Bureau Bonanza

Bureau Bonanza is the Dublin based design studio of Rachel Copley McQuillan and Stina Sandström. Specialising in many aspects of design from illustration to typography and animation, Bureau Bonanza believe thorough research and immersing themselves in each brief are instrumental to making original work that reaches far and speaks people. Be that through a big impactful idea or simply, beautifully crafted design, they try to avoid making anything that feels formulaic. They take great pleasure in helping their clients connect with their audiences in new ways through progressive and engaging design and ideas.


Something in the Water exhibition identity

Patrick Kavanagh, James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, Eavan Boland and Flann O’Brien are just a few examples of Irish writers who have lived beside, written about or set their work within this literary channel. Taking inspiration from this, the exhibition identity came to life as the unfolded dust jacket of a book from this time and place.

Research began by looking at 20th century book covers of these writers, antique book shops from the area and other printed ephemera from the Canal’s rich literary history . Looking quite specifically at the areas of Wilton Park and Baggot street Bridge, these spots were used to inform the illustration of the canal, with its romantic weeping willows, lily pads and swans.