Design NOW Symposium

Join some of the UK’s leading creative talent for an insight into their work, inspirations and creative practices.


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.

Adam Clarke:  Adam will be speaking about New Boosbeck Industries, a social enterprise which encourages people to work together to design and build furniture. Find out how the project is inspired by a 1930s inititiative that aimed to address unemployment through creativity.

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-5.30pm

Professionals £65, Students £40, Early Bird (book by 10 October) £53.

Group offer – book 5 tickets for you and your team and save £5 per person (tickets £60pp).

Booking required – click here to book online.