Short Stories
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We work with the world’s most ambitious people to build brands and digital products


Short Stories is the award-winning design practice of Karl Smyth, an Irish designer, art director and illustrator, roving between Ireland and Portugal while servicing clients around the globe. We work with you to build comprehensive, thoughtful, and purpose-driven identities and experiences.

With two decades of experience as an award-winning designer, and art director, he’s connected to some of the best people in the industry. He’s collaborated with clients ranging from mom + pop businesses to global multinationals, and collaborated with people as diverse as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Michael Flatley.

After less than two years existence, Short Stories has also been recognised by leading awards bodies, initiatives and collections; national and international. Our work has been included in the 100 Archive (Ireland’s national graphic design archive), and is a winner at the 2019 CreativePool Annual Awards.

Design grounded by research, concept, clear typography, user-friendliness, and attention to detail can help people. Good choices make work effortless with clear meaning. Design is about solving problems and creating effective communication and interaction with an audience. We take pride in our ability to move between media and a range of disciplines. 

Let’s talk about how we can add value to your organisation or project.


“The pride you take in your work is truly inspiring. Thank you as you have not only made a complicated process look easy, but we all had fun along the way.”

Raymond Poole.
Co-Founder, PM Summit Ltd.

What do we do?

Art Direction
Branding / Identity
Interaction Design
Product Development
User Experience