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We are looking for a positive, enthusiastic person with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, who shares our pasion for good design and  is able to manage their own workload and work well as part of a team. The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for design, managing exhibitions and events and a commitment to doing things well. The post is to support the Northern Design Festival which this year runs 3-8 November.

Criteria:

  • Experience of developing and installing exhibitions
  • Experience of design exhibitions – both product and graphics / illustration
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Excellent IT skills including Word and Excel
  • Design skills desirable (InDesign, Adobe Photoshop)
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent time management
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work flexible hours over the festival and install/breakdown period 23 October -17 November (festival dates are 3-8 November)
  • Methodical worker
  • Ability to carry out moderate physical tasks

CORE TASKS

Events / Exhibitions

Supporting on all aspects of events and exhibitions

  • Agreeing works for exhibitions
  • Designing exhibition layouts
  • Liaising with exhibitors and designers on delivery and collection of works
  • Managing associated admin, – loan agreements, delivery notes, condition reports
  • Exhibition installation with Design Event team.
  • Co-ordinating signage
  • Preparation of exhibition interpretation panels
  • Curating pop up shop
  • Managing retail display and information
  • Managing pop up shop stock and sales systems
  • Supporting invigilation of exhibitions and events with Design Event team

Support with logistics for talks and symposium

  • Organising travel and accommodation for speakers
  • Liaising with venue on event logistics and catering
  • Liaising with event partners

Administrative

  • General administrative support to the Design Event team
  • Liaising with event partners, designers, volunteers and venues

The post is from 17th July – 17th November 3 days per week with some additional days during period 1st – 8th November.

Salary is £17,000 – £20,000 pro rata’d dependent on experience.

To Apply :

Please send covering letter and CV outlining your skills and experience relevant to the post, to Karen Nairstone – Karen@design-event.co.uk Deadline 26th June 2017.

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Our next Design Talk is with world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching.

Alan’s career began as an apprentice compositor in 1956 and led to establishing his own design practice in London in 1973. The Typography Workshop began in Clerkenwell in 1989 and Alan’s collaboration with designer and writer Celia Stothard followed in 1994 resulting in various joint projects, teaching workshops and the purchase of letterpress materials. Together they established The Typography Workshop printroom and studio in Lambeth in 2005.

Alan was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1994. He was made Fellow of the Royal College of Art (FRCA) in 1998, and Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London) in 2001.

Through the traditional techniques of letterpress printing, employing wood and metal type, relief printing processes and an assortment of presses, Alan produces unique graphic images which have featured on postage stamps, theatre posters and billboards as well as compositions for corporate identities, magazine and book covers, and illustrations. In some instances his images have been printed as multiples in small editions.

29 June 2017

18:00 – 20:00

Northern Design Centre

Hawks Road

Gateshead

NE8 3DF

Tickets £6-£7.50 BUY TICKETS

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Design Source is a curated exhibition of the best design-led furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, ceramics, product, jewellery, fashion accessory and print-based design from across the North of England. The Exhibition is part of the Northern Design Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Northern Design Festival champions good design across disciplines including architecture, graphics, surface, product design and fashion; engaging industry, makers, individuals, students and young people in a range of events from exhibitions and installations to talks, tours and our Design NOW symposium.

We are pleased to announce the open call for submissions of work to be included in the exhibition. Design Event invites submissions of innovative and high quality design-led work from furniture, surface, textile, lighting, illustration, product, jewellery and fashion accessory designers and makers based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber.

Design Source takes over from the Design Event MART as the curated selling exhibition showcasing the best in contemporary design from the North of England. It forms the cornerstone of the Northern Design Festival, which over the last 10 years has attracted over 250,000 visitors.

The Venue

This year’s exhibition takes place in the stunning grade II* listed Assembly House in Newcastle’s city centre. In 2016 exhibiting designers had sales of over £30,000 and a number of commissioned projects with Architects and specifiers alongside private commissions. The event has received extensive coverage in regional and national press including Design Week,  Cool Hunting, Homes and Gardens, Living Etc, On Office, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Financial Times, and Guardian.

