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 featured a number of topical issues in discussion. These included how crafts are merging with contemporary production to reinvigorate traditional making and aesthetic in the everyday home, the importance of designers imparting their personality and identity in their textiles, resilience in future trade, designing a circular economy for innovative responses to healthcare, transport and product design, and how policy is creating a road map for better design, plus more.
View details of the talks and tours programme from this year’s show below.
By Design Nation
Design-Nation provided a whistle-stop tour of the show, giving insights into how they identity the best emerging design talents. Each day different senior designers and staff shared their opinions and showed visitors the most exciting and lively work.
Thursday 27th June 6 – 6.45pm
Friday 28th June 1 – 1.45pm
Saturday 29th June 1 – 1.45pm
Thursday 4th July 6 – 6.45pm
Friday 5th July 1 – 1.45pm
Saturday 6th July 1 – 1.45pm
WEEK 1 TALKS
THURSDAY 27 JUNE 2019
11 – 11.45AM THE DESIGN TRUST PRESENTS: How to start selling online Want to start selling your creative products or services online? In this talk Patricia van den Akker, the Director of The Design Trust who has worked with 1,000s of creatives in the last 20 years, gave a practical introduction on how to get started. During this practical session she shared:
- her top 5 tips to being online as soon as possible
- gave practical advice on which software or market place is best for you and your products or services
- and how to drive traffic to your new website.
12 – 12.45PM THE DESIGN TRUST PRESENTS: An intro to crowdfunding for creatives In the last few years crowdfunding has become super popular to raise funding for new and innovative projects and product launches, but the vast majority of projects still fail. In this practical session Patricia van den Akker, the Director of The Design Trust, shared her 10 practical tips and do’s and don’ts’s if you want to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign. She shared her practical advice based on two successful Kickstarter campaigns she has run, raising over £14K in one day for her creative business book ‘Dream Plan Do’. From what projects to launch to when is the best time to launch, from what rewards to choose to how to promote your project successful and how to deliver a successful project. She shared examples of her own campaigns as well as other creative crowdfunding projects.
1 – 1.45PM THE CRAFT MINDSET The Sainsbury’s Home & Argos Home design team explored how craft influences mass production enabling the creation of beautiful product ranges and award winning design.
2 – 2.45pm Cockpit Arts presents: Making it in London With soaring housing prices and a squeeze on studio space, is it still realistic to run a craft business in London? Annie Warburton, CEO Cockpit Arts and Cockpit makers Leah Jensen and Darren Appiagyei discussed life as a craftsperson in London and how to keep creativity thriving at the heart of the capital.
3 – 3.45pm The Crafts Council: Funding and Finance A talk providing artists, designers and makers with an overview on how to manage their finances when setting up a business. They shared recommendations on how to price work; how to create a budget; recommended accounting tools and recommended the various funding options open to creatives.
4 – 5pm Resilience in Fashion and Homeware: how your persona lives on in your portfolio – a case study Davinder Mahader talks about his experiences and journey as a textile print designer for some of Britain’s biggest brands including Next, Debenhams, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. How can designers continue to foster cultivation and curation in their work through their networks?
5.15 – 6pm The Crafts Council: The International Export Tool Kit To support makers and designers help decide whether exporting; selling and working overseas is a feasible option for them and their businesses. They helped to initiate a plan of action; outline the logistics involved and the next steps to take to start your export strategy.
6.30 – 8pm ND REVIEWS #1 Masterclass A design networking evening where exhibitors meet and listened directly from peers, within a friendly setting, to discuss ideas, debate industry concerns and present their portfolios for review. For the format, think speed dating, 10mins on each table to speak with the designer from each brand on that table, and then move around – a relaxing and personable environment to discuss.
FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2019
10.30 – 11.15am Selvedge: The Fabric of my Life Polly Leonard Founder of Selvedge magazines shared some of her favourite stories of cloth culture and creativity. Selvedge is a magazine that acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story. We are surrounded by cloth from the cradle to the grave and by exploring our universal emotional connection to fibre we share the stories and values that mean the most to us. From why we love the sound of a needle pulling thread through taut linen, to why we are fascinated by the clothes we wear and the fibres we unknowingly rely on. There are many sides to every story and Selvedge is dedicated to finding and nurturing textiles from every angle. Selvedge believes that textiles unite all humanity and in surveying the development of society it is clear that from a spider’s web to the world-wide-web, textiles appear as the protagonist. It is with this thought that we hope to widen our net as well as our own horizons with everything we do.
