ND EDUCATES

ND EDUCATES is our programme of inspiring talks, workshops and practical advice from leading professionals in the design industry aimed to prepare graduates for employment.

Hear from leading brands and designers and network with industry experts as they offer unique insights into the latest design trends, offer practical career advice as well as discuss key themes within the design sector such as sustainability, diversity and inclusion and routes to employment in a post pandemic world.

The 2022 talks and workshops programme is curated by Hannah Payne.

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SUSTAINABLE SOURCING FOR INTERIOR DESIGN

Friday 24 June, 16:00 - 17:00

This panel will discuss how to make the right choices when sourcing for your interior design project. 

THE PANEL: Chair: BIID President Elect Mathew Freeman
Liz Bell, Design Director, Absolute Project Management
Chloe Bullock, Director, Materialise Interiors
Jennifer Hamilton, Founder, The Vawdrey House 
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE DESIGN SECTOR

There are many things to think about when starting a design business, and intellectual property is often one thing that gets overlooked.

THE PANEL:
Chris Anderson, Senior Associate, Gill Jennings & Every LLP
Danny Lenihan, CEO and Founder, 3 Legged Thing
Louisa Pacifico, CEO, Future Icons

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SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN

The focus of this panel discussion will be the impact of fast consumption on the planet, and how design can help to address this by influencing behaviours, extending product lifetimes etc.  

THE PANEL:
Dai Sanders, Consumer Sector Manager, DCA
Emma McKenna, Head of Net Zero, Innovate UK KTN
Rich Gilbert, Co-Founder, The Agency of Design

WEEK 1: 29 JUNE – 2 JULY

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SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE CREATIVE SECTOR

Thursday 30 June, 11:00 - 11:45

A presentation and interactive session on creative ideas that have and can build positive impact in the world, including the positive effects on mental health and well being and how graduates can influence change within brands, agencies and corporations.

THE PANEL:
Chrissy Levett, Designer and Founder, Creative Conscience
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STUDY JEWELLERY AND SILVERSMITHING AT EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART

Thursday 30 June, 11:00 - 12:00

J&S Teaching Fellow Heather Woof will discuss what it is like to study Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art with new Graduate Guy Howe Conners.

Topics covered will range from skills, professional practice and creative learning to programme facilities and overall student experience.  Attendees can look through student sketchbooks and view work produced by J&S ECA alumni.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:

Heather Woof, J&S Teaching Fellow
Guy Howe Conners (ECA graduate)

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STARTING A CAREER OR BUSINESS IN TEXTILES/SURFACE PATTERN

Thursday 30 June, 12:00 - 12:45

A presentation providing advice for graduates starting a career or business in textiles/surface pattern, including an overview of the market post-pandemic and how the sector is working in new ways. 

THE PANEL:
Tracey Brown, Co-Founder, The Pattern Cloud and Bay & Brown
Sophie McDonald, Ops & Marketing Manager, The Pattern Cloud
Elizabeth Forbes, 2021 Intern, The Pattern Cloud
Helen Jenkins, Manager, The Design Agent

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SURFACE PATTERN AND TEXTILES SWANSEA - DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE

Thursday 30 June, 13:00 - 14:00

An introduction to a handpicked group of UWTSD’s Designers of the Future through some of this year’s portfolio projects. Come and enjoy the work of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students through some beautiful examples produced this year. Enjoy their rich sketchbooks and ideation, innovative surfaces, material exploration across paper, cloth, ceramics, glass and sophisticated final outcomes pitched to their contexts.

A member of Swansea College of Art’s Surface Pattern and Textiles team will talk you through the projects, the career routes available and give you the green light to flick through the beautiful books, samples, portfolio pages and ask questions and take part in our following workshop. Are you ready to Design the Future too?

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IPO - HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CREATIVE WORK

Thursday 30 June, 13:45 - 14:15

The Intellectual Property Office is a government department responsible for granting Intellectual Property rights including Trade Marks, Registered Designs and Patents.

