The Talks Theatre is your forum to share ideas, listen and learn, and voice your opinion on current issues within the design industry. A daily programme of talks take place throughout both Parts of New Designers. Sessions address current issues and topics pertinent to the design sector, providing a platform to inspire, support and collaborate with the design industry. All talks are free to attend and advance booking is highly recommended as spaces are limited. This year’s programme highlights include insights from The British Design Fund, the Design Council, Hallmark, Sainsbury’s, the Crafts Council and the Design Trust Start Up Day.
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Thursday 29 June 2017
The Design Trust Start Up Day 10.30am – 5pm For the sixth year in a row , The Design Trust will be co-ordinating a full day of talks, interviews and panel discussions at #ND17. All of the events are designed to help you start up and maintain a successful creative business. The Day will begin at 10.30am with an introduction from Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust, where she will kickstart the day with a warm welcome and some practical getting started tips for creative graduates, freelancers, soletraders and business owners. View full programme
Friday 30 June 2017
Crafts Council Workshop: Getting Christmas Ready 1.45 pm – 3.30 pm A talk by the Crafts Council and a guest maker speaker on preparing for the busy Christmas season. Get advice on creating an action plan up to 6 months in advance, tips on creating a festive marketing plan and hear from a maker experienced in preparing for one of the busiest times of the year.
Saturday 1 July 2017
Ceramic Review Presents: Where do I go from here? Options for early career ceramists. 1.45 pm – 2.30 pm What are the options for ceramists taking the plunge into the profession or anyone wanting to get into ceramics? Further study, apprenticeship, or becoming a microbusiness right away? Ceramic Review’s panel of Stuart Carey (founder of The Kiln Rooms), Duncan Hooson (BA Course Leader, Central Saint Martins), and apprentice potter Florian Gadsby discuss the topic. View The Talks Programme And Register Now
Thursday 6 July 2017
Dulux Colour Forecasting
3.45 pm – 4.30 pm
Marianne Shillingford Creative Director of Dulux Akzonobel will explain the process of global trend forecasting, sharing this year’s Colour Futures themes that will have the most impact on the spaces in which we live and work. You will leave this session with an understanding of how our expertly curated palettes can enable you to work confidently at the forefront of design year after year. If you are interested in the power of colour to transform, connect and help shape the future, put this on your ‘must not miss’ ND talk list’.
Thursday 6 July 2017
Design Council – Graduates today, change makers tomorrow
Design Council leads a discussion on how product, service and industrial design is improving lives, and what skills the world most successful companies are looking for in their future designers. Hear from leading public and private sector employers on the design tools and techniques that help them more effectively frame socio-economic challenges, and how design is integral to the process. Discover how Design Council Design Academy complements existing curricula within design, business and engineering schools making students more employable, and how your university can get involved. The Panel will include: Mustafa Kurtuldu, Design Advocate, Google; Peter Fullagar, Head of Innovation, Kinneir Dufort; Matthew Candy, Vice President, UKI & Europe Leader, IBM iX; Clive Grinyer, Premier Design Director, Barclays Premier.
Friday 7 July 2017
Your career as an Illustrator!
1.45 pm – 2.30 pm
Join AOI Membership Manager Lou Bones discussing the challenges around pricing/negotiating illustration and how to move your career forward. Drawing on real examples she will share the AOI experiences of how they have overcome the challenges and awkwardness of pricing work, navigating contracts and negotiating with clients as well as sharing practical tips on self promotion before opening up a Q&A session.
Saturday 8 July 2017
British Institute of Interior Design Panel Discussion: ‘Life After Graduation’
12.45 pm – 1.30 pm
BIID Student Director Lindsey Rendall will chair a panel discussion with BIID members and design experts Ciara Langley, Matt Freeman and Liz Bell who will discuss practical routes for fledgling designers into real world practice, sharing their own experiences in the interior design profession.