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John Fogarty Irish Designer
Visual Communicator - Designer - Photographer - Maker

Making shapes was started by John Fogarty in 2017. The function of the site is to create an online showcase of design work. John studied Graphic Design in BCFE and Visual Communications in NCAD, Dublin, Ireland.

Since graduating John works for Carve On who handcraft personalised leather accessories at their workshop in Co. Kildare. Here his focus is on Design as part of a team with projects ranging from product design, photography, branding and packaging.

With a love of print Making Shapes hopes to offer a range of prints in the not to distance future. These will range from letter press, lino and wood block, along with photographic prints. Please contact us if you want to know more.


Russell Mills,
Multimedia Artist

My experience of working with John was an absolute pleasure, even though we were working with each other from a distance, which could’ve been problematic. I found him to be focused, dedicated and totally engaged with the ideas, and he was very open to the potential offered by the collaborative process. In the search for a contextually appropriate and visually arresting solution he was not afraid to experiment and thereby possibly fail. Thankfully he didn’t fail, on the contrary his work was exemplary, beyond my expectations. I would thoroughly recommend to any possible future employers.

Tom Meenaghan,
Tom Meenaghan & Associates

John Fogerty worked with us on a number of projects in 2016. We found John to be very creative in his approach to problem solving, excellent in presenting his design ideas, flexible given the changing demands of our business and a very enthusiastic team player. I would highly recommending John as a creative asset and know his attention to detail and knowledge will be of benefit to any prospective employer.

Anne-Marie Miller PhD,
Interdisciplinary Scientific Coordinator Dementia and Neurodegeneration Network Ireland
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Working with John Fogarty Graphics has been a pleasure. I engaged John’s professional services on two occasions and John has always been a pleasure to work every time; his natural eye for detail, creativity and skill mean that he is capable of interpreting professional needs as well as being creative in problem resolution, he has always responded constructively to feedback. John takes the time to understand his clients’ needs, he is extremely focused on the creative process and works quickly and efficiently to present his client with several project options. I would highly recommend John for any graphic design work and would be more than happy to work with him again in the future.

Sam Russell,
Head of Product Design,

I commissioned John Fogarty to design and develop a logo/brand and promotional material for a recent interdisciplinary research workshop that took place in Trinity College Dublin. John delivered a wide range of concepts that successfully responded to our project brief and provided us with a compelling brand for future online and print promotion. This project was delivered with a tight timeline and John remained professional and dedicated throughout. I would have no hesitation working with him again.

Dr Armida de la Garza,
Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities College of Arts,
Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Director of International Strategy, Chair,
China Working Group,
University College Cork

John Fogarty has designed posters for academic projects for me three times already. Each time I have found him not only a conscientious and reliable person, but also very imaginative and capable to synthesise complex ideas and abundant information into striking and powerful images. His designs were very successful. I would fully recommend him.