THE PANEL:
Emma Richards, Campaign Manager, Intellectual Property Office

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COLLABORATIVE QUILT - PARTICIPATE IN CWILT 200 BY SWANSEA

Thursday 30 June, 14:00 - 16:30

2022 sees the University of Wales Trinity St David celebrate it’s 200th year. To coincide with this incredible Bicentenary, the team from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art BA Surface Pattern & Textiles are producing a 200 block quilt. We invite you to design and add a block in a cut, collage and drawing workshop!

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RESILIENCE IN THE CREATIVE SECTOR

Thursday 30 June, 15:00 - 16:00

Join Davinder Madaher’s round table discussion with industry speakers talking about next steps for design graduates embarking on their career and the main worries, concerns and challenges post-pandemic.

THE PANEL:
Davinder Madaher, Textile Designer
Clarissa Hulse, Textile Designer
Rosie Moorman, Textile Designer
Clare Gillan, Design Manager, Matalan
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COCKPIT - SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN MAKING

Thursday 30 June, 16:30 - 17:30

Setting up your business as a designer/maker is challenging in itself, but what about considering sustainability in your practice? Makers from Cockpit discuss sustainable practices in the craft sector.

THE PANEL:
David Crump, Head of Business, Cockpit
Lulu Harrison, Glassmaker
Meron Wolde, Jeweller
Rebecca George, Milliner

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SURFACE PATTERN AND TEXTILES SWANSEA - DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE

Friday 1 July, 10:00 - 11:00

An introduction to a handpicked group of UWTSD’s Designers of the Future through some of this year’s portfolio projects. Come and enjoy the work of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students through some beautiful examples produced this year. Enjoy their rich sketchbooks and ideation, innovative surfaces, material exploration across paper, cloth, ceramics, glass and sophisticated final outcomes pitched to their contexts.

A member of Swansea College of Art’s Surface Pattern and Textiles team will talk you through the projects, the career routes available and give you the green light to flick through the beautiful books, samples, portfolio pages and ask questions and take part in our following workshop. Are you ready to Design the Future too?

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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN FASHION

Friday 1 July, 10:30 - 11:30

Discussing the link between inclusive design process, sustainability and the role we all need to play in the future of fashion, this pioneering panel of experts will discuss the why and the how of what they do and give practical tips for the next generation of designers to build inclusion and diversity in to their design practices as they go.

THE PANEL:
Victoria Jenkins, CEO and Founder, Unhidden
Alice Cracknell, Origin
Chamiah Dewey, Chamiah Dewey Fashion
Abi James Miller, fashion model, filmmaker, researcher

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COLLABORATIVE QUILT - PARTICIPATE IN CWILT 200 BY SWANSEA

Friday 1 July, 11:00 - 12:30

2022 sees the University of Wales Trinity St David celebrate it’s 200th year. To coincide with this incredible Bicentenary, the team from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art BA Surface Pattern & Textiles are producing a 200 block quilt. We invite you to design and add a block in a cut, collage and drawing workshop!

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SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION DESIGN

Friday 1 July, 12:00 - 13:00

A talk by one of the authors of the Fabric for Fashion titles, focussing on sustainability in Fashion and Textile Design. Providing a wealth of information on the behaviour, properties and sustainability impacts of a wide range of natural and man-made fabrics.

THE PANEL:
Amanda Johnston

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CRAFTS COUNCIL - CRAFT YOUR WELLBEING​

Friday 1 July, 13:30 - 14:30​

There is proven evidence that creativity enhances health and wellbeing.  Three crafters share their experience on how their craft has enhanced their lives and those around them.  