11.30 – 12.15pm Briffa presents: Intellectual Property and Protecting your Rights Presented by Briffa, the Intellectual Property Solicitors Briffa are an unconventional, approachable law firm with a particular focus on the creative industries. As specialists in intellectual property law, Briffa advise a broad client base which includes creative professionals (such as artists, designers, musicians etc.) as well as start-ups, SMEs and large corporations. Their focus is on working with you to identify, protect and commercialise your intellectual property. They can assist and advise on the entire spectrum of IP considerations – whether you need to register rights (such as trade marks and designs), maintain ownership of any trade secrets (through confidentiality agreements), or enforce your rights against infringement and copying by third parties.
2 – 2.45pm Getting Your Business Started: Jewellery and Precious Metalwork The Goldsmiths’ Centre can support you to develop your jewellery and precious metal business, from technical and inspirational opportunities, to business courses and workshops. Join three Centre alumni – Leonid Dementiev, Daisy Grice and Jessica Jue – who have taken part in Centre programmes including Getting Started and Setting Out, in conversation with Public Programme Manager Charlotte Dew. They discussed their developmental journeys and shared what they have learnt along the way. There audience asked questions and join-in the conversation.
3 – 4.30pm Full immersion Colour Workshop – with Marianne Shillingford Creative Director Dulux UK Learn more about colour and some of the science behind it – plus how we see it, how we respond to it and how we make new colours. This workshop involved mixing paints in order to create your own unique colours and naming them for yourself.
SATURDAY 29 JUNE
12.00 – 3.00pm: Meet the Yodomo makers Yodomo’s drop in workshops and demos gave an opportunity to get hands-on. Experience basket weaving and creative rope knotting with Yodomo instructors Julia Clarke, Tabara N’Diaye (La Basketry) and Sian McLachlan (Shoorah Shoorah). Suited to all levels of skills and free. Yodomo brings the expertise of independent artists and makers directly to you with online courses, materials kits and in-person workshops. Explore yodomo.co to find out more.
WEEK 2 TALKS
THURSDAY 4 JULY 2019
11 – 11.45PM: BRIFFA PRESENTS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS Briffa are an unconventional, approachable law firm with a particular focus on the creative industries. As specialists in intellectual property law, Briffa advise a broad client base which includes creative professionals (such as artists, designers, musicians etc.) as well as start-ups, SMEs and large corporations. Their focus is on working with you to identify, protect and commercialise your intellectual property. They can assist and advise on the entire spectrum of IP considerations – whether you need to register rights (such as trade marks and designs), maintain ownership of any trade secrets (through confidentiality agreements), or enforce your rights against infringement and copying by third parties. Presented by Briffa, the Intellectual Property Solicitors.
12 – 12.45PM KTN PRESENTS: DESIGNING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY: INNOVATIVE RESPONSES FOR RE-USE Imaginative design and thoughtful materials selection are essential to the successful re-use and recyclability of plastic products and waste. The Talk included practical tips and guidance on designing great products while reducing waste, and introduced new networks and government initiatives which can support your work. Speakers: Marie Bach Holm – Envisage Group, Sally Beken – KTN UK Circular Plastics Network, Roy Cox – WRAP, Matt Davies – British Plastics Federation. Chaired by Ed Hobson, Head of Design, Knowledge Transfer Network. Materials and Design Clinic Following the Talk, materials scientists from KTN, IOM3 and the Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) will visited exhibiting designers on their stands to share their knowledge of materials technologies and processes in design.
1.15 – 2pm The Craft Mindset The Sainsbury’s Home & Argos Home design team explored how craft influences mass production enabling the creation of beautiful product ranges and award winning design.
2.15 – 3.15pm Keynote: Alex Jenkins South London based Alex Jenkins shared his experiences as an illustrator. He would describe his work as exploring the everyday through a distinctive, grotesque and garish style. Avoiding pretence and wallowing in morbid humour, whilst touching on the absurd and surreal.
3.45 – 4.45pm AOI presents: Illustration Mini Masterclass AOI’s 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.
