About Us

Design Event was originally founded in 2005 by Karen Nairstone. Our mission is to promote and support designers and makers working in the North of England. To raise standards, and provide regional and national platforms to showcase the high quality design being produced. We aim to position the North of England as a hot bed of design talent, creating opportunities for designers and the public to engage with high quality design.

Central to our programme is the Northern Design Festival, featuring regional, national and international design across graphics, product design, architecture, illustration and fashion. 2015 is our 10th Birthday and we will be celebrating
with a fantastic Northern Design Festival in October 2015.

In addition to showcasing work in the north of England, we take work by northern designers to international audiences.
In 2014 we took a showcase of work to Design Junction at the London Design Festival, and some of the work featured
can be seen in our online design store.

We also deliver a range of professional development programmes and our talks programme has included design luminaries such as Michael Young, Jonathan Barnbrook, Timorous Beasties, Conny Freyer from Troika, Andy Altmann from Why Not Associates, Adrian Shaugnessey, Nat Hunter and Fred Deakin.