THE PANEL:
Caroline Jackman, Head of Craft Business Skills, Crafts Council
Sandy Buchanan, Furniture Designer
Tanvi Kant, textile artist-maker, jeweller, educator

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STUDY JEWELLERY AND SILVERSMITHING AT EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART

Friday 1 July, 14:00 - 15:00

J&S Teaching Fellow Heather Woof will discuss what it is like to study Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art with new Graduate Guy Howe Conners.  Topics covered will range from skills, professional practice and creative learning to programme facilities and overall student experience.  Attendees can look through student sketchbooks and view work produced by J&S ECA alumni.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:

Heather Woof, J&S Teaching Fellow
Guy Howe Conners (ECA graduate)

WEEK 2: 6 – 9 JULY

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LEGO DESIGN: REBUILDING A PLAYFUL FUTURE

Thursday 7 July, 11:00 - 11:45

Creativity is instinctive in children – and just as essential in adults. Join Nanna Ulrich Gudum and Mathew Kipling as they discuss how LEGO Design unlocks creativity and play. 

THE PANEL:
Nanna Ulrich Gudum, Head of Design & Innovation Excellence, LEGO
Mathew Kipling, Senior Designer, LEGO

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HALLMARK - EVOLUTION OF A LEGACY BRAND

Thursday 7 July, 12:00 - 12:45

Hallmark is a legacy brand founded 100 years ago. Join designers and creatives from Hallmark to discuss what it takes to endure as a legacy brand in the illustration sector in the digital age.

THE PANEL:
Eve Gray, Creative Development Director, Hallmark
Heather Williams, Trend Strategist, Hallmark

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PENTLAND BRANDS - MAKING IT IN YOUR CAREER IN DESIGN

Thursday 7 July, 13:00 - 13:45

Katie and members of the Pentland Creative Team which includes ND Alumni discuss making it in your career in the design, from job interview skills, how to present yourself, and a broader discussion about challenges they have overcome in their careers.

THE PANEL:
Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent and Networks Director, Pentland Brands

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REBUILD TOMORROW! DESIGNING THE LEGO EXPERIENCE

Thursday 7 July, 14:00 - 14:45

Join us for a playful, hands-on workshop where three LEGO designers will inspire you to flex your creativity and apply your design thinking skills towards reimagining the future of play, brick by brick.

THE WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:
Matt Marshall, Senior Product Designer, The LEGO Group
Lauren Cullen King, Senior Graphic Designer, The LEGO Group
George Gilliatt, Product Designer, The LEGO Group

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KTP - OPPORTUNITIES FOR DESIGN GRADUATES

Thursday 7 July, 15:00 - 15:45

Mark Lynch of Innovate UK KTN will discuss graduate job opportunities with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) – helping companies big and small to innovate and grow.

THE PANEL:
Mark Lynch, Design Engineer & Knowledge Transfer Adviser, Innovate UK KTN

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REBUILD TOMORROW! DESIGNING THE LEGO EXPERIENCE

Thursday 7 July, 16:00 - 17:30

Join us for a playful, hands-on workshop where three LEGO designers will inspire you to flex your creativity and apply your design thinking skills towards reimaging the future of play, brick by brick.

THE WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:
Matt Marshall, Senior Product Designer, The LEGO Group
Lauren Cullen King, Senior Graphic Designer, The LEGO Group
George Gilliatt, Product Designer, The LEGO Group

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DO WE DARE TO CARE ABOUT REPAIRABILITY IN DESIGN?

Thursday 7 July, 16:00 - 16:45

This panel discusses the importance of repairability in design and whether it should be built into all product design, asking why some manufacturers still avoid this commitment to lifetime guarantee. Should new graduate designers of the future really be focussing on ‘new’ design?

THE PANEL:
Riya Patel (Chair), Design Writer and Curator
Jeanine Goddard, Creative Director, Bisley
Mark Miodownik, Materials Scientist and Engineer
Simon Terry, Anglepoise

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SKY CREATIVE: FROM GLASS TO GLASS

Thursday 7 July, 17:30 - 18:30

Sky Creative showcase the role that design has played in delivering Sky Glass. How industrial, material, product and software Design have come together with brand and marketing to deliver a unique product. The talk will showcase the myriad of roles on offer in the industry and how they work together.

