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A Noteworthy Design - The story of the design of the new Ulster Bank £5 and £10 Polymer notes

  • Baltic Bullitt Hotel 40a Church Lane Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 4QN United Kingdom (map)
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The story of the design of the new Ulster Bank £5 and £10 Polymer notes. Featuring an introduction from Ulster Bank on the brief, followed by an overview of the service design element of the project by Jeni Lennox, Project Manager from Nile HQ. Then Colin McCadden, Independent Design Consultant and Lisa Smyth from Shesaid will discuss their roles as Creative Directors responsible for representing the voice of Northern Ireland on the notes.

The event will then end with an open panel discussion with Jeni, Colin and Lisa along with some of the artists and young designers involved with the project.

About Jeni Lennox

With a wealth of experience in user centric research and design, Jeni delivers customer research, product and service design expertise to clients across a range of sectors; retail, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, 3rd and public sector. 

Her folio includes footwear for Clarks, Lawnmowers for Flymo, Hairbrushes for Trevor Sorbie,  community public art (she plasters faces) and service design for dementia that involves dogs and tin openers.

Jeni also worked with the GSA Institute for Design Innovation, operating at the leading edge of innovation development with businesses and organisations across Scotland. Here she gained experience in ski lifts and fabric drains, 3 D glass weaving and how to convince sceptics of the value of community visualising with customer journeys created on public walls.

Her strength is developing effective design-driven insights from a commercial perspective and managing teams of creatives (herding cats) Her skill is the strategic use of design activity to deliver the maximum impact for clients and stakeholders, from initial customer engagements to post-launch evaluation. Most importantly she collects creative pals along the way who she then persuades to help her run ridiculous projects, you have been warned!

About Colin McCadden

Educated at Methodist College Belfast and then what was the Belfast College of Art and Design, Colin worked in various aspects of design, print and exhibition design before becoming a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art &Design, Ulster Polytechnic.

Having loved teaching, but becoming frustrated with academic meetings, he left to establish the Graphic Design department of Building Design Partnership, a multi-disciplinary organisation employing architects, interior designers, landscape architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and town planners.

After three years Colin felt that he needed a new challenge.

McCadden Design was established in 1983 and over the following years secured a wealth of clients including Laganside Corporation a non-departmental public body formed with the goal of regenerating large sections of Belfast adjacent to the River Lagan. He was convinced that knowledge gained from his former times working with town planners helped to secure the contract.

Having to tender every three years, McCadden Design managed to retain the Laganside account until it’s completion in 2006.

In the same year, after a planned period covering four years, Colin engineered a Management Buy Out, selling the business to three loyal employees who had been with him for a collective 41 years!

Travelling around Ireland with friend and National Geographic photographer Chris Hill over the following three years culminated in the production of four coffee table books featuring Chris’s pictures with supporting text written by Colin.

Still working, designing and consulting, Colin was delighted to have been chosen by Jeni Lennox to be involved with the Ulster Bank notes project.

About Lisa Smyth

Lisa Smyth is a creative design consultant and business owner with a 1st class honours degree and almost 20 years of professional experience in the field of graphic design and branding design. Lisa previously worked for large design and advertising agencies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and London. 

Previous to shesaid Lisa Smyth has been a sole trader at for the past ten years. Lisa works with business and organisations who like to build a relationship with a dedicated designer to turn their business goals into reality. Mrs Smyth’s aim is to assist the growth and success of a clients business through great design. 

Lisa has been providing design and branding services to a diverse range of clients across the Voluntary and Private Sector. Lisa has collaborated with other design agencies working on branding projects for Channel 4 and Discovery Channel. 

In 2017 Lisa was part of the core design team in the redesign of the new polymer Ulster Bank notes. Working for service design agency Nile (Edinburgh) and branding agency O Street, Lisa worked as part of the design team in accumulating insight and developing networks of Northern Ireland expertise. Lisa was also integral to the creative direction from the concept phase through to sign off. 

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