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Here at Design Event we love students and want to inspire the next generation of designers so we’re offering student tickets to this year’s Design NOW Symposium for only £40.00!  Join us for a full day event (including a free lunch) and hear from some of the UK’s leading creative talent for an insight into their work, inspirations and creative practices.

“A great day that sparked motivation, inspiration and passion for design.”

“I came away feeling inspired.”

Speakers

Anthony Burrill: Graphic artist, print- maker and designer Anthony Burrill’s work is held in the V&A and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and is sought after by collectors and clients including Apple, Google and Hermés.

Giles Miller: Giles Miller believes that spaces are defined by the surfaces that frame them. His interest focuses on light, reflection, texture and the manipulation of these elements to create conceptually subtle yet beautifully functional works.

Jimmy Turrell: Jimmy Turrell combines a love of collage, drawing, screenprinting and painting alongside digital techniques. He collects ephemera to cut up and repurpose, in search of strange and awkward juxtapositions.

Paul Scharf: Paul Scharf has worked for G.F. Smith for 31 years, visiting graphic designers and printers with their fine papers. Paul will present the history of G.F. Smith from their establishment in 1885 right up to MadeThought’s recent rebrand.

Sarah Hyndman: Sarah Hyndman founded Type Tasting in 2013. She is a graphic designer, writer and speaker with expertise in multi sensory typography. She is interested in the psychology of type and aims to change the way we think about typography.

Curated by Design Event, in partnership with the Northern Design Centre, and supported by Different, Newcastle College and G.F. Smith. Read more about the 2017 Northern Design Festival partners.

Northern Design Centre, Baltic Business Quarter, Gateshead NE8 3DF

Friday 3 November, 10am-5pm

Professionals £65, Students £40.

Booking required – click here to book online.

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We’re looking for a team of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers for this year’s Northern Design Festival. Design Event was established in 2005 to showcase good design and support designers across the North. We do this through a range of programmes including the Northern Design Festival, showcasing at the London Design Festival and our talks programme featuring leading designers.

2017 marks our 12th birthday and this year we are celebrating all things material with our theme: Material Matters. Over the last 12 years we have welcomed over 250,000 visitors to our festivals, worked with in excess of 1,400 designers, delivered a multitude of talks and workshops, and held over 120 exhibitions and events.

We will once again be showcasing work from leading designers in the stunning Assembly House, a Grade II* listed building in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre.

The Festival will take place 3rd-8th November 2017 where we expect to welcome around 3,000 visitors.

The opportunity

The Northern Design Festival regularly recruits a brilliant team of volunteers who are invaluable to the smooth running of the Festival and enhancing the visitor experience.

For the 2017 Festival we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with a range of tasks. As a Festival steward you will act as an ambassador and information point for our visitors, so we do ask that you take the position seriously and commit to any shifts you may be allocated.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions, what’s involved in organising events and to develop your communication skills and future prospects within the world of design.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will receive training in preparation and on the job, which will help you in delivering an amazing experience for Festival-goers
  • The role will enhance your CV – you will gain valuable experience of working on events and exhibitions and may have the opportunity of a professional reference
  • The chance to meet exhibitors and designers, in previous years volunteers have secured placements through their time spent at the festival.
  • The role will be best tailored to your interests and previous experience
  • You will gain insight into the work of some of the region’s leading designers
  • You’ll get a sneak preview of our stunning Festival venue
  • You’ll work in a dynamic team of like-minded people and develop new friends and contacts

What we’re looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic team players with an interest in the Festival.

Key tasks include:

  • Welcoming visitors to exhibitions and events
  • Helping out with construction, install and take down of exhibitions
  • Supporting the Festival team at openings, previews and special events
  • Helping in the pop up shop

“I volunteered at last year’s Northern Design Festival. I was involved in the whole process – setting up before, helping out during and after assisting with the de-install. This gave me invaluable insight into what goes into creating exhibitions and events. In addition I met other creatives; students and people already working in industry, some of whom even went on to help with my final major project! It was all in all a highly beneficial and enjoyable experience, great for making contacts and enhancing your C.V. – Anna Ishimoto, 2016 volunteer.