THE PANEL:
Alan Abbott, Executive Creative Director, Sky

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IPO - HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CREATIVE WORK

Friday 8 July, 10:30 - 11:00

The Intellectual Property Office is a government department responsible for granting Intellectual Property rights including Trade Marks, Registered Designs and Patents.

THE PANEL:
Kelly Wren, Intellectual Property Office

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HOW WILL AUGMENTED REALITY & 3D CHANGE THE FUTURE OF ONLINE RETAIL?

Friday 8 July, 11:45 - 12:15

This panel discussion will be exploring what the future of retail looks like for brands in the Metaverse and how retailers should be getting ready for Web 3.0. We’ll debate the importance of AR when it comes to bridging the gap between the physical and digital worlds.

THE PANEL:
Sophie Millington, Marketing Consultant, London Dynamics
Michael Valdsgaard, Founder and CEO, London Dynamics

Branding The Best You

BRANDING THE BEST YOU

Friday 8 July, 12:00 - 13:00

There is raw, untapped potential inside every one of our young creatives, waiting to be unleashed into the world.
But the creative industry is rapidly accelerating with constant change, and challenges. We are met with limitless
creativity every single day and trying to cut through all that noise to make yourself seen can be difficult.

Thinking of yourself as a brand will help break down some of those barriers. It’s no longer good enough for
brands to be just different. They have to have meaning. And there’s no brand more important than your own.
How you present yourself, tell your stories, live by your own values will help define who you are, find the right
opportunities and help you unlock your own true potential on the world.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT - ILLUSTRATION FIRST MOVES

Friday 8 July, 12:30 - 13:30

Illustration provides so many creative possibilities it can be hard to know where to start. This friendly panel of illustration professionals will share insights and advice for getting your personal and professional practice up-and-running.

THE PANEL:
Olivia Ahmad, Artistic Director, House of Illustration
Sarah Morris, Membership Manager, Association of Illustrators
Sharpay Chenyue Yuan, illustrator
George Morton, Senior Creative Agent, Grand Matter
Chanté Timothy, illustrator
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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN THE DESIGN COMMUNITY

Friday 8 July, 13:45 - 14:45

Launching the newly published Inclusive Design Toolkit, this panel discusses diversity and inclusion within the design community. 

THE PANEL:
Dr Abigail Hird, Innovate UK KTN, Design Innovation Network
Nicole Agba, Creative Strategist/Director, previously at McLaren, Ford and Lotus
Emric Sawyer, Designer, Heatherwick
Michael Omotosho, Founder & Designer, Tosho & Co

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SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING

Friday 8 July, 15:00 - 16:00

What does sustainability actually mean for creatives and big corporate manufacturers? Is it so different for each – and how can they work together to make the world last a lot longer?

THE PANEL:
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux, Founder, Colour in Design Award
Kitty Joseph, Fashion Designer
Phoebe Lewis, ND Award winner 2020
Emmaline Rogers, Sustainability Manager, Akzonobel UK
Kit Miles, designer and ND Award winner

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MATERIALS AND DESIGN FORUM

Friday 8 July, 16:15 - 16:45

Hear highlights from the roving materials clinic at New Designers 22, and put your questions about materials selection and processes to our panel of materials experts.
Presented by Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE).

THE PANEL:
Dr Steve Morris, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Smart Materials and Technical Textiles, Innovate UK KTN
Dr Neelam Mughal (Knowledge Transfer Manager, Advanced Materials, Innovate UK KTN
Dr Robert Quarshie, Head of Materials, Innovate UK KTN & Chair, Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE).

JUGGLING ACTS: PORTFOLIO CAREERS IN CRAFT & DESIGN​

Charlie Birtles, Hayley Banks, Liz Cooper and Rachel Fitzpatrick 

DESIGN NATION

Design-Nation is a membership network and portfolio that comprises a rich and diverse pool of highly skilled designers and makers. Many of Design-Nation’s members have developed portfolio careers, combining making products or artwork with a wide variety of activities such as teaching, writing, mentoring, exhibition curation, consultancy and arts management.

