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Four prolific designers will be returning to the North East this spring for a series of talks with Design Event and the Northern Design Centre.

The talks series follows on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium in October 2016 as part of the Northern Design Festival which also took place at the Northern Design Centre.

Councillor Gary Haley, Gateshead Council Cabinet Member for Economy said: “Showcasing successful design entrepreneurs is exactly the type of activity the Northern Business Centre was conceived for. It not only has high quality event spaces to host innovative and thought provoking talks like this, but it’s also home to some of the best design talent in the digital and creative sector in our region.”

First up will be Bryan Edmondson, who, after studying graphic design at Newcastle polytechnic moved to London and in 1996 established the renowned design consultancy SEA. SEA is highly regarded for its work in brand identity, strategy and art direction and over the past 20 years has worked with a range of clients such as Jamie Oliver, Matthew Williamson, EMI, and, adidas/Porsche. His work has been widely published and received recognition in both national and international awards along with the highly prestigious nomination for the Design Museum, Designs of the Year 2012.

Karen Nairstone director of Design Event said “ Its great to be working with the Northern Design Centre following on from the hugely successful Design NOW symposium which created a real buzz. We are excited to be bringing outstanding speakers to the region to share their insights”

Other designers in the series include Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire who studied at Newcastle Polytechnic and Newcastle University and went on to launch the iconic Mini Moderns in 2006, an interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, enamelware and ceramics.

Programme:

15 February 2017 – Bryan Edmondson, SEA

30 March 2017 – Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns

More to be announced..

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We are very excited to be working once again with the Crafts Council on their Hothouse Programme. As the Crafts Council’s creative and business development programme for up-and-coming makers; Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme. Over the last five years more than 200 participants have taken part in the programme with 90% of makers in 2016 stating that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.

This year the Crafts Council has partnered with 24 organisations across England and Scotland including Manchester School of Art, Craft Scotland, University of Brighton,  The National Centre for Craft and Design and Design Event. The 35 maker businesses selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality. Hothouse will further equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft business.

Participants from the North include Christina Hesford a hand-weaver based in Stockton on Tees. Her work explores the traces and experiences of humanity’s passage on Earth using materials ranging from hand-dyed silk and linen, to de-commissioned fire hoses.

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Bryan Edmondson is a British graphic designer and founder of the renowned design consultancy SEA.

After studying graphic design at Newcastle polytechnic Bryan moved to London and after working at Roundel, Williams & Phoa and Imagination he established SEA in 1996.

SEA is highly regarded for its work in brand identity, strategy and art direction and over the past 20 years has worked within a variety of sectors including luxury and lifestyle brands to cultural institutions for clients such as Jamie Oliver, Matthew Williamson, EMI, GF Smith, adidas/Porsche, W Hotel, Fedrigoni and the iconic type company Monotype.

Bryan will be discussing the development of SEA over the last twenty years and sharing insights on a range of their work.

Bryan is passionate about identity and typography which lead to the proud undertaking of an immense rebrand for the global type giants Monotype. This longstanding creative collaboration with them has helped launch the Pencil to Pixel installations in both London and New York, the Johnston 100 typeface and their London HQ with Ben Adams Architects in 2016.

His work has been widely published and received recognition in both national and international awards along with the highly prestigious nomination for the Design Museum, Designs of the Year 2012. During his career he has lectured at many UK universities and events such as D&AD, Semi Permanent (NZ), Typo Circle and the London event, 4Designers.

This talk is part of our spring design talks series in partnership with the Northern Design Centre.

When : 15th February 2017 18:00 – 20:00

Where : Northern Design Centre, Hawks Road, Gateshead, NE8 3DF

Tickets : £7.50 / students £6.00

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The 2016 Northern Design Festival has drawn to a close. It’s been a packed 10 days with exhibitions at the Assembly House, Cooper’s Studios and 11 Grey Street, some fantastic talks, tours and events, plus our first ever Design NOW symposium.

If you came to any part of this year’s festival we’d love to hear what you thought so that we can make it even better next year.

Please spare a few minutes to complete our short survey – everyone who completes one will be entered into a free prize draw* to win a tile by Electrik Sheep (shown above), the winners of this year’s award for Most Innovative Product, presented by NBS.

Complete the survey.

*A winner will be drawn at random, from everyone who completed either an online survey or a paper survey during the festival, on 4 November 2016.

NDesignFest awards

The 2016 Northern Design Festival is now well underway, with 8 exhibitions of work by more than 65 designers, makers and architects over 2 floors at the Assembly House – a Grade II* listed building not usually open to the public, only a few minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station – plus another two venues in Newcastle city centre, and a programme of special events and talks.

We were absolutely delighted to welcome our sponsors to judge and present four Awards this year. Congratulations to the winners – you can see (and buy!) their work at the Festival in the Design Event MART and also in our Pop-Up Shop, where prices start from just £2.50.

The 2016 Northern Design Festival Awards were designed and made by RASKL and Nick James.

Tickets are £2.50 for unlimited entry to exhibitions (under 18s free) and the Festival runs until Sunday 16 October. We hope to see you soon!