Aisling O’Reilly 

BA [Hons] Visual Communication Design

Hi I'm Aisling and I'm based in Dublin. The area of Graphic Design that I am most motivated by is user-interface and user-experience design (UI/UX). I love photography and typography. My projects focus on trying to solve problems in the world through extensive research and graphic design. Communication, organisation and collaboration are things that I naturally excel at. I have a strong work ethic and a positive mindset. In my spare time I am at Dollymount, Howth or St Anne's park walking my dog Sasha.

Polli

A new report by the U.N. predicts 2.5 billion more people will live in urban areas by 2050. It is especially important for people’s mental and physical health to spend time in nature, but young people today feel disconnected. Many Irish pollinators are threatened with extinction because we have reduced the amount of their food and safe homes.

My solution was to create Polli, an Irish organisation which encourages College and University students to get involved in creating pollinator friendly areas on their campuses. All Irish campuses will have areas dedicated for Polli where students can plant their native Irish Pollinator friendly seeds. Polli will be run by the Student Union and by the students. When you join Polli at your campus you will receive a free Polli Planting Kit designed to help you sow pollinator friendly seeds. When your seeds are sown you will receive a patch in the Polli planting area. The Polli microsite, explains the benefits of Polli and why you should join. Download the Polli app to learn about pollination and how to take the best care of your plants.


A Comparison of Anglo-Irish Relations in Mass Media During Home Rule Versus Brexit

This thesis compared Anglo-Irish relations in mass media during Home Rule versus Brexit. These two periods were chosen to compare because mass media had a very strong influence on both debates and Anglo-Irish relations. This thesis highlighted how during both debates media manipulation, nationalism, propaganda and stereotypes was widespread in mass media, which strongly influenced Anglo-Irish relations. Analysing mass media from both periods gives us an understanding into the way of thinking at the time and how Anglo-Irish relations were manipulated to suit the political classes’ agendas. This thesis was supported by visual evidence from the Weekly Freeman, the Irish Pilot, United Ireland, Punch, Twitter, the Sun, the Metro, the London Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Irish News, and The Times.