DESIGNING REPAIRABLE PRODUCTS

Simon Terry, Roddy Clarke and Mark Miodownik 

ANGLEPOISE

It is clear that designers can no longer ignore the importance of reparability in their work. Repair processes need to be democratised and it is the role of the designer to help consumers make better choices when it comes to product lifecycles, they need support in following I Fix It’s mantra “If you can’t fix it, don’t own it”.

COLOUR IN A POST COVID WORLD

Chair – Marianne Shillingford 

Catrina Stewart and Hugh McEwenPartners, Office S&M Architects 

June Mineyama-SmithsonArtist/Graphic Designer

COLOUR IN DESIGN

How will we be using and creating colour in the near and far future and what will it’s role in design be? In this talk we will discuss how designers can use colour beyond its aesthetic qualities to make life better, safer and more sustainable in a post pandemic world. 

LOCKDOWN DESIGN TRENDS

HABITAT, HALLMARK AND JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

MODERATED BY DAVINDER MADAHER

Jamie Gent, Habitat

Heather Williams, Hallmark

Sarah O’Sullivan, John Lewis & Partners

Join Habitat, Hallmark & John Lewis & Partners as they discuss the trends they have seen from a year of lockdown living, how this has influenced their designs and what this means coming out of the pandemic.

QUALITY IN A WORLD OF QUANTITY

Becky Sunshine 

Stephen Briars, Chief creative 

Huw Evans, Product designer 

Narmina Marandi – Co-Chair

Anya Hindmarch

THE CONRAN SHOP & THE MARANDI FOUNDATION

We live in a world of ‘on-demand’, ‘mass production’ and Amazon Prime. How does quality survive when the demand for quantity is so overwhelming and why do we need it to?

THE ROLE OF CONSULTING IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY

Ryan McGinley, Principal Consultant

Nicola Westgarth-Flynn, Industrial Design Lead

Lucy Mitchell, Industrial Designer

Chris Sherwin, Design Manager

Dan Toon, Partner

PA CONSULTING

Join five design leads at PA Consulting as they discuss the role of consulting in the design industry.

WHAT DESIGNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Chris Anderson, Design Attorney

GILL JENNINGS & EVERY LLP

Intellectual property affects every design discipline, and yet the difference between patents, trade marks, designs and copyright can often elude those who need to know.

DESIGN FOR NET ZERO AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Emma McKenna and Ajay Kapadia

KTN

KTN’s Emma McKenna will give an overview of what Net Zero means for the designers and innovators of new products and services.

Materials expert Ajay Kapadia will then discuss whether there is a role for designers in repurposing or reincarnating composite materials to give them a second life. 

SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE

Heather Williams

Dai Saunders, Design Consultant 

DCA DESIGN AND HALLMARK

We consider the role of designers and retailers in creating a sustainable world for the consumer. Meet 2 brands who are actively focussing on sustainability in their designs.

INTERIOR DESIGN: BUILDING A CAREER AND FACING ITS CHALLENGES

Verity Coleman

Lindsey Rendall

Charlotte Stuart 

Sharon Simpson

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF INTERIOR DESIGN (BIID)

Join BIID for a panel discussion focusing on where to begin when starting out as an interior designer. Hear about the challenges the panel has faced and how they have overcome them.

Topics covered will include moving to interior design later in life, diversity & inclusion and joining a practice vs setting up on your own.

FROM SIDE HUSTLE TO DAY JOB!

Chrissy Levett, Founder

CREATIVE CONSCIENCE

A users guide for those interested in building a social enterprise to positively change the world.
Inspiring case studies, top tips on where to start & what not to do.

PLAY AND CREATIVITY WITH FORD'S USHA RAGHVACHARI

Usha Raghavachari, Lab Director

FORD

Usha Raghavachari is passionate about the intersection between play and creativity. Join her as she discusses her belief that this can safely create and drive innovation.

DESIGN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CROWDFUNDING

Heather Swift Hunt, Senior Director

KICKSTARTER

The role of the designer is changing, and so is the way products are made and distributed. 

