europe.

We have applied our work to scores of industries, from financial services software to education and government. From user experience to service design, Graphic Mint's collaborative team are always creating meaningful experiences between people, processes and technology. To become a fresh face at Graphic Mint, check out our current job opportunities today.


Founded in 1998, Frontend is an international based User Experience and Interface Design consultancy. We provide a range of User Centred Design Services (including user research, user modeling, task analysis, design, and user testing) for websites, software applications, mobile applications, consumer products, digital devices and print.

Frontend was founded by a core group of experienced interface and graphic designers; our mission was to develop a new approach to design problem solving, focused around end-user or customer experiences. Since then we have expanded our skill-base to include usability, accessibility, cognitive psychology and software development. We have built a creative team with a broad range of skills including problem solving, project management and strategic thinking.

Frontend have developed an impressive international blue chip client-base including AIB, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, BBC, BridgeCo, Diageo, D-Link, HP, Microsoft, Rabobank, O2, Reuters, Revenue, Unilever and Vodafone. Our extensive experience across industries and geographical markets can be seen in samples of Our Work.

UX Training

UX Training is a specialist provider of user experience training. Owner and founder Colman Walsh has worked in user experience design for over 14 years. An alumnus of two world-class UX agencies - Sapient and iQ Content - he has worked with blue-chip clients in San Francisco, New York, London, Brussels and Dublin. His expertise runs across the entire UX spectrum: research, strategy, design and testing. A fun and engaging presenter, Colman is an accomplished trainer, facilitator and workshop moderator.


Drop is the innovative kitchen recipe app and wireless smart kitchen scale that gives anyone the confidence they need for precise and seamless cooking. Access hundreds of free, interactive expert recipes listed on the app – from sweet and savory dishes to juices and cocktails. Just follow simple step-by-step instructions and learn new techniques along the way.

The scale will automatically weigh each ingredient as it's poured, alerting users once they’ve reached the right amount. Drop can rescale recipes if there isn’t enough of an ingredient readily available, or if users need fewer servings. Drop was founded in 2012 Dublin, Ireland and is based in San Francisco and Dublin. The Drop kitchen scale is available for purchase in all Apple and Target stores, and online on Amazon.com.


Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd. (MTT) specialises in sophisticated mobile apps, mobile web and mobile technology products for airlines, travel management companies, OTAs and hotels so that they can provide their customers with the ability to manage all aspects of both personal and business travel via smartphones and tablets.


Swrve is the world's leading mobile marketing automation platform, pioneering the fast-growing mobile engagement marketing space. Founded in Dublin in 2010 by Hugh Reynolds and Steven Collins, the company is now headquartered in San Francisco, with the Product and Engineering teams still based in Dublin.

Jameson Whiskey

Founded in 1780, Jameson is Triple Distilled, Twice as Smooth and is the number 1 selling Irish whiskey in the world today.

Organised by IxDA Dublin members and volunteers.

Video recording and photography by Long Lost Designs


7pm, Mon November 23rd


The Sugar Club


12 Speakers

How Long?

Each Speaker has 20 Slides, and 15 secounds a slide.
(5 Min per Speaker)


Free (Thanks to sponsors)


This event is not ticketed. First come first served. Show up early.

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