12/05/2013

A Child of the (Design) Revolution

Every once in awhile it’s nice to take a look at a designer and see how he got his start. What inspired him? What influences his work? In this post, we feature a short essay from Lippincott’s Brend├ín Murphy, a creative who has been having an impact on the design revolution based on his experiences with another, more dire revolution. Here’s what influences Murphy’s work:


I’m a child of the revolution. Not the sexual revolution—far from it. I was born and raised a catholic in Dublin, Ireland, and sex of any form out of wedlock, by thought or deed, meant eternal fire and brimstone. No, my revolution was the Irish troubles.

One of my earliest memories of school is being sent home early because of a bomb scare. They were always hoaxes by older kids whom I guessed wanted the day off school. We were all thankful. But there were other warnings, in the city center, that weren’t. And later, the black mourning flags in every window for Bobby Sands and the hunger strikers.

My dad, a taxi diver would bring me up north with him when he got a job going that way. It was a prized job, earning a week’s wage in one day. I was both his companion and passport. The Irish, while passionate fighters and dreamers, weren’t know for their suicidal tendencies. And, while taxis were considered dangerous, being used to transport arms and for car bombs, they were rendered harmless with a child aboard. I can still remember looking at the scared eyes of the British soldiers at the border checkpoints. Not much older than myself, and in a foreign country, they stood there with pointed guns....more at HOW