CAN COLOUR REALLY MAKE LIFE AND DESIGN BETTER?

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director

Adam Nathaniel FurmanArtist and Designer 

Kitty Joseph, Fashion Designer 

Zeena Shah, Art Director, Presenter, Author and Stylist

COLOUR IN DESIGN

Colour as decoration is something we all understand but the potential it has to change the way we respond to the world is only just being realised.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: USING AUGMENTED REALITY

Dr Charles Symonds

STANNAH

Stannah is a family owned business with 150 years of heritage discover how they have utilised augmented reality within the sales process to blend the virtual and physical worlds and demonstrate to the customer how a stairlift would look in their home. 

HOW TO START SELLING WITH ETSY

Suzie Dicker, Founder and designer

Bryony Moss, Illustrator 

Margo McDaid, Artist

ETSY

Join Suzie Dicker from À L’aise Stationary to learn everything you need to know about getting started on Etsy! Learn more about why Etsy is a great place for emerging designers, and the new tools and products that are available to makers. 

HOW TO GET HIRED - HINTS AND TIPS WITH LIBERTY

Olivia Stokes & Nicola Steadman

LIBERTY

Join Liberty’s Nicola Steadman, Head of Talent and Olivia Stokes, Talent Manager as they guide you through the world of job applications, offering top tips and handy tricks along the way to support the start of your career.

MAKING IT - WELCOME TO YOUR NEW CAREER WITH COCKPIT ARTS​

David Crump, Head of Business Incubation

Jacob Monk

Onome Otite 

Paige Danham 

COCKPIT ARTS

Congratulations, you’ve graduated. Now, how do you get started professionally? Cockpit Arts Head of Business Incubation David Crump and a panel of makers speak about building their practices and what they wish they’d known when they were setting out.

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DESIGN FOR NET ZERO AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Emma McKenna and Ajay Kapadia

KTN

THURSDAY 1 JULY, 10AM

KTN’s Emma McKenna will give an overview of what Net Zero means for the designers and innovators of new products and services.

Materials expert Ajay Kapadia will then discuss whether there is a role for designers in repurposing or reincarnating composite materials to give them a second life. 

Are materials scientists and chemists the wrong people to be solving this problem? 

HOW TO START SELLING WITH ETSY

Suzie Dicker, Founder and designer

ETSY

THURSDAY 1 JULY, 12PM

Join Suzie Dicker from À L’aise Stationary to learn everything you need to know about getting started on Etsy! Learn more about why Etsy is a great place for emerging designers, and the new tools and products that are available to makers. 

SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE

Heather Williams and Dai Saunders

DCA DESIGN AND HALLMARK

THURSDAY 1 JULY, 3PM

We consider the role of designers and retailers in creating a sustainable world for the consumer. Meet 2 brands who are actively focussing on sustainability in their designs.

INTERIOR DESIGN: BUILDING A CAREER AND FACING ITS CHALLENGES

BRITISH INSTITUTE OF INTERIOR DESIGN (BIID)

FRIDAY 2 JULY, 10AM

Join BIID for a panel discussion focusing on where to begin when starting out as an interior designer. Hear about the challenges the panel has faced and how they have overcome them.

Topics covered will include moving to interior design later in life, diversity & inclusion and joining a practice vs setting up on your own.

FROM SIDE HUSTLE TO DAY JOB!

Chrissy Levett, Founder

CREATIVE CONSCIENCE

FRIDAY 2 JULY, 12PM

A users guide for those interested in building a social enterprise to positively change the world.
Inspiring case studies, top tips on where to start & what not to do.

Save the date: Wednesday 30 June (ND AWARDS Ceremony) – Saturday 10 July don’t miss our exciting ND EDUCATES talks programme.

This year New Designers will be hosted online with a range of events suited to every design disciplines. Join inspirational talks focused around the latest trends and topics and learn top tips and how to’s from industry leaders to support you in your next chapter as a creative professional.

Book your place on the digital programme below.

