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The Talks Theatre at New Designers is the ideal forum to share ideas, hear live case-studies from designers, and discuss current issues impacting the design industry.

Taking place daily from Thursday to Saturday across two-weeks and free to attend, this years talks discussed a number of topical issues. This included the current and future economy of design skills, the importance of collaborating and colour forecasting, creative ways of  finding funding, new materials, protecting your ideas and more. Look out for next years programme and listen to this years discussions online.

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Thursday 28 June 2018

An Introduction to The Design Trust Start Up morning at New Designers Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust, the online business school for designers and makers presented this practical session to get you to work on your business dream now.

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A good eye for design – Photography tips from Yeshen Venema The designer maker’s favourite photographer spoke about why professional images are so important for your creative brand, how to use images in creative ways and how to share them on social media to get more sales. Catch up on the discussions here

Selling online – a useful case study Successful jeweller and London Etsy Captain Emma Barnes of Wild Fawn jewellery spoke about how to get started with Etsy, the popular online market place for handmade products, and how to sell more online. Catch up on the discussions here

How to create a successful business in your 20s’ or 30’s A panel discussion hosted by Patricia van den Akker, with Etsy jeweller Emma Barnes and award-winning wall paper designer Kit Miles. Catch up on the discussions here

Crowdfunding for creatives A panel discussion hosted by Patricia van den Akker, who launched her book ‘Dream Plan Do’ successfully on Kickstarter twice, Jamie Chalmers otherwise known as Mr Stitch who launched his modern cross stitch magazine with crowdfunding, and Judith Evans of MADE.COM, who manages their new crowdfunding platform TalentLab. Catch up on the discussions here

The Business of Surface Pattern Design by Rachael Taylor Print and pattern designer, colour fanatic, stylist, speaker, and creative coach Rachael Taylor talks all about what it REALLY takes to make it in the surface pattern design industry, including top tips, practical advice and her story of how she has made it.

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Growing Your Brand – A panel discussion With Janine Burrows of Jam & Ginger and Rachael Taylor A rich and inspiring panel discussion on how to grow your brand, featuring designers Rachael Taylor and Janine Burrows, who have over 30 years’ design experience between them.

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Working with Trends – A panel discussion With Simion Hawtin-Smith of Reloved Upholstery and Alexander Wills of Fashion Formula A lively panel discussion with Simion Hawtin-Smith of Reloved Upholstery and Alexander Wills of Fashion Formula, revealed what makes a successful statement fabric, how to work with trends within your work, and more!

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Thinking Big with Max McMurdo Max McMurdo – designer, upcycler, entrepreneur and TV Presenter spoke all about being a creative entrepreneur, thinking outside of the box and taking creative risks within your design practice.

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Q&A on collaboration with Max Murdo and Rachael Taylor Hosted by Beth Kempton, this rapid-fire Q&A session with Rachael Taylor and Max McMurdo explored the value of creative collaborations.

Friday 29 June 2018

Sainsbury’s Design Talks: The story behind the product  This design talk takes you behind the scenes of Sainsbury’s Home design studio and how original design practices are integral to creating products for homes and interiors. Sainsbury’s is home to one of the largest in-house design studios across homewares and in the last two years has won design awards for its belief in creating affordable design. On stage was Rona Olds, Head of Buying for Sainsbury’s Home and Andrew Tanner, Design Manager for Sainsbury’s Argos. The talk was an insight into how trend and colour, craft and design play an important role in the story behind each product. Catch up on the discussions here

 

IPO: That’s My Work! The Intellectual Property Office’s essential guide to patents, trademarks and copyright– crucial knowledge and assets for any creative business or designer. Catch up on the discussions here

Behind the Curtain: Designer Talks from Style Library and Homes & Gardens Deborah Barker – Editor in Chief of Homes & Gardens spoke to Claire Vallis, creative director of brands at Style Library and Hannah Bowen, designer and previous ND Award winner about their respective careers as designers. Find out the inside story on what it is like to work in a dynamic and successful studio, find out what Claire looks for in her design team, and hear about how Hannah found the transition from ND graduate to working in the industry. It was a lively discussion full of insight for new graduates from the creators of iconic British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co. Scion and Anthology. Catch up on the discussions here

