Who we are…


David Caron, BSc, MSc, PhD, MIDI
Lecturer, Visual Communication

After receiving a first class honours degree from the National College of Art and Design in 1982, David Caron pursued a Masters Degree in Communications Design at Pratt Institute, New York. Following a period working as an assistant art director in New York he returned to Ireland to take up a lecturing position at Waterford Regional Technical College (now WIT). He subsequently taught for five years at Limerick School of Art and Design before joining the lecturing staff of NCAD’s Department of Visual Communication. In addition to graphic design he also has an interest in design history and in 1991 graduated with a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin (topic: “Michael Healy and An Tur Gloine Stained Glass Studio).

David Caron has contributed essays on graphic design to books and journals such as “Who’s Who in Graphic Design” and “Chinese Package Design’. He jointly compiled “The Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass” and has contributed several articles on stained glass to “The Irish Arts Review”.

David Caron has a particular interest in letterpress printing and has produced limited edition prints utlising NCAD’s unique collection of 19th and 20th century wooden and metal type.


Bob Gray, BDes, ANCAD
Associate Lecturer, Department of Visual Communication

Bob Gray graduated from the NCAD with a BDes first class honours in Visual Communication in 1998. From 1998 to 2001 he worked for Design Factory in Dublin before moving to G2K in Amsterdam where he worked until 2003. On returning to Ireland Bob set up the company Red&Grey Design with fellow NCAD graduates Richard Weld-Moore and Keith McGuinness. Red&Grey Design are a graphic design company that offer a wide range of creative design services including visual identity, interactive design, environmental design, packaging & advertising. Bob has worked with a wide variety of clients including The Dublin International Film Festival, the KNVB (Dutch Football Association), Artis (Amsterdam Zoo), the Irish Arts Centre (New York), Limerick Institute of Technology and the NCAD.

Bob has been actively involved in the ICAD (the Institute for Creative Advertising and Design) since 1998. Bob has been a judge at the Art Directors Club of Europe Design Awards and the ISTD student typographic awards and the ICAD awards. Bob has won a number of Irish design awards and has also been nominated for the Best Annual Report Design Prize when living in the Netherlands.

Bob has been an associate lecturer in the National College of Art and Design since 2004 working with both graduate and post graduate students. Bob is a founder member of the DRG

Margaret Lonergan, BDes, MA, ANCAD
Department Head, Visual Communication

Margaret Lonergan graduated from NCAD with a BDes in Visual Communication in 1989. In 1998, she completed an MA in Design, specialising in illustration and book design.

Since 1989 she has maintained a freelance design consultancy and illustration practice. Her work has been published regularly in the national press (most frequently in The Irish Times), and she shared in a Society of Newspaper Design Award for Excellence for illustration work with The Sunday Tribune. She worked as designer-in-residence with Wet Paint Arts for four years, during which time she collaborated with other art form practitioners to design and deliver a range of community and context-based workshops in visual communication. These took place at NUI Maynooth, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in City Arts Centre, and with a number of individual communities and organisations.

Margaret worked as a lecturer in graphic design in the Faculty of Education, NCAD from 1991 to 2003, where she also taught workshops in digital image making to HDipADEd students and to BA Degree students specialising in other disciplines, as well as supervising students at MA level. She was a member of the Faculty team that developed the HDip in Community Arts Education course.

In 2003. she completed the first year of a PhD in Design: The Garden of Intelligence – a visual research project at Dublin Zoo. Through practice and theory, this research investigates ways in which the language elements of visual communication might be used to evoke the perceptual experience of encountering animals in a zoo environment, and explores the development of visual language tools that could begin to re-shape the nature of these encounters.

She is currentlyundertaking research into practice-based postgraduate study in design, funded under the HEA Teaching and Learning Initiatives. Other areas of interest include: the development of collaborative design processes and design-led projects; and the relationship between the application of digital media and typography in visual communication and in the fine art disciplines. Her design work for theatre companies is listed on the Irish Playography web archive.

Anna Moran, BA(NUI), MA(RCA)
Lecturer, History of Art and Design

Anna Moran graduated in 1998 with a BA(Hons) degree in History of Art and Archaeology from University College Dublin. In 2002, she graduated from the Masters course in the History of Design and Material Culture run jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her MA thesis focused on the production and consumption of nineteenth century Waterford glass and she has presented a number of conference papers on this subject. Recent publications include articles in the Journal of the Irish Georgian Society and the Journal of the International Association for the History of Glass.

Sorcha O’Brien, BDes ANCAD, MA(Middlesex), MIDI
Lecturer, History of Design

Sorcha O’Brien is a graduate of the Industrial Design course in NCAD and of the History of Design MA in Middlesex University. With several years experience as a designer and in design training, she now teaches in Visual Culture, specialising in the history of industrial design and technology.

Her research interests include the history of technology, national identity and modernity, as well as eighteenth century Dublin. She is currently researching a PhD thesis at the University of Brighton on the representation of electrical technology in the Irish Free State, centring around the images of the Shannon Scheme hydro-electric power station at Ardnacrusha. She holds a doctoral research studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

She has had her work published in one of the first editions of Thought Lines and in Circa and Room magazines.

She is also a member of the Design Research Group.

Dr. Ciarán Swan
Lecturer, History of Design

Ciarán Swan graduated from NCAD with a BDes in Visual Communication in 1990. In 1992 he completed a post-graduate Diploma in Arts Administration in UCD and in 1998 he completed an MA in Design History, specialising in the imagery of Irish political parties between 1977 and 1997. In 2005 he completed a PhD in Design History relating to the imagery of the state and semi-state organisations in Ireland, North and South from 1920.

Since 1990 he has worked in London as a magazine designer, as a freelance designer in Dublin for a range of corporate and arts sector clients and as Communications Manager for a group of international companies. He has taught on adult education courses in the VEC, as studio tutor in Visual Communications in the NCAD and continues to work with that Department. He currently works directly in the area of political design and identity in Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament.

He also lectures in Design History, visual and material culture in the NCAD and on the Design History MA Course. He is an External Examiner at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and is a former External Examiner at Athlone Institute of Technology. He has delivered papers based on his research into political and national identity to amongst others the Political Studies Association of Ireland, the Irish Association of Art Historians, the Design History Society and various historical groups. He will be delivering a paper at the University of London as part of its Irish Studies Seminar series this Spring. He has also published his research in a number of magazines and newspapers including CIRCA magazine.

He retains a strong interest in corporate identity, project management and communications and is one of a number of Directors of an Irish archaeological consultancy company.

He is a member of the Curatorial Committee of the National Print Museum at Beggars Bush Barracks.

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