Manchester [Design] City

DM16, Manchester’s festival of design and creativity, returns from 12-23 October with talks, exhibitions, workshops, films and more

Now in its fourth year, the Design Manchester festival (whose organisers we wrote about recently here) brings together a broad spectrum of the creative and design worlds to discuss and showcase its work throughout the city.


This year’s event, in partnership with the Co-op, takes the theme Design City and “will celebrate the part design plays in making Manchester and other cities across the world great to live in,” say the organisers. “It will look at culture, music, media, architecture, digital art, design studios, animation, film and theatre, putting a spotlight on a new design-conscious generation and the return of craft in everything from beer to print and the culture of making.”

OxfordBrookes signage by Alexandra Wood/Holmes Wood
Oxford Brookes signage by Alexandra Wood/Holmes Wood

The one-day Design City Conference on 13 October, chaired by CR’s Patrick Burgoyne, includes talks from multidisciplinary interaction designer Jason Bruges, immersive tech artists FIELD, wayfinding and graphic designer Alexandra Wood, Dutch design collective Trapped in Suburbia and Warner Bros.’ senior VP of creative affairs and head of Blue Ribbon content Peter Girardi.

A Design City Film Season will have screenings of ‘films with design at their heart’. Each one will be introduced by an expert in its design to give insight into the creative process and its impact on the finished work. Writer Alice Rawsthorn will discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, and how it is unimaginable without Saul Bass’ groundbreaking title sequence. Whilst Dr. Strangelove, featuring the production design of Ken Adam, will be introduced by Sir Christopher Frayling.

Last year's Manchester Design Fair
Last year’s Manchester Design Fair
Alan Kitching in his letterpress workshop
Alan Kitching in his letterpress workshop

Also featuring will be The Design City Fair (supported by GF Smith) which will host stalls from over 100 creatives with affordable works for sale, Women in Print, an exhibition of work by a host of local designers, print-makers and illustrators that celebrates the life and achievements of iconic female figures, and the touring Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress show.

For full details and tickets see here

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