Design NOW symposium

A one-day symposium offering insights and inspiration from the UK’s leading creatives.

With so much visual noise around us how can we step back and look at things differently to find new inspirations? What value can good design bring? Design NOW invites some of the UK’s leading creative talent to discuss their work, inspirations and creative practices.

Curated by Design Event, and supported by the Northern Design Centre, this symposium invites designers, journalists and curators to give insight into their inspirations, creativity and working practice.

We’re delighted to announce that the symposium will be moderated by graphic designer, writer and Senior Tutor in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art,  Adrian Shaughnessy. Adrian will be joined by a line-up of speakers featuring some of the leading names in design today:


Assemble – Last year Assemble took the art world by storm when they won the 2015 Turner Prize for their innovative Granby Four Streets project working with a community in Liverpool.

Noma Bar – International award-winning artist Noma Bar is renowned for his ability to see things differently, and his use of negative space to create witty double-take images. He was nominated for the Design Museum’s prestigious Designs of the Year Awards 2012.

Angus Hyland – Angus Hyland is a graphic designer, author and creative director. In 1998 he became a partner at Pentagram and he has received over a hundred creative awards.

Deadgood – Deadgood’s vision is to develop one of the world’s leading design brands, recognised for developing a cutting edge collection of furniture, lighting and interior products.

PATTERNITY – With a belief in the power of the visual to communicate complex ideas simply, Liv Taylor is Head of Research at PATTERNITY, dedicated to inspiring positive living through pattern research, design and experience.

Friday October 7, 10:30 – 17:00

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

Tickets: Professional £65, students £40 (includes a brown bag lunch and a goody bag). 

Book tickets online.

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