a bit about David
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Graphic Designer and Creative Director. I've always been creative and obsessed with how the things we see and use every day are made. Design perfectly combined my fascination with typography, my love of problem solving and my obsession with all things tech. I spent my school days sitting at the back doodling on notebooks and now I spend my days doodling on Macs. Professional doodles :)
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I worked in a 1 hour photo shop and my job was to edit/restore photos for customers. The owner was a total con man and he'd make me massively over complicate how long it would take to do simple work so he could overcharge customers. The most I'd ever have to do was crop a photo or use auto correct ( which takes 2 minutes) he'd then charge for 3 hours. The more I objected to ripping people off the less hours I got. When he wasn't around I'd do it for free or just teach people to do it on their phones. Just because someone isn't technically minded doesn't mean you can take advantage. So I always hated that place.
Were you born and raised in Dublin? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Dublin?
Dublin born and raised. Always considered leaving but there's no place like home.
What’s your current hood in Dublin and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Northside. Best thing: the people! Worst thing: the number of Christmas lights on your house seems to be in direct correlation with your level of wealth on the northside.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I'll listen to absolutely anything, mostly alternative or indie stuff but as long as an artist is passionate about what they are creating, I'll get into it. I think thats more captivating than anything. Hate anything generic, feels like most popular music now is just copy and paste meh. If you are trying to hard to be an ear worm, I'll hate it more than an itch I can't scratch.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps. Arctic Monkeys - No Buses. Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip - You Will See Me. Tame Impala - Less I Know The Better. Damien Rice - Cheers Darlin. Glen Hansard - Say It To Me Now. RHYE - The Fall. Chance The Rapper - Same Drugs. The National - Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks. Spanish Sahara - Foals. The Beatles - Yesterday. Crown of Love - Arcade Fire. Noel Gallagher - If I Had A Gun. Kings of Leon - Milk.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Flight of the Conchords, never fails to make me laugh. Father Ted/IT Crowd/Black Books and anything else the genius that is Graham Linehan creates. Breaking Bad, I don't think anyone needs to explain that one. Game of Thrones, only got into this in season 3, I was totally lost on its popularity until I gave a few episodes of Season 1 a shot. 2 weeks later I was running around the actual Winterfell with a plastic sword on a Game of Thrones tour. Ultimate GOT nerd. Bobs Burgers, can't ever get enough of Bobs "Burger of the Day" My favourite being "The don't you four cheddar bout me burger." Parks and Recreation because Ron Swanson, is a hero!
Name some spots in Dublin that are good for a Tinder date.
I've never been on Tinder so I've no idea. I'd say somewhere different maybe. A picnic on Howth head or a movie at the Lighthouse cinema.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
The obvious one is Trump but I think every day of his life is a roast at this stage. I'm going to say Piers Morgan. Does anyone actually like Piers? Like Really?
Who’s your hero and where in Dublin would you take them out for a serious hang?
Elon Musk for his genius or Casey Neistat for his work ethic. I'd take them both to shoot the breeze over some good Guinness in the Long Haul.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Indigo & Cloth, Tamp & Stitch or 9 Crows all in Temple Bar.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Copper Face Jacks.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I've always wanted to do one of those cliche tourist tour buses. I've done them in almost every other city but my own.
Where do you go in Dublin for a casual night out?
Workmans or Whelans never fail for a night out. Dj's are always good and the atmosphere and crowd are always top notch.
Where would you go in Dublin to celebrate some freaking good news?
It's a very Irish answer, but to my Grannies house! They're the ones that will really want to celebrate with you. If she's not at home and at Mass or something. I'd head to The Palace Bar, grab a snug and have an old fashioned.
What’s your choice of transportation in Dublin and why?
Dublin isn't a huge city. If I'm not pushed for time, I'll always walk. There's so much to see, you'll soak up different atmospheres depending on the time of day and you are almost 100% guaranteed to bump into someone you know, which is one of the best things about Dublin. 6 degrees, no, there's about 2 degrees of separation with people here, which is great.
What are the Dublin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Guinness Storehouse and the Gravity Bar. Incredible views of Dublin in the Gravity Bar and a really excellent history of Guinness advertising in the Storehouse.
What are the Dublin spots tourists should run from screaming?
Temple Bar Pubs. Unless you enjoy paying twice the average price for a pint just avoid them. After 11 the prices go up too so be warned. You'll get the same atmosphere anywhere in Dublin. The Leprechaun Museum, it's about as interesting as you'd imagine a Potato Museum would be. Actually a Potato Museum would be more interesting but unfortunately we don't have that.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Dublin. How do you spend it?
A bag of chips in Caffè Caira and a walk down Howth Pier with my camera.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Marrakech, the most beautifully overwhelming place I've ever seen. Every street is a photographers dream.