Design Manchester announces 2018 conference speakers

Design Manchester is back and promises to be bigger than ever this year, with a one-day conference taking place in the city’s Bridgewater Hall

Design Manchester was founded in 2013 and has since become one of the biggest creative events north of the M25. (Over 70,000 people attended in 2017.) The event programme includes exhibitions, workshops, a print fair and a one-day conference with speakers from across the design industry.

This year’s festival runs from 11-21 October. The conference will take place on October 19 at the Bridgewater Hall and will feature talks on the theme of ‘D(isrupt)M: Transformation by Design’.

Speakers announced so far include Morag Myerscough (one of CR’s Creative Leaders 50); graphic designer and printmaker Anthony Burrill; Liza Enebeis, Creative Director of Studio Dumbar; Kate Dawkins, the designer and director behind last year’s stunning projection mapped artwork marking the Passchendaele Centenary; and Ben Wright, co-founder of Design Studio. It is hosted by CR Editor Patrick Burgoyne.

The conference will span the entire venue, with five separate areas. One will be dedicated to an interactive project around the theme of protest (created in collaboration with Patrick Thomas) and another will host an interactive project from Studio DDB which promises “honest confessions from disgruntled creatives”. Ladies, Wine & Design will host talks, workshops and Q&As in the Bridgewater’s Barbirolli Room and the conference is followed by evening event DM Social.

The full line-up will be announced later in the year and you can find out more about the festival at

Conference tickets will be on sale from 1pm on Monday 30 July. Early bird tickets are £48 (£30 for students and concessions) and full price tickets are £90 (£60 for students/concessions).


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