Benefits

Selected designers will receive:

  • a dedicated exhibition space from 3-8 November with a VIP opening event on 2 November
  • The opportunity to present their work to architects at the Architects’ breakfast
  • The opportunity to meet commissioners and potential buyers
  • inclusion in Design Event extensive national and regional press campaign
  • coverage through Design Event e-bulletins and social media activity
  • consideration for Design Event Awards 2017
  • 100% of sales of exhibition works made at the exhibition
  • 60% of sales of additional shop pieces
  • exposure to regional commissioners, specifiers, retailers and buyers
  • inclusion in web directory on Design Event website for 1 year

Work submitted:

– can relate to any design discipline, provided that products are design-led and have a high quality finish

– should not have been widely exhibited in the North of England or as part of previous Northern Design Festival

–must represent the designer’s original ideas and be non-derivative

Submission and Selection

Applications must be submitted by 15 May 2017

Selected designers will be informed by 10 June 2017

Selected designers must submit a high quality image of their product by 1 July 2017

How to Apply

To apply for Design Source, please produce a powerpoint presentation to the specifications below and send to karen@design-event.co.uk by 15 May 2017

Application Format

Slide 1: Personal details

Include: your name, company, telephone number, email address, website, postal address, and postcode

Slides 2-3: About you

Please tell us a little about yourself and your practice. Include information such as the materials/tools/techniques you work with, your previous projects and your particular interests/sources of inspiration

Slide 4: About your product

Please tell us about the product(s)/prototype(s) installation you propose to show.  Include:

Product name / Product type / Materials used

Making/manufacturing technique or process

Concept/ intended use

Production stage (prototype / complete?)

Any environmental/sustainability issues that your product addresses

Expected retail selling price

Any supporting process information that could be presented alongside the finished work – prototypes, material samples, sketches, models

Any further information you feel is relevant

You may submit up to 6 products/ranges for consideration, provided they meet the criteria described above. If you are submitting more than one product/range for consideration, please provide a separate block of information about each

Slide 5: Other exhibition experience/press. Please list :

any exhibitions your work has been featured in over the last 24 months.

any press coverage that your work has received in the last 24 months

any exhibitions that your work is due to feature in before November 2017

Slide 6-11: Images

Please supply a maximum of 6 different images of your product(s).  If your products are still in development, good quality sketches or CAD images are acceptable.

Please only supply images to which you hold the copyright or rights for reproduction and ensure details of the photographer are clearly stated, if necessary.

Please note: Design Event will assume any photography supplied to us will have your copyright permission to use for press/reproduction purposes. If your work is selected, product images supplied may also be used on Design Event website or other promotional material.

The exhibitor is responsible for any copyright issues which may arise from publication.

Terms and conditions

  1. Design Event will cover the costs of the exhibition including exhibition build, graphics, promotion, staffing.
  2. Design Event will undertake a national and regional PR campaign
  3. Design Event will design, curate and install the exhibition
  4. Designers will be able to show up to 7 products (selected by Design Event) and have selected products available for sale in a pop-up shop alongside
  5. All products exhibited and available for sale will be selected and displayed by Design Event
  6. Exhibiting designers will be required to pay an exhibitor fee of £175.  Full payment or a 50% instalment of the fee must be paid within 6 weeks of receiving an offer to exhibit.
  7. We have a small number of bursaries for designers in their first 3 years of practice at £100 each.
  8. Exhibiting designers will retain 100% of sales of exhibition pieces made as part of the exhibition. Additional pieces may be selected for the pop up shop and Design Event will take 40% commission on these additional selected pieces.
  9. Exhibiting designers will be responsible for bringing their products to the exhibition venue and removing them at the close of the exhibition at dates and times agreed with Design Event
  10. Exhibiting designers will be responsible for providing images of their work and information on themselves and their practice for marketing and interpretation purposes.  This information is to be provided in a timely manner and in the specified format
  11. If possible exhibitors will be present for the duration of the exhibition.
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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.

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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Often described as ‘cult Brit homewares brand’,Mini Moderns was established in 2006 byLondon based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire.
The brand specialises in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers,fabrics, cushions, bedding and ceramics. A recently launched colour collection made from recycled paint complements the growing range.

The duo’s design influences encompass mid-century British textiles, ceramics and collectibles. Sharing a passion for social history, their work is often informed by childhood memories, literature and travel. As well as launching their own collections,
Mini Moderns work on a number of commissions, including recent collaborations with the Courtauld Gallery, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and the London Transport Museum.

They uniquely create ‘pattern with a story’ where all their pattern designs are created with a strong personal narrative.

Mark and Keith’s collective design experience spans fashion, product and interiors, as well as corporate branding and design. Keith’s graphic design degree took him into the world of fashion, where he held senior creative roles at Pepe Jeans London, Dr Martens and Red or Dead. Mark’s journey took a more circuitous route. Armed with a degree in English Literature, he worked in publishing and children’s television before establishing himself as a designer maker, eventually sidestepping into branding. The pair met whilst working in a London branding and design agency.
Finding the world of corporate design too restrictive, Mark and Keith followed their joint passion for interiors, reigniting people’s interest in wallpaper design with their first collection. What was originally intended as a creative outlet quickly established itself as a successful business, and Mini Moderns now sells throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

Key to the brand’s success are the long term relationships forged with trusted suppliers, helping to support UK business whenever possible. Products created in this way bear the standard: ‘Made in the UK by nice people’. Recently the design duo have worked with licence partners such as Wild & Wolf, Ulster Weavers, The Window Film Company, Vlaze, John Lewis and KMI Brands.

