February 18, 2022 penhouse, stuff we like

Being a B!G iDEA Mentor

A Creative Programme to Think B!G Gillian will be a B!G Mentor this year again with The B!G iDEA – an award winning programme, run by Ireland’s top creatives, for TY students across Ireland. We’d encourage designers from all disciplines…read more »

August 10, 2019 inspiration, stuff we like

London Design Festival

London Design Festival is a foot so lots to enjoy if you’re heading for the city. ‘Please Be Seated’ is top of my list – a beautiful installation to be seen in Shoreditch London, one of the 11 ‘design districts’…read more »

April 3, 2019 stuff we like

HURL STANDZ – wall mounted stand to hold hurls & helmet

We are very proud to support our local young entrepreneurs, Noah, Simon and Marc, and their award winning product – HURL STANDZ. Designed and Made in Ratheniska, here in Laois by the three lads, this lightweight wall-mounted stand, is a…read more »

Häagen-Dazs rebrand

Photo: Design Week   Summer is here! We are all big fans of ice cream here at Penhouse so we were all delighted to see the refreshed rebrand of Häagen-Dazs. In a bid to appeal to a younger audience, the…read more »

I want a bunny suit

Have always liked Stefan Sagmeister (co-founder of design firm Sagmeister & Walsh) and here he is with a film on designing happiness. The Happy Film is a feature-length documentary in which he undergoes a series of self-experiments outlined by popular…read more »

Outstanding by Design – Food Branding & Packaging

Another great event being hosted on May 10th, 2014, by Keith Bohanna of Biabeag fame at Highbank Orchard, Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny. This workshop ‘Outstanding by Design’ will be a real treat for anyone in the food business, to learn from some great…read more »

Make a Christmas Angel from Penhouse

We’re wishing you a colourful and creative Christmas from the angels here at Penhouse! Download our origami angel template here, follow the simple instructions and make us up to sit in your tree, on your desk, or table centrepiece! Get…read more »

National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Laois

It’s around the corner now and a hive of activity here in the countryside. Lots of excitement locally as final preparations are in place here in Ratheniska to host the National Ploughing Championships yet again this year. Ploughers will compete…read more »

Kokeshi Matches

Don’t you just love these! It’s yet more cool stuff from Japan. Kokeshi: matches with faces, started as a product of pure creativity in 1994, as a part of a group exhibition. Kumi Hirasaka hand drew faces onto the heads…read more »

Coolest use of a QR Code – EVER!

Istanbul’s Berrge Studio needed a new tattoo artist for their studio  so they came up with this clever print ad. It’s a unique way to weed out serious potential employees from the ones who just think it’ll be a fun job….read more »

February 22, 2013 penhouse, stuff we like

Lily O’Brien’s and The Big Egg Hunt

Oh what fun we have had so far! Creating this egg for Lily O’Brien’s and now its on display in a secret location in Dublin for forty days and forty nights for the Big Egg Hunt. Its all to support…read more »

February 20, 2013 Foodie, just for fun, stuff we like

chocolate stamps

  As you may be aware we are fond of a box or two of chocolates here now & again. Imagine our surprise when we heard the latest in the chocolate news from Belgium. The Belgian postal service has launched…read more »

3D Printed Children’s Art

Scribbles stuck on the fridge door not enough? We recently came across a fab website called Crayon Creatures. Barcelona-based designer Bernat Cuni describes his new venture as  ‘a service to turn children’s drawings into figurines; nice looking designer objects to decorate the home and office…read more »

Olympic fun

Lots of Olympic Fun happening in London and beyond. We found this beauty and had to share! – View it here. Simple idea by Gillette in Germany and good fun. Sure doesn’t everyone love an opportunity to stand into the…read more »

October 14, 2011 Awards, stuff we like

Institute of Designers in Ireland – Design Awards 2011 – Highly commended!

We’re delighted we have just won a ‘highly commended’ award by the Institute of Designers Ireland 2011!! This is a prestigious Irish design industry award, judged by a panel of International jurors which this year included: Don Wilson John Jenkins…read more »

October 11, 2011 inspiration, packaging, stuff we like

Papernomad stylish cover for ipad

What a truly creative, personalised, earth-friendly cover for you ipad – we love

September 21, 2011 15, just for fun, penhouse, stuff we like

Culture Night 2011 in Laois

Crop Marks – The Ratheniska Project exhibition opened in full for Culture Night 2011 and will remain on display until October 21st in Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, in the upstairs ‘Drawing Room’ gallery. Thanks to the brilliant contributions by the…read more »

App…itising Cupcakes

App…itising cupcakes – Sweet

April 20, 2011 just for fun, stuff we like

The Chicks love Chocolate…

Its the ‘Chocolate’ time of year again and we all know it induces the ‘happy’ hormone, its cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment, so partake and enjoy. As we like to say here “If at first you…read more »

March 16, 2011 branding, stuff we like

Peru – simply beautiful

Really love this new identity for Peru, designed at FutureBrand. Its simple, modest, wild, vibrant, bold and beautifully captures the essence of the country. We particularly like designing identities linked with tourism or a sense of place and in our…read more »

Creatives + Cake = Sweet…

What a super idea…combine the talents of creatives and artists with some of UK’s most talented cake makers for a delicious exhibition!

