LDF 2016: Talks and workshops

London Design Festival kicks off this weekend with hundreds of events taking place across the capital. Here’s our pick of talks and workshops

Re-imagining Urban Life

Jeremy Deller’s B£5 note. The Brixton Pound was set up to support local businesses and is accepted by 250 traders in the area.

Brixton is home to several events and installations during LDF: local makers will be selling their products at the Crafty Fox Market on September 17 and 18, Dalton Maag is hosting an experimental typography workshop on September 24 and architecture practice Squire and Partners has created an interactive street gallery. There will also be walks, talks and sculptures.

This free panel discussion by Impact Hub will look at building more autonomous and sustainable futures for communities in areas undergoing rapid regeneration.

Speakers include Bex Trevalyan of the Library of Things, a south London community space where people can borrow items such as tools and learn how to use them; Seb Wood of Urban Growth, which provides gardening jobs for vulnerable people and turns neglected city spaces into gardens; Mark Johnson of The Remakery, a space which provides people with tools to transform waste objects and materials into new products; and Tom Shakli from the Brixton Pound – the capital’s only local currency.

Tuesday 20 September, 18.30 – 21.00

Impact Hub, Pop Brixton, 49 Station Road, Brixton SW9


Designing for Small, Urban Spaces

Image: Furniture brand Made is hosting a discussion on designing for small urban spaces
Image: Furniture brand Made is hosting a discussion on designing for small urban spaces

Ruth Wasserman, head of design at furniture brand Made.com and Suzanne Imre, editor in chief of Living Etc magazine, will join a panel discussing the increasing number of people living in urban spaces and the effect this is having on design and consumption.

Tuesday 20 September, 13:30 – 14:30

The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, V&A Museum

Tickets: £10


The Future of Makers Living in London

The New Craftsmen's Mayfair Showroom. Image: The New Craftsmen
The New Craftsmen’s Mayfair Showroom. Image: The New Craftsmen

Working in London has obvious advantages – but rising rents and a lack of affordable studio space are posing a threat to the city’s status as the UK’s creative capital.

In this free talk, Mark Henderson, co-founder of Mayfair concept store The New Craftsmen, will join designer Lola Ley and Charles Armstrong, founder of fashion incubator The Trampery, to discuss the challenges facing creative companies based in London – and how these challenges might impact the capital in the future.

The talk will also look at the results of a craft industry survey carried out by The New Craftsmen earlier this year.

Tuesday 20 September, 11-12.30

V&A Museum, London

Tickets: free (no booking required)

Nest Labs: reinventing unloved products

Nest Cam indoor security camera
The Nest Cam indoor security camera. Designer Rocky Jacobs will be talking about the company’s products and design approach in a free talk at the V&A Museum

Rocky Jacobs is head of industrial design at domestic technology company Nest Labs. In this ‘interactive’ talk, he will explain the design process behind the company’s connected smoke alarms, thermostats and security cameras.

Friday 23 September, 17.30 – 18.30

V&A Museum

Tickets: Free (no booking required)

Recent graduate? How to market yourself digitally on zero budget

A team of journalists from creative network Arts Thread will give advice on marketing yourself and your creative business through websites, online portfolios, newsletters and social media. Joining the workshop will be freelance illustrator Ben Tallon and Nick Chubb, a product designer at design consultancy IDC and former designer at Mamas & Papas

Friday 23 September, 7.30pm – 8.15pm, 8.15pm – 8.45pm option for one-to-one advice

V&A Museum

Tickets: Free (no booking required)

How to be Creative & Successful when you are Dyslexic

Window displays for the Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio by Kristjana S Williams
Window displays for the Belmond Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio by Kristjana S Williams. Williams will join a panel discussion on dyslexia at designjunction

Grant Gibson will chair this discussion panel hosted by Design Week at designjunction in King’s Cross. Artist Kristjana S Williams, writer Margaret Rooke, furniture designer Tom Raffield and industrial designer Terence Woodgate will discuss being dyslexic and the challenges – and advantages – it has brought to their work.

The talk supports an exhibition at designjunction celebrating work by dyslexic designers.

Saturday 24 September, 17.00 – 18.00



Create! Careers advice with Felix de Pass and Fraser Muggeridge

Fraser Muggeridge's poster for Daniel and Matthew Wolfe's film Catch Me Daddy
Fraser Muggeridge’s poster for Daniel and Matthew Wolfe’s film Catch Me Daddy. Muggeridge will be joining Jane Francis and Felix de Pass to offer careers advice to 16-24-year-olds at the V&A on Saturday 17 September

Product and industrial designer Felix de Pass; graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge and fashion designer and lecturer Jane Francis will offer one-to-one careers advice in this free session for 16-24-year-olds. You’re welcome to bring portfolios and there’s no need to book – just drop in between 11am and 4pm.

Saturday 17 September, 11am-4pm

V&A Museum

Tickets: Free (no booking required)

Decorate ceramics with Camille Walala

Camille Walala bold graphic prints
Camille Walala is hosting two two-hour ceramics workshops in Clerkenwell as part of Design Undefined. Tickets cost £15

Camille Walala has applied her colourful Memphis-inspired prints to everything from cushions to buildings.

As part of Clerkenwell event Design Undefined, she will be hosting two two-hour ceramics workshops. Plant pots and paints will be provided, along with drinks and snacks.

Saturday 17 September, 10.00 -12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00

Clerkenwell London, 155 Farringdon Road EC1R 3AD

Tickets: £15


Upcycle with Yinka Ilori


Learn how to ‘upcycle’ a chair and turn it into a colourful work of art in this four-hour workshop with designer Yinka Ilori. You can bring your own chair or have one provided for an extra £25.

Saturday 24 September, 10.00 – 14.00

Retail Space, Clerkenwell London, 155 Farringdon Road

Tickets: £50 – 75


Prototype at Fab Lab

Fab Lab London is hosting a prototyping workshop. Image: Fab Lab
Fab Lab London is hosting a prototyping workshop. Image by Crusoe Weston via Fab Lab

Innovation and design professor Cyrille Najjar and Fab Lab London co-founder Andrew Gregson will help designers turn their ideas into prototypes in this six-hour workshop. Come with an idea of what you want to create and you can make a prototype on the day with the help of staff from Fab Lab and design agency White sur White.

1 Frederick’s Place, Fab Lab London, EC2R 8AE

Tickets: £83.59


Barbara Chandler #DirePR and #AspirePR

In one of a series of talks taking place at Designersblock this weekend, photographer and Evening Standard journalist Barbara Chandler will share her experience of the best and worst design promotion activity she has come across in her career. She will also be offering tips and advice for those in the industry

Saturday, 17 September, 14.00

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower SE1 9PH

Tickets: Free (register at verydesignersblock.com)

Photography Workshop with Yeshen Venema

Photographer Yeshen Venema will be offering advice on shooting products and objects at Designersblock – visitors can bring along anything they’d like to photograph, from homeware to ceramics and jewellery.

Saturday, 17 September, 12.00 – 18.00

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower SE1 9PH

Tickets: Free (register at verydesignersblock.com)

Justine Fox ‘Considering Colour – Not Another Pink Razor’ 

Colour consultant Justine Fox will be discussing how colour can add value to brands, products and architecture – and how we interpret different shades. She will also be taking questions in a 30-minute Q&A session and offering feedback on colours.

Saturday, 17 September, 13.00

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower SE1 9PH

Tickets: Free (register at verydesignersblock.com)

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