I got involved with Design Event just after I graduated in 2008. I was looking to gain work experience in a creative environment. As I studied design at university this was a perfect opportunity right in the heart of Newcastle.I joined the team as a volunteer and help to invigilate various exhibitions across the Festival. It was a fantastic opportunity to work in a different environment with new people and it was brilliant engaging with the general public. The event gave me responsibility and built my confidence in approaching people and talking about their opinions and my own. It also showed me that I could be creative in a different way.” Previous Festival volunteer

How to apply

Please complete this online application as soon as possible, and no later than 6th October 2017. Also please note last year we experienced difficulties with emails so please add marketing@design-event.co.uk to your email contacts to ensure you receive any emails. If you have any questions please email Zoe at marketing@design-event.co.uk.

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We are pleased to announce our next Design Talk in partnership with Northern Design Centre and Newcastle College is with Nick Finney, NB Studio.

Nick Finney co-founded NB Studio in 1997 and is creative partner. Prior to founding NB Studio Nick worked for Pentagram, Howard Brown and studied at Somerset College of Art (1991).

At NB, He has worked on all manner of projects over the last 20 years including Knopka (Russian app), Ravensbourne (identity), Almeida Theatre (identity), and others (too many!).

The studio have won a plethora of awards over this time including Design Business Assocation, American Art Directors Club, D&AD, Design Week, The Drum & others. Nick is also Awards judge and foreman at D&AD, reinventor of elderly people signs and advocate of Creative Courage, a mantra central to the Studio’s philosophy.

When :

Wednesday 27 September 2017

18:00 – 20:00

Where :

Northen Design Centre

Hawks Road

Gateshead

NE8 3DF

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Read more about NB in this interview for Eye on Design

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We couldn’t bring you the 2017 Northern Design Festival without the support of our partners. This year’s festival is supported by the following organisations, all of which champion great design.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions and develops art and culture across the country, investing public money to help bring great art and culture to everyone. This year’s Northern Design Festival is supported by Arts Council England and we are also working with the following partners.

Festival partners

Newcastle College

Newcastle College delivers art and design courses in its purpose built Mandela Building, where students have access to first class facilities including fully equipped design studios; a ceramics studio; inspiring drawing, painting and sculpture studios; a dedicated art and design library and resource area; fully equipped wood and metal workshops with CNC and laser cutting facilities; and a screen printing studio.

JUMP

JUMP is a full-service creative agency based here in the North East. As well as creating the identity for this year’s Northern Design Festival, they have worked with clients including the National Trust, the People’s Theatre and NE1.

Cleveland College of Art and Design

Cleveland College of Art and Design offers unique creative degrees supported by the highest quality of teaching and a community in which to develop as a successful artist or designer. Their unique, extensive, dedicated facilities provide students with the best opportunity to excel.

Newcastle Arts Centre

Newcastle Arts Centre Limited was founded as an arts development company in 1981. Since then it has brought back to use a group of nine abandoned buildings in the city centre, including our Festival venue The Assembly House, and has provided home for dozens of arts related companies. Newcastle Arts Centre now has 89,000 visitors a year, making it one of the most active independent arts centres in England.

Crafts Council
The Crafts Council has been supporting makers for over four decades. Their new programme is a bespoke offer of day-long or half-day learning opportunities throughout the country. Workshops strike a balance between information-led and practical training, always in a friendly, open atmosphere that encourages discussion and informal networking.

RIBA

RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture. RIBA North East acts as a co-ordinating body between chartered architects, allied building professionals and the public in the North East. The overarching aim is the advancement of architecture and the delivery of high standards of design and fitness for purpose within the built environment.

Durham Gin

This small-batch craft distillery creates hand-crafted spirits using traditional methods, for people who care about the provenance, quality, and craft of the products they consume.