Mail Me Art…

What a great idea for an interesting exhibition, no set brief, no theme, just decorate an envelope and post it. Found this on Creative Review, where they wrote about Curator Darren Di Lieto, who asked illustrators and artists to post…read more »

Levi’s bring it back to the people…

I found this piece on The Shortest Word which profiled exactly the sort of campaign I was looking for – it features the new brand campaign just launched by Levi’s in the States. It’s quite beautifully articulated and the sentiment…read more »

feast yourselves

What a simple and truly lovely idea! Meet your neighbours at your local street feast – a garden party, a street bash or pals in the park – bring your community together and have some fun in the process. We’re…read more »

colourful trees…

thanks to our junior designers, Noah and Simon, who took it upon themselves to decorate our drab winter tree trunks with colourful patterns in chalk. Don’t they look great? We have asked them to look at the orchard trees next…read more »

February 15, 2010 Awards, stuff we like

Make Believe – it can happen

We have been working with The Make Believers charity, since it started as an idea last year, creating their name and rolling out their brand identity. They have now been shortlisted for the AIB Better Ireland Awards for their incredible…read more »

January 27, 2010 stuff we like, typography

Beautiful signage

This signage design, found at the Surry Hills Library in Sydney Australia is just great. The design by Collider, seemlessly fuses with the architecture, integrating and moving with the building’s different materials, it is simply beautifully crafted. Love it.

January 22, 2010 just for fun, stuff we like

No time for games…

This is a little game, more advanced than patience… A lot less advanced than our wii but addictive and fun. Don’t know who to credit for it, but squire posted it and I love it, thanks mark! Click HERE to…read more »

December 21, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

Wishing you some Penhouse Happiness* this Christmas

*happiness is… peace and goodwill : positive thinking : a well deserved holiday : a fresh start : thierry henry switching to basketball : rugby heroes & grand slam wins : winning 2 awards in 2009! : making clients smile…read more »

Time for Tea, creatively…

Lovin’ these teabags… This year we produced some Penhouse Peppermint Tea. We think we packaged it nicely, some of you may even have sampled it, but these designs really take the biscuit. Produced by Royal Tea, they also come as…read more »

October 30, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

Happy (designer) Halloween…

Be creative with your pumpkin carving this Halloween, some great results from the artists with Anna Goodson Management, cast your vote for your favourites, lots to choose from, and have a very Happy Halloween Save

October 2, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

Can you have your cake and eat it?

So Friday is our ‘bake day’ and today it was Gill’s turn. Being all creative, Gill decided to attempt the Penhouse logo in a giant eclair! We reckon Gill can improve on this (check out the photo), so next week…read more »

September 25, 2009 Awards, packaging, stuff we like

we’ve just been shortlisted!

  We’re thrilled!!! Just announced  – Our packaging design for Rossmore Icecream has just been shortlisted for the Institute of Designers in Ireland Awards, 2009. We are so happy for Rebecca and Aubrey whose home business producing really delicious dairy…read more »

September 25, 2009 just for fun, stuff we like

sweet friday…

So every Friday is cake day here, and each of us takes a turn as the official ‘cake supplier’. These are Fiona’s buns, and they taste as good as they look! Next time you plan a visit, consider a Friday,…read more »

September 25, 2009 illustration, Logos, stuff we like

Make Believe…

Sometimes something really special comes along that we are just delighted to be involved with and the Make Believers is one of those such projects. Its a brand new charity which brings the real Santa to children in need.  We…read more »

June 24, 2009 Awards, Logos, stuff we like

and the winners are…

best of european design awards – the winners 2009

May 22, 2009 stuff we like, typography

free font: miso

This is a nice rounded typeface designed by Swedish designer Mårten Nettelbladt available for free over on his website: is a great site to keep up to date with developments in graphic and web design. It’s updated regularly with lots of helpful tips, interesting articles, links to great work and some freebies, like free fonts (below).

Great website for business card design inspiration. Below is one of the designs from the site, a wooden card designed for a gallery called Fifth Floor Gallery. Save

May 11, 2009 stuff we like, web design


So many things inspire us, but the brief we got for the ten project’s mega city hero was quite truly unique. The time zones between us all are diverse with therese in canberra, john in sau paulo and us in…read more »

January 9, 2009 stuff we like

European Design Awards

January 9, 2009 stuff we like

Good enough to eat

While working on Michelle O’Donnells new Glasshammer brochure I spotted this cool bowl. Just looking at it makes me hungry, I want to snap bits off and eat it! Glasshammer bowl

January 9, 2009 stuff we like

London Arts

Came across the London Arts new ID which i really like for its simplicity and ended up looking at the design company’s site…. some lovely work and smart idents too…  esp. in the arts sector