Tuesday, May 19, 2009

IADT hypocrisy

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, which trains people for careers in, well, art, design and technology, but more particularly in the provision of design and print services recently tendered for - you guessed it - "Provision of Design and Print Services".

IADT chose to go through etenders, not something they had to do. They could just have got three quotes for the job. If they had divided the total value of the contract - €162,351.00 - then they could have stayed below the EU threshold, but instead they decided to combine it all as one big contract.

The upshot of all this is that a publicly funded Irish educational establishment committed to educating and training people for the Irish design and printing industries has awarded a contract of €162,351.00 to Phoenix Design Aid of Marsvej, Denmark - this at a time when people are being made redundant in those industries in Ireland.

Nice way to set an example and support your own graduates.

UPDATE: This post prompted what appears to be a genuine response from IADT. You can read it, and my comments on it, here.

1 comment:

IADT said...

IADT, as a public service organisation, must tender at EU level for any contracts with a value in excess of Euro 50k and uses the Government eTenders portal for that purpose. On this occasion, IADT was seeking a package of services, including design, print management, volume printing and delivery and was looking for the best solution overall as well as a competitive price. The contract was for services over the next three years. The details of the tender and of the criteria for selection can be viewed at:


More than 49 bidders expressed an interest and following a rigorous shortlisting and evaluation process, a preferred bidder emerged.

That a Danish company would come out on top reflects the quality of their overall proposal and is not a comment on the standard and quality of design available in Ireland. Many quality Irish design companies compete for business internationally and they can boast some success. IADT also works with Irish design companies, some employers of our own graduates. However, for all jobs, big and small, we must seek quotations and must obtain both quality and value for money.

IADT offers a BA degree in Visual Communications that benchmarks very well internationally. We prepare our graduates for employment at home and internationally - and they do very well. We have no fear of putting ourselves out on the international stage as a college and we have developed links with first class colleges in a number of European countries. Design Communications is an international business.

When we appoint the design/print contract, we will require the company to engage with staff, students and graduates to ensure that our print and other communications are clear and engaging and that we in turn can benefit from the experience of working with them.