The London Design Festival – some highlights…

Starting tomorrow, The London Design Festival encompasses an impressive array of creative events, talks, installations and exhibitions taking place across the capital over a seven day period. Here’s a list of highlights…

Above: Jaime Hayón’s huge chess set will be set up in Trafalgar square throughout The London Design Festival

Starting tomorrow, The London Design Festival encompasses an impressive array of creative events, talks, installations and exhibitions taking place across the capital. We thought we’d put together a list of highlights of the forthcoming week’s activities – focusing on the more graphic (rather than product) design-led events…

September 19 – September 27
London Posters
curated by Pentagram

Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa and Sir John Sorrell, chairman of the London Design Festival, have commissioned 20 UK-based graphic designers to create posters with a London theme for this year’s event. The posters will be on display in the V&A’s Sackler Centre during the festival. The 20 designers who have produced a poster for the project are: Alan Aboud, Alan Kitching, Angus Hyland, Bibliothèque, Jonathan Ellery, Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell of fuel, Derek and Fred Birdsall, Fernando Gutiérrez, Henrik Kubel, Jeremy Leslie, Matt Willey, Michael Wolff, Mike Dempsey, Nick Bell, Morag Myerscough (her poster shown above),  Quentin Newark, Studio Frith (shown below), Tom Hingston Studio, Tony Brook and Andy Altmann.

10am-5.45pm daily; 10am-10pm, Friday

Victoria and Albert Museum
Sackler Centre
Cromwell Road

For a chance to win two of the posters, check out the gallery page in our October issue (out next week).

Full details of the show:


September 20 – 25
Central Saint Martins

The Up All Night exhibition showcases student work from various courses including MA Communication Design, MA Design; Ceramics, Furniture or Jewellery.

10am-6pm Mon-Friday


Innovation Centre
Proctor Street
Red Lion Square
London WC1B 4AP


September 21 – 27
It’s Nice That / The Dock

It’s Nice That preview their second publication at Portobello’s White House as part of The Dock.

10am-6pm, Mon – Sat; 10am – 4pm, Sunday

The Dock
Portobello Dock
334 Ladbroke Grove
W10 5BU

More details at


September 22
Panel discussion on copyright issues in art and advertising

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Own-it has invited a panel of experts from advertising and film-making to discuss inspiration & copyright issues. Chaired by CR’s own Eliza Williams.

On the panel:

Charles Swan, head of Swan Turton’s Advertising & Marketing and Photography & Visual Arts Groups; Johnny Hardstaff and Matt Smith, director of strategy at The Viral Factory

Admission is free, however places are limited. To reserve your place you must register and book via the Own-it website:

Full details here:


September 22-27
MAKER DIFFERENCE – Pop-up Letterpress studio
Cockpit Arts And SORT (The Society of Revisionist Typographers)

Watch SORT design and print bespoke books, cards and curios using antique letterpresses and try your hand at printing…

11am-6pm, Tues & Wed, Fri& Sat
12pm-8pm, Thurs; 12pm-2pm, Sun

3 Lowndes Court
Newburgh Quarter
London W1F 7HD

Full details at:


September 10 – October 2
Embassy of Brazil

An exhibition by three up-and-coming Brazillian illustrators: Bruno Kurru, Wagner Pinto and Eduardo Recife

Gallery 32
32 Green Street

Full details here:


September 22-24
Grafik presents Olympik

Olympik celebrates the rich relationship between graphic design and the Olympic Games. To celebrate London hosting the 2012 games, Grafik magazine has commissioned thirty-nine of the UK’s most talented designers to create a poster interpreting an Olympic sport or discipline. 39 Sports, 39 Designers, 39 Posters. The project is a collaboration between Grafik, SEA Design, GF Smith and Team Impression.

10am-6.30pm daily

The German Gymnasium
26 St Pancras Road

Find out more at


September 21-25
Greengaged at the Design Council

Each day for five days a different expert curates a day looking at green issues in design. The five curators are Ed Gillespie, Founder of Futerra and slow travel expert; John Grant, author of The Green Marketing Manifesto and former co-founder of St Luke’s agency; Michael Pawlyn, founder of Exploration Architechture; Dan Epstein, head of sustainability and regeneratio, Olympic Deliver Authority; and Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest with Anna Gerber, design critic.

9am-10pm Mon-Friday

Design Council
3rd Floor
34 Bow Street

Free but registration is needed. Visit to book

More details at


September 19-