12 things to do and see at the London Design Festival

With so much to see and so little time to see it, the London Design Festival can be overwhelming. So we’ve picked out a few things that we think you’ll like

Like me: Our bond with brands
Sept 19-27
An exhibition at the Design Museum created by brand consultancy Lippincott, Like Me promises to examine the bonds between people and brands to ask: who’s branding who? More here

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Johanna Basford working on her next multimillion-seller

Graphics Weekend at the V&A
Sept 19-20
We had to do this one – CR and Design Week have joined forces to present a series of talks and workshops at the V&A on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September. We have (deep breath) Europa, Johanna Basford, Craig Oldham, Spin’s Tony Brook, Adrian Shaughnessy on Unit Editions, Harry Pearce, The Beautiful Meme and Morag Myerscough. Plus workshops from The Girlhood and Sarah Hyndman. All except Morag’s talk are free. Details here

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Ladybird By Design
Sept 22-27
In celebration of 100 years of Ladybird, Ladybird by Design at the House of Illustration features over 120 original illustrations from some of the best-loved Ladybird titles. Details here

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Barnaby Barford’s Tower of Babel
Until November 1
The Tower of Babel is a six-metre high installation created by artist Barnaby Barford for the V&A in London. Consisting of 3,000 tiny ceramic London shops, the artwork aims to raise questions about consumerism, and the ever-changing face of the London high street. More here

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Patternity: Festival of Pattern
Sept 19-22
Photographer/art director Anna Murray and surface/product designer Grace Winteringham founded Patternity in 2009, initially as an archive of pattern-related images. Their LDF programme promises hands-on pattern-making workshops and exhibits, pattern–spotting field trips and engaging roundtable discussions with multidisciplinary industry specialists will dig beneath the surface of the power of the patterns that connect and unite us. More here

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Book Works: Open Studio & Bookbinding Demonstration
Sept 22
Live demonstration on the bookmaking arts at the Book Works Studio. Details here.

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Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop
September 19 and 20
Hone your brush-script skills at this intensive one-day workshop with signwriter Mike Meyer. Plus, the Sign Painters documentary will be screened on Saturday September 19 at the Roxy Bar & Screen in London SE1. Details here
 

Faye Toogood: The Cloakroom
Sept 19-27
Room 55 at the V&A becomes the titular cloakroom in this intriguing installation. Visitors will be invited to put on one of 150 coats made using textiles from Danish manufacturer Kvadrat (profiled in our October issue). Each coat has a map sewn into it which the wearer uses to track down ten of Toogood’s favourite objects in the museum. Details here

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Barber Osgerby Masterclass
Sept 21
The ever-engaging Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby will talk through some of their latest projects. Details here

#TechableTalks
Sept 22-24
Bringing some tech to the LDF, Techable will showcase products from Hive, Technology Will Save Us and Map among others. Alongside it will run #TechableTalks, a series of free talks from an impressive line-up including Yves Béhar, Bethany Koby from Technology Will Save US and Kassir Hussain of Connected Homes at British Gas. Details here

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Gig Poster Power
Sept 22-25
In an exhibition of the best gig posters, past and present, Clinic asks ‘is there room for the tangible in the world of digital?’ Details here

Bankside Ghostsigns Walk
Sept 21
Sam Roberts, founder of Ghostsigns, leads this new walk through the streets of Southwark hunting for the fading remains of painted signs from years gone by. The tour will reveal some of London’s most iconic signs, exploring the local, advertising and design history that they convey. Details here

See the full LDF programme here

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