Telling Stories with Ceramic Review: Media Relations for Makers Miles Evans gave his top tips in PR for creatives. He is a PR professional whose previous experience includes the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and head of PR at the Serpentine Gallery. He currently works for a range of international clients, and has brought Ceramic Art London major media attention over the last two years. He looked at the kind of messages that work for wider audiences, how to identify good stories and how to tell them. Catch up on the discussions here

Full immersion Colour Workshop with Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director Dulux UK What is colour? How do we see it? How do we describe it? How do we respond to it? How do we mix it and how do we predict it what’s going to be the next big colour story? This practical hands-on workshop taught participants about the science, practicality, culture and aesthetics of colour plus gave the opportunity to mix a unique palette and learn about the process of Global Colour Trends Forecasting. Catch up on the discussions here

Saturday 30 June

Creative Freelancing – Getting started Almost half of those working in the creative industries are self-employed, with a significant proportion working in a freelance capacity. Working for yourself comes with the ability to have a better work/life balance, higher earning opportunities and freedom to work on the projects you choose. We know the concept of commercialising your talent and working for yourself can be daunting, so IPSE helped break it down. The session gave an introduction to the risks and rewards of freelancing, along with practical steps to setting up and succeeding as a freelance professional. Plus, attendees received free IPSE Student Membership to give a year’s worth of self-employment support. Catch up on the discussions here

The future of design – a panel discussion on the creative landscape WGSN’s, Colour Director Jane Monnington Boddy discussed upcoming fashion trends and consumer patterns, with Sarah Housley, Senior Editor of Lifestyle & Interiors – who provided her insight into tech and innovation and its contribution to the future of materials for design, plus Clive Rohald, Partner & Executive Creative Director from Prophet and Charlene C Lam of The Creative Edit and Creative Clerkenwell. Catch up on the discussions here

2018 WEEK 2 TALKS REVIEW

Thursday 5 July 2018

Introducing the Innovation Canvas Launching KTN’s new innovation canvas which helps start-ups from all sectors ensure their innovative products, services or systems are commercially-aware. The Canvas has been piloted with start-ups at the Royal College of Art, Wired Sussex, Sheffield University and Birmingham Innovation Hub, and the first published version will be ready for #ND18. With KTN innovation specialist Frank Boyd and service designer Delina Evans, who herself exhibited at #ND13. Catch up on the discussions here

  IPO: That’s My Work! The Intellectual Property Office’s essential guide to patents, trademarks and copyright– crucial knowledge and assets for any creative business or designer. Catch up on the discussions here

Sainsbury’s Design Talks: The story behind the product This design talk takes you behind the scenes of Sainsbury’s Home design studio and hear how original design practices are integral to creating products for homes and interiors. The Sainsburys Argos Home design studio is home to one of the largest in-house design studios across homewares and furniture. On stage will be David Hutcheson, Senior Designer for Sainsburys Argos, Mike Allison, Senior furniture Designer for Sainsburys Argos and Karen Hardie, Senior Papershop Designer for Sainsburys Argos. The talk was an insight into how trend and colour, craft and design play an important role in the story behind each product. Catch up on the discussions here

The Design Economy – A discussion by the Design Council x Design Week Design Council and Sarah Dawood, Deputy Editor of Design Week, engaged in a discussion around design skills and how these relate to the future economy. As part of this talk, the Design Council brought together thought leaders and practitioners from education, business, social enterprise and design to provide a range of perspectives on the challenges they face and where design skills could help. Catch up on the discussions here

Illustration: Mini Business Masterclass AOI’s Lou Bones comprehensive mini masterclass covered all the essential areas for a successful career in illustration, including pricing, licensing, self-promotion, understanding the commissioner’s journey, working internationally, as well as discussing the more difficult issues like dealing with copyright infringement and the ins and outs of client negotiation, contracts and industry standards. The presentation drew on real examples as well as sharing practical tips before opening up the floor for the all-important Q&A! This masterclass was aimed at seasoned professionals and the up and coming alike. 

