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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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Design Event is looking for a positive, enthusiastic person with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, who is able to manage their own workload and work well as part of a team. The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for design, organising exhibitions and events and a drive to learn new skills and maximise this opportunity.

Criteria:

  • Experience of developing and installing exhibitions or events
  • Strong administrative skills
  • strong organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills including Mircrosoft office
  • 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

  • Supporting with 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 2nd August – 24th November 3 days per week with some additional days during period 1st – 8th November.

Salary is £17,000 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 13th July 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

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