PLAY AND CREATIVITY WITH FORD'S USHA RAGHVACHARI

Usha Raghavachari, Lab Director

FORD

FRIDAY 2 JULY, 3PM

Usha Raghavachari is passionate about the intersection between play and creativity. Join her as she discusses her belief that this can safely create and drive innovation.

JUGGLING ACTS: PORTFOLIO CAREERS IN CRAFT & DESIGN

Charlie Birtles

DESIGN NATION

MONDAY 5 JULY, 10AM

Design-Nation is a membership network and portfolio that comprises a rich and diverse pool of highly skilled designers and makers. Many of Design-Nation’s members have developed portfolio careers, combining making products or artwork with a wide variety of activities such as teaching, writing, mentoring, exhibition curation, consultancy and arts management.

DESIGNING REPAIRABLE PRODUCTS

Simon Terry, Roddy Clarke and Mark Miodownik 

ANGLEPOISE

MONDAY 5 JULY, 12PM

It is clear that designers can no longer ignore the importance of reparability in their work. Repair processes need to be democratised and it is the role of the designer to help consumers make better choices when it comes to product lifecycles, they need support in following I Fix It’s mantra “If you can’t fix it, don’t own it”.

QUALITY IN A WORLD OF QUANTITY

THE CONRAN SHOP & THE MARANDI FOUNDATION

MONDAY 5 JULY, 3PM

We live in a world of ‘on-demand’, ‘mass production’ and Amazon Prime. How does quality survive when the demand for quantity is so overwhelming and why do we need it to?

THE ROLE OF CONSULTING IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY

PA CONSULTING

TUESDAY 6 JULY, 10AM

Join five design leads at PA Consulting as they discuss the role of consulting in the design industry.

DESIGN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CROWDFUNDING

Heather Swift Hunt, Senior Director

KICKSTARTER

TUESDAY 6 JULY, 12PM

The role of the designer is changing, and so is the way products are made and distributed. 

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: USING AUGMENTED REALITY

Dr Charles Symonds

STANNAH

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY, 10AM

Stannah is a family owned business with 150 years of heritage discover how they have utilised augmented reality within the sales process to blend the virtual and physical worlds and demonstrate to the customer how a stairlift would look in their home. 

CAN COLOUR REALLY MAKE LIFE AND DESIGN BETTER?

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director

COLOUR IN DESIGN

TUESDAY 6 JULY, 3PM

Colour as decoration is something we all understand but the potential it has to change the way we respond to the world is only just being realised.

WHAT DESIGNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Chris Anderson, Design Attorney

GILL JENNINGS & EVERY LLP

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY, 12PM

Intellectual property affects every design discipline, and yet the difference between patents, trade marks, designs and copyright can often elude those who need to know.

COLOUR IN A POST COVID WORLD

COLOUR IN DESIGN

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY, 3PM

How will we be using and creating colour in the near and far future and what will it’s role in design be? In this talk we will discuss how designers can use colour beyond its aesthetic qualities to make life better, safer and more sustainable in a post pandemic world. 

HOW TO START SELLING WITH ETSY

Suzie Dicker, Founder and designer

ETSY

THURSDAY 8 JULY, 12PM

Join Suzie Dicker from À L’aise Stationary to learn everything you need to know about getting started on Etsy! Learn more about why Etsy is a great place for emerging designers, and the new tools and products that are available to makers. 

LOCKDOWN DESIGN TRENDS

HABITAT, HALLMARK AND JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS

MODERATED BY DAVINDER MADAHER

THURSDAY 8 JULY, 3PM

Join Habitat, Hallmark & John Lewis & Partners as they discuss the trends they have seen from a year of lockdown living, how this has influenced their designs and what this means coming out of the pandemic.

HOW TO GET HIRED - HINTS AND TIPS WITH LIBERTY

Olivia Stokes & Nicola Steadman

LIBERTY

FRIDAY 9 JULY, 10AM

Join Liberty’s Nicola Steadman, Head of Talent and Olivia Stokes, Talent Manager as they guide you through the world of job applications, offering top tips and handy tricks along the way to support the start of your career.