Friday 6 July 2018

How to have a great career in residential design – the do’s and dont’s Whether you end up designing beautiful interiors for a leading architects practice, or making furniture in a specialist maker’s studio, the panel discussion led by Studio Magazine’s editor Kate Burnett gave the tips needed to maximise the plaudits and minimise the pitfalls. With a consort of writers and readers hailing from the halls of ND alumni, this was an opportunity to reconnect with others who started their design careers at New Designers and went on to great things. No matter what you’ve studied, a design degree can lead you to lots of exciting opportunities across the residential design sector, from designing beautiful homes to the wide range of products that go in them. The panel gave the tips you need for maximum gain and minimum pain in your design career. Catch up on the discussion here

Kickstarter Presents: Design, Entrepreneurship, and Storytelling with a Crowd The role of the designer is changing, and so is the way products are made and distributed. Today, new tools and infrastructures – from digital fabrication to crowdfunding – allow individual designers, makers, non-profits, and start-ups with bold ideas to fund and deliver products that may not have found support through conventional methods. With more than 16,000 design and technology projects funded, Kickstarter has been central to this shift. This session introduced the audience to Kickstarter and crowdfunding as a storytelling tool, and as a way to bring creative projects to life alongside a community of backers. Catch up on the discussion here

Materials for Design Challenge Young materials scientists from the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and University College London were challenged to meet pre-selected exhibitors during the Thursday Late and respond to their material choices at Friday’s Talk. The team presented an overview of alternative material suggestions and reflections on how designers and scientists might work together more effectively. Chaired by Professor Clare Johnston, Royal College of Art and introduced by James Burchill, Material Intuition. Presented by Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE). Catch up on the discussion here

45 minute Film School with Raindance Of course, you can’t learn everything there is to know about filmmaking in 45 minutes, but you’d be surprised how much you can learn about making films and the film industry in just a single afternoon. Elliot Grove, the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards, took participants through the core essentials you need to make a film and create a plan to launch a career, with dozens of tangible tips on everything from sourcing your film crew, marketing your film and finding work on film sets. Have a listen, whether you’re new to filmmaking, or have some knowledge or experience and are looking to gain a better understanding of working in the film industry. Catch up on the discussion here

Full immersion Colour Workshop with Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director Dulux UK What is colour? How do we see it? How do we describe it? How do we respond to it? How do we mix it and how do we predict it what’s going to be the next big colour story? This practical hands-on workshop taught participants about the science, practicality, culture and aesthetics of colour plus gave the opportunity to mix a unique palette and learn about the process of Global Colour Trends Forecasting. Catch up on the discussion here

Saturday 7 July 2018

Re-drawing patterns for products – a case-study on craft beer branding Francesca Martorelli, Founder and Creative Director of the sustainable beer company Above Brand gave an inside look into the unique process the company takes in dedicating their beer designs to inspiration drawn from different cultures and traditional patterns. Francesca provided a case-study on the first Above Brand craft beer bottle inspired by Japan, giving an understanding into the company’s process of selecting a contemporary interpretation of a well-known pattern, and applying a pattern to different products including bottles, mats, glasses and clothes – including a look into the process of finding and selecting suitable suppliers. Catch up on the discussion here

  Creative Freelancing – Getting started Almost half of those working in the creative industries are self-employed, with a significant proportion working in a freelance capacity. Working for yourself comes with the ability to have a better work/life balance, higher earning opportunities and freedom to work on the projects you choose. We know the concept of commercialising your talent and working for yourself can be daunting, so IPSE helped break it down. The session gave an introduction to the risks and rewards of freelancing, along with practical steps to setting up and succeeding as a freelance professional. Plus, attendees received free IPSE Student Membership to give a year’s worth of self-employment support. Catch up on the discussion here

Risograph Image Making Workshop with Hato Press New for this year, was a workshop by Hato press, the specialist risograph printers based in East London and presenting their public workshop programme inspired by learning through play methodologies.

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