Cróna O’Donoghue

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurial & Innovative Futures, Learning & Skills Futures, Social Change Futures, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes, UX (User Experience) & Design Thinking, Leadership & Organisational Learning, Social Change & Transformation




Cróna brings a multitude of experience to her lecturing role in the Department of Design & Creative Media at LYIT. A graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design; Ulster University; Central Saint Martins, UAL London, she has worked in a variety of creative roles – graphic designer, art director, project manager, curator and community engagement specialist. Central to her work is a passion for people, placing the needs of the end user at the centre of all creative solutions.

Whilst running the a busy commercial gallery in Dublin’s cultural quarter she represented over 250 artists nationally and internationally and was responsible for an extensive programme of exhibitions and outreach activities. Having added spatial design skills to her repertoire through her MA, Cróna worked with architects and councils on some of the largest regeneration projects in London at the time, ensuring the views of the community and key stakeholders were considered in the final designs/strategic plans.

Cróna taught on the BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea School of Art & Design (UAL) and the MA in Narrative Environments, Central Saint Martins (UAL) before returning to her native Donegal to commence her roles at LYIT and OD Design.

Cróna is currently a PhD research student at CSM/UAL exploring the role of the environment in creative education.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Publications, Presentations and Projects

Learning Teaching & Student Experience Annual Conference 2018, Glasgow
In April 2018, Cróna and her colleague Dr. Tena Patten presented the design thinking/creative process they developed for first year design students at LYIT – UNIQUE, which divides the creative process into the six stages of Understand, Needs, Ideas, Quick prototyping, User testing and Evaluation.

Successfully secured funding to run Creativity and Entrepreneurship project for 100 Transition Year students. DICE_TY Academy, brought together 100 Transition Year students from around Donegal for six days over six months to design and prototype a new product, service or experience to enhance the Wild Atlantic Way.

Brand New | Old Quarter
Collaboration each year between Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter and all first-year design students to encourage more engagement in the area. One group’s proposal from 2018 was realised through a further collaboration with UV Arts and their mural was unveiled in October 2019.

Telling Stories Differently – creating compelling visitor experiences
Eager to ensure their museum and showcase remain relevant and at the cutting edge of visitor experience, Volkswagen Autostadt commissioned Central Saint Martins to conduct a thorough investigation into the future of museums and interactive installations.