Potts Print 

Potts Print (UK) delivers carbon balanced lithographic and customised digital print services to the UK & Europe from its HQ in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Ryder

Ryder’s goal is simple – to improve the quality of the world around us and, in doing so, improve people’s lives.  An approach embedded in the origins of Ryder which remains a touchstone today.

Design NOW symposium partners

Northern Design Centre

A dedicated space for creative and design-led businesses in the North East, the Northern Design Centre will host Design NOW, our inspiring design symposium.

Different

Different are a creative marketing group, specialising in brand, insight and digital marketing services. Different believe that working together, we make a difference; because nobody knows everything, but together we know a lot. Different solve complex business problems, through collaboration and smart thinking.  Headquartered in Newcastle, clients include Sky, L’Oreal and Sage.

G.F. Smith

G.F. Smith paper merchants was founded in 1885 by George Frederick Smith, a man with a singular passion for paper who sought out the finest manufacturers of his day. Today, G.F. Smith retains his passion for paper and its possibilities.

Design Source Partners

Abercrombies

Established in 1986, Abercrombies undertake interior design and decoration projects in commercial and residential areas and sectors. The Jesmond showroom is an unrivalled source of both historical and contemporary fabrics and wall coverings.

Cool Blue

This multi-award winning, integrated marketing agency believe that great design improves everything and have designed brands and campaigns for Barker & Stonehouse, Matthew Williamson, Huntsman and Story Homes, amongst others.

NBS

NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

RASKL

RASKL use their wealth of experience in design, furniture making and engineering to create bespoke design-led furniture, products and 3D solutions. Each highly unique and beautiful product is manufactured in-house.  

Architects Breakfast Partner

BoConcept

BoConcept have been designing and manufacturing furniture for more than 60 years, meaning that they respect heritage, but understands how vital it is to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. They have an outlet in Newcastle’s Fenwick’s department store with experienced professional interior designers.

A huge thank you to all of our partners who have helped to make this year’s Northern Design Festival possible.

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We are thrilled to announce the theme for this year’s Festival: Material Matters.

Now firmly established in the national design calendar, the Northern Design Festival is a showcase of the best in contemporary design by leading northern, national and international designers across graphics, furniture, fashion, illustration, architecture, ceramics, textiles and lighting.

The 2017 Festival theme is Material Matters. Director Karen Nairstone explains, “We encounter materials every day. From the fabrics of our clothes which we touch as we dress in the morning, to the buildings we pass as we walk down the street, materials inhabit in our daily life. It’s a theme which will be explored and celebrated through brand new commissions from internationally renowned designers and artists alongside work from established and up-and-coming Northern designers and creatives.”

The full programme of exhibitions, talks and special events will announced in September; highlights include:

A site-specific installation by Giles Miller Studio, this yet to be titled experimental new work will explore light and reflection and how this can be manipulated. Giles Miller Studio specialises in the development of innovative surface, sculptural and architectural works and have created award-winning work ranging in scale from individual mosaic tiles to artworks the size of buildings for clients including Stella McCartney, the Design Museum and the V&A.

A brand new exhibition by Newcastle-born graphic artist Jimmy Turrell, who has previously created work for Adidas, Beck, The Guardian and The New York Times. In 2016 Jimmy bought a job lot of 1,000 vintage books and objects on EBay, ranging from 1920s skiing manuals to vintage scrapbooks of the Norwegian royal family. He then cherry-picked the best pieces to screen-print, draw and paint onto. Unforsaken is about finding the beauty in forgotten and discarded materials and bringing them back to life in a completely new context.

The UK’s largest independent materials library, SCIN will present Material Explorations – exciting materials and material properties that have become key within architecture and design. Ranging from traditional materials that are made to look like something they are not; to everyday materials like human hair and salt which are being applied in architecture and fashion with thought-provoking results; and materials which until now were regarded as waste, given a makeover and reintroduced as unique materials for interiors and product design.

The 2017 Northern Design Festival takes place from 3-8 November at venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, including the historic Assembly House on Westgate Road in Newcastle city centre as the Festival hub. Full programme and venue details will be announced in September.

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