6.30 – 8pm ND REVIEWS #2 A design networking evening where you can meet and listen directly from peers, within a friendly setting, to discuss ideas, debate industry concerns and present your portfolios for review. For the format, think speed dating where you will have 10mins on each table to speak with the expert from each brand on that table, and then move around – giving you a relaxing and personable environment to discuss. In collaboration with Sky Creative, KTN Health, KTN Transport, moo, pentland, made.com.
6.30 – 8pm CreativeMornings LATE was back on Thursday 4 July celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with all things sci-fi. It was a fireside-style discussion with three incredible speakers. They were joined by a magazine founder and editor, recently named by Creative Review as the mag redefining sci-fi; a Creative Director from an international typeface design foundry telling us about the future of fonts; and a talented film director investigating what sci-fi means in pop culture.
FRIDAY 5 JULY
10.00 – 10.45am Created Academy presents: The Created team invited all lecturers to join them for a quick tea or coffee to have a chat about their mission to tackle the employment crisis facing new creatives. Learn about their part time career courses for graduates (delivered in partnership with top UK studios) and find out how their skills based approach can help graduates flourish in the creative industries.
11.00 – 11.45am Created Academy presents: Portfolio Hustle: Advice And Feedback Is your portfolio good enough to get you an interview? Exhibitors could drop in to get their portfolio reviewed by professional industry creatives who have worked at some of the UK’s top creative agencies and studios including Michael Drayton (BBC Creative, MPC and Framestore) and Bee Grandinetti (Google Creative Lab and co-founder of Punanimation).
11 – 11.45am IED presents: The Institution of Engineering Designers presents ‘What direction will you take in design?’ Learn from 3 very different industry professionals about their own career journeys. Julian, Surinderjit and Sioned gave ideas, tips and answers to the audiences burning questions about working as a professional product designer and how to mould their career.
12 – 12.45am Created Academy: How To Get Hired: What Industry Wants Created CEO Dom Davenport talked about the needs of industry when it came to hiring new creative talent. Find out if you’ve got the required skillset to make it at a top agency or studio.
1 – 2pm Crafts Council presents: What is crafts? Towards hybridisation and collaboration A discussion on what designers and makers can bring to the craft sector and other industries through collaboration and innovation. Crafts skills generate £3.4bn in industries across the UK economy. We see craft skills applied in such diverse fields as engineering, technology, architecture, fashion and design. ‘hybridisation’ – the combination of creative, technological and enterprise mindsets – is a key driver for success.
1.30 – 2.15pm Created Academy presents: Creative Q&A: How I Got Here A talk and Q&A session with motion designers Michael Drayton (BBC Creative, MPC and Framestore) and Bee Grandinetti (Google Creative Lab and co-founder of Punanimation). Find what it’s like to transition from uni to the world of work and how developing real-life projects can be quite different than working on university assignments. They will also discuss their routes into the creative industries and give advice on getting your foot in the door and how to realise your potential once you’re in.
2.30 – 3.30pm Created Academy presents: Creative Workshop: How Hireable Are You? Have you got what it takes to make it in the creative industries? A workshop which explores the skillset required to work at a top agency or studio. Discover where your skills are at now and learn how to get where you need to be!
2.45 – 4.30pm Store Projects: Traditional Leather Craft Workshop Learn the basics of traditional leather crafts. Kingsley Walters demonstrated how to make a belt and card holder with traditional leather craft techniques, including use of saddlery tools, sewing leather by hand, cutting patterns and maintenance of leather. A set of tools, a range of leathers and metal fittings were provided. Patterns, workshop notes and a ‘Suppliers List’ were available for those wishing to continue to develop a range after the workshop. Kingsley Walters is originally trained in tailoring, from working with high quality denim he became captivated with leather and leather-craft. He makes practical and durable pieces, utilising traditional hand-crafted methods of Leather, no machinery is involved in the production. All the leather is naturally vegetable-dyed, traceable to source and purchased here in London. Kingsley now runs his own studio in East London and is selling his leather products in multiple shops in the UK.
SATURDAY 6 JULY 2019
1.15 – 4.15pm Print Making: 3rdrailclothing – Print Social Presents: Creator’s Corner A curated space to explore the the best of Print Social, past, present and future. Exhibitor’s shopped their latest graduate collection, Uni-T and pulled their very own screen printed accessory, from a range of curated designs. All materials were provided and it was open to all.