London gets Point

May 2013 will see the launch of a new design conference for London. Point aims “to celebrate excellence in design and its influence on contemporary culture and society”

May 2013 will see the launch of a new two-day design conference for London. With over 40 speakers, Point aims “to celebrate excellence in design and its influence on contemporary culture and society”

The conference is the brainchild of Tim and Georgia Fendley and Robin Richmond – the same team who put together Typo London last year. They have decided to branch out on their own to set up Point which, they hope, will explore “the power and value of great design, investigating such topics as design for society, investing in design and brave design that has the power to change the rules”.

The theme for the event is Authenticity. Confirmed speakers so far include Milton Glaser (I Love New York logo above), Morag Myerscough, Nicolas Roope of Poke, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby (designers of the 2012 Olympic torch among other things), Andy Altmann and Gordon Young (of Comedy Carpet fame), and Lucienne Roberts (below).

Richmond says that he and the Fendleys will be applying the lessons learned from Typo to produce an event aimed at as wide an audience as possible.

“Last year we brought the Typo conference to London for the first time, we had great support, learnt a lot in the process and thanks to the feedback of delegates and Creative Review readers we have been able to refine our approach for the creation of Point,” he says. “We have kept ticket prices as low as possible [less than half the cost of Typo London last year, although a day shorter] so we can welcome a diverse group of delegates. We are presenting a wide range of creative disciplines and fielding established speakers as well as new talent, we have added more workshops, screenings and small auditorium presentations as well as the headline speakers on the main stage. We will be sharing news, speaker portfolios and opinion on the Point conference website throughout the year and are delighted to have the support of such a great team of writers and critics.”

Point will run from May 2 to 3 2013 at the Institute of Education, London WC1. Early bird tickets are £300 or £180 for students for the two days.

Details here



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