The brand has just celebrated ‘10 years of Pattern with a Story’, and Keith and Mark will be talking about the development of Mini Moderns from its launch in 2006 to the iconic brand it is today.

When : 30 March 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!

Head Carrier artwork credit Vaughan Oliver & Ian Pollock

Legendary US rock band Pixies release their hotly anticipated new album Head Carrier today, and next week artwork for the record by long-time collaborator Vaughan Oliver will go on display for the first time at the 2016 Northern Design Festival in Newcastle.

Born in Sedgefield, County Durham, Oliver studied at Northumbria University (then Newcastle Polytechnic) and is best known for his iconic covers for albums by influential artists such as the Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses and, of course, the Pixies, with his striking cover for their 1989 album, Doolittle making the Guardian’s list of greatest record sleeves of all time.

He explains, “Working with the Pixies over the last 30 years has always been full of natural inspiration for me as art director and designer. Their lyrics are packed with strange and wonderful imagery and their music delivers all on a visceral salver.

With their last album I started collaborating with Ian Pollock who was able to bring characters in the songs to terrible life. Charles (Pixies’ creative lead otherwise known as Black Francis/Frank Black) gave me a bag full of lyrics and briefed Ian and myself with plenty of space to interpret. Charles likes the fact that his work goes through my filter and also Ian’s. Ian spewed out his art. I commented, guided and myself and Joshua Price (my current intern form University of Greenwich) collaged the package together. Joshua added some wooden lettering he’d designed and shot so it was all very collaborative.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to see artwork for the deluxe album set alongside work by nine other internationally renowned designers at the Assembly House on Westgate Road in Newcastle as part of graphics exhibition, Where Do Ideas Come From?  Split across ten themes including Pattern, Process, Typography, Pop Culture and Visual Puns, the exhibition features the work of leading graphic designers and image makers presented alongside unique insights into their inspirations and creative process.

As well as Vaughan Oliver, whose work spans music, fashion and film, Where Do Ideas Come From? will include witty double-take images by award-winning international artist, Noma Bar; Prototypes by Chrissie Macdonald – inspired by her interest in kinetic devices and inventions, particularly fictional ones in films from her childhood like Weird Science, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and E.T.; WallpaperSTORE* Packaging Design by A Practice for Everyday Life; Maps by typographer Alan Kitching highlighting places he has lived, worked and visited, offering a very personal journey; and a series for Cass Art pads by Pentagram’s Angus Hyland where each cover is used as a space to ex- plore the medium that is intended to be used on that particular pad. The exhibition is supported by Newcastle creative agency, JUMP.

Where Do Ideas Come From? is one of eight exhibitions at this year’s Northern Design Festival – 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. Ranging from Turner Prize winners to some of the UK’s hottest emerging makers, it features work by more than 65 designers and architects, plus a programme of special events, tours and talks including the inaugural Design NOW symposium on 7 October.

The 2016 Northern Design Festival takes place from 7-16 October at venues in Newcastle and Gateshead. Download a brochure or browse the programme to find out what’s on or to book tickets online.

Dan Ziglam and Elliot Brook of Deadgood Ltd

The North East’s design, architecture and creative businesses will come together at the region’s inaugural Design NOW symposium, taking place in Gateshead on 7 October.

Organised as part of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, the symposium will see some of the most influential names in the UK design industry give insights into their creativity and practice. Speakers include the 2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble, internationally-renowned artist Noma Bar and Newcastle-based design brand Deadgood.

Dan Ziglam, CEO of Deadgood Ltd, said: “The Deadgood brand has its roots in the North East so it’s fantastic for us to be a part of this event, speaking alongside some of the biggest names in design today. The region’s creative sector is going from strength to strength so it’s appropriate that this celebration of good design takes place here.”

Deadgood Ltd was established by Northumbria University 3D design graduates Dan Ziglam and Elliot Brook. The firm produces a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products, working with clients including Tyneside Cinema, The Core and the Toffee Factory in Newcastle, as well as producing interiors for venues across the UK and Europe.

