Design Manchester 15: Hudson Powell, Territory Studio, Stephen Morris, Northern Soul & more

Creative festival Design Manchester returns for a third year on October 14, with talks from IDEO, Hudson Powell, Territory Studio and New Order’s Stephen Morris alongside workshops, screenings and exhibitions celebrating graphics, music, film and animation.

The festival runs until October 21 and this year’s theme is ‘Know How’. Stephen Morris will be discussing New Order’s creative output and the band’s new album (which features artwork by Peter Saville) on October 15. Jon Drape, director of events company Ground Control, will also be speaking about his work on The Warehouse Project, Parklife and Festival No 6, an annual music and arts festival in Portmeirion, Wales, with journalist and DJ Luke Bainbridge.

Artwork for New Order’s latest album, Music Complete
Animation studio Factory’s work for the Clangers on CBeebies

On Monday 19 is a talk from producer Debbie Gray, music supervisor Gary Welch and head of wardrobe Yvonne Duckett about their work on Northern Soul, Elaine Constantine’s 2014 film about the 60s and 70s youth movement. Gray, Welch and Duckett will offer a look at how the film was made and how the team recreated the clothes and sounds of the era, followed by a talk from animation studio Factory, which has been working on CBeebies’ revival of the Clangers.

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Malika Favre will be giving a talk at Design Manchester on October 19

Also on Monday 19 is Design How, one of two evening events featuring designers and graphic artists talking about their work. Malika Favre, new Pentagram partners Hudson Powell and Fred Deakin will be discussing their creative processes, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

The second Design How event takes place on Tuesday October 20 and will feature talks from IDEO, Territory Studio (which created the graphics and interface for Alex Garland film Ex Machina), Ben Terrett, director of design at and Clive Grinyer, founder of design consultancy Tangerine and customer experience director at Barclays.

Territory Studio’s graphics and interface design for Alex Garland’s Ex Machina

Manchester Print Festival returns to the People’s History Museum on Saturday 17and Sunday 18 October, with 50 stalls selling artwork plus free screen printing, letterpress, badge making and collage workshops. A debate at the Whitworth on Friday 16, meanwhile, will look at design’s impact on the city of Manchester and its economy.

Other events include an exhibition from graphic artist Swifty, screenings of Northern Soul and graphic arts documentary Made You Look and Manchester in Mind, a print exhibition looking at diversity in Manchester, co-organised by mental health charity Mind.

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