STARTING YOUR JEWELLERY AND PRECIOUS METAL BUSINESS

Megan Brown, Clio Saskia and Darren Sherwood

THE GOLDSMITHS’ COMPANY

FRIDAY 9 JULY, 12PM

Join us and learn how the Goldsmiths’ Centre can support you to develop your jewellery and precious metal business, from technical and inspirational opportunities, to business courses and workshops.

MAKING IT - WELCOME TO YOUR NEW CAREER WITH COCKPIT ARTS​

David Crump, Head of Business Incubation

COCKPIT ARTS

FRIDAY 9 JULY, 3PM

Congratulations, you’ve graduated. Now, how do you get started professionally? Cockpit Arts Head of Business Incubation David Crump and a panel of makers speak about building their practices and what they wish they’d known when they were setting out.

The 2020 ND EDUCATES programme featured a variety of inspiring talks, portfolio crits and career advice from leading professionals in the design industry.

For those who missed the 2020 programme of insightful online discussions, all are available to listen to on demand below.

WELCOME TO YOUR CRAFT CAREER

Crafts Council

Whether you are interested in retail and e-commerce; residencies and research or gallery showcasing; this talk has the top tips for you to help you make informed decisions about the next steps to take in your craft career.

DESIGNING FOR ONLINE COMMUNITIES

Vicki Fong: Royal College of Art

Anxiety, low morale and isolation are feelings that affected everyone during COVID-19. Vicki Fong discusses how technology can be used to help strengthen a community during a time of crisis? 

IN CONVERSATION WITH KICKSTARTER AND GRANBY WORKSHOP

 Sumuyya Khader and Heather Corcoran

Kickstarter’s Heather Corcoran and Granby Workshop’s Sumuyya Khader discuss the benefits of Kickstarter and how designers worldwide are using the platform.

MAKING IT - WELCOME TO YOUR NEW CAREER

Cockpit Arts

Congratulations, you’ve graduated. Now, how do you get started professionally? Cockpit Arts CEO Annie Warburton and a panel of makers speak about building their practices and what they wish they’d known when they were setting out. 

MAKE FASHION CIRCULAR

Marilyn Martinez: Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Marilyn Martinez – Senior Analyst at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, explains what the circular economy means for the fashion industry and the steps that creatives can take to help accelerate the shift towards a circular fashion industry.

SUSTAINABILITY, DESIGN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Sally Beken + Ajay Kapadia: Knowledge Transfer Network
Ryan Mario Yasin: Petit Pli
Gavin Lewis: Innovate UK

An introduction to tools and strategies for designing for people and the planet, and funding opportunities such as the Sustainabilty in Plastics Design competition. 

#FAILURE

Dr Alexandra Jugureanu: Knowledge Transfer Network

Dr Alexandra Jugureanu invites you to reframe traditional narratives around failure and see if you can intentionally make room for failure in your processes of creation, design and innovation. 

PRODUCT DESIGN ENTREPRENEURSHIP - HOW YOU CAN DO IT

Institution of Engineering Designers

Designing and making your own products – what should you consider? The IED discuss the do’s and don’ts, route to market, funding options, mentorship, where to get help and the mistakes they’ve made along the way!

INTRODUCING THE INNOVATION CANVAS

Knowledge Transfer Network

The KTN Innovation Canvas provides a practical framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific product, service or process – identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what actions to take.

TOY DESIGN 101

Mojo Nation

Toy Design 101 provides you an in-depth guide as to what life as a toy designer and freelance inventor looks like, delving into the various routes you can take as a recent graduate to give yourself the best chance of working in this fun, creative industry.

KTP - OPPORTUNITIES FOR DESIGN GRADUATES

Mark Lynch: Knowledge Transfer Network

Mark Lynch of KTN will discuss graduate job opportunities with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) – helping companies big and small to innovate and grow. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Looking for more insights and discussions to help kick-start your career? Our 2019 Talks Programme is available for you to view too.