The symposium will be moderated by graphic designer, writer and Senior Tutor in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, Adrian Shaughnessy. The line-up is completed by Angus Hyland, partner at the world’s largest independent design consultancy, Pentagram; and Liv Taylor, Head of Research at PATTERNITY which is the world’s leading specialist organisation dedicated solely to pattern.

Karen Nairstone, Director of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, said: “The North East has firmly established itself as a real hotbed of creativity. We’ve seen a marked increase in recent years in the number of design, architecture and creative businesses choosing the North East as their base so it makes sense that a symposium like Design NOW, which will bring together the leading lights of the industry, takes place in Gateshead.”

The Northern Design Centre in Gateshead, which is home to many of the region’s creative and design-led businesses, is hosting the Design NOW symposium.

Gateshead Councillor Gary Haley, Cabinet Member for Economy said: “Northern Design Centre is not only the place to find some of the region’s hottest design talent but it’s also a regional resource for industry to learn about what good design looks like and how it can drive and sustain business growth.

“We are thrilled to work with the Northern Design Festival again and host the Design NOW symposium, where our world class speakers will share their experience on the value good design brings.

The visual identity for the 2016 Northern Design Festival was created by Newcastle’s JUMP, a full-service creative agency which has recently announced new contract wins with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Design NOW symposium is on Friday 7 October at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead. It is part of the 2016 Northern Design Festival, which takes place from 7 to 16 October at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Click here to find out more and book tickets for Design NOW. 

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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.

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. Ranging from Turner Prize winners to some of the UK’s hottest emerging makers, this year’s Festival has eight exhibitions featuring work by more than 65 designers and architects, plus a programme of special events, tours and talks from some of the world’s leading creatives. The 2016 Northern Design Festival opens on 7 October with the inaugural Design NOW symposium with a stellar line-up of speakers.

The opportunity

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

For this year’s Festival we are looking for dedicated, 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, enhancing their overall experience whilst improving your own knowledge of design.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions, what’s involved in organising events and to develop your communication skills. Northern Design Festival is ultimately a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, learn more about leading designers and what sparks their imagination. Furthermore, all exhibitions are housed in historic hidden gem locations in and around the city that are otherwise rarely open to the general public!

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 role will be best tailored to your interests and previous experience
  • You will gain insight into the work of some of the UK’s best designers
  • You’ll get a sneak preview of our stunning Festival venues
  • 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 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 the following survey: click here

Please complete this online application as soon as possible, and no later than 21st September 2016. If you have any questions please email Zoe @ marketing@design-event.co.uk.

The Assembly House at night

For this year’s Northern Design Festival we’ve partnered with a range of organisations which all have design at the heart of their work.

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.

BoConcept – BoConcept have been designing and manufacturing furniture for more than 60 years and have an outlet in Newcastle’s Fenwick’s department store. BoConcept’s iconic Imola chair, inspired by the lines of a tennis ball, will be on show at The Assembly House during the Festival.

Cleveland College of Art and Design – The leading provider of specialist creative art and design degrees in the North, 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.

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.

Crafts Council UK – The Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme supports talented new makers at the start of their career and at this year’s Northern Design Festival we will host an exhibition showcasing a selection of work by these emerging talents.

Durham Distillery – 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.

Formica Group – A globally recognised brand, Formica Group works closely with architects, designers and developers to provide surfacing solutions for commercial and residential use. With more than 100 years of history behind it, the company’s ongoing product design and development process underscores its commitment to innovation.

GF Smith – GF 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, GF Smith retains his passion for paper and its possibilities.

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.

NBS – NBS is leading a changing industry and is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals. NBS is driving the digital evolution in construction right here in the heart of Newcastle, with over 180 staff located within the historic Grade II listed Old Post Office building on St Nicholas Street.

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 inaugural design symposium.

RIBA – RIBA champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture. This year’s Northern Design Festival will explore the importance of drawing in architecture through a series of sketches and technical drawings by RIBA members.

Wylam Brewery – Founded in 2000, Wylam Brewery is now housed in the Palace of the Arts in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, the last remaining building from the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition. Alongside the Brewery is the Brewery Tap and the Grand Hall which plays host to live music and events.

xsite Architecture– Newcastle-based xsite Architecture take a design-led approach to their architectural, urban design and design consultancy services. They’ve presented commissions for NewcastleGateshead’s spectacular Winter Festival and created spaces including Tyneside Cinema’s new bar café and Newcastle’s Toffee Factory.

Thanks to all our partners and sponsors, who have helped to make this year’s celebration of good design happen.

The Northern Design Festival 2016 takes place from 7 to 16 October in Newcastle and Gateshead. Tickets are already available for the inaugural Design NOW one-day symposium.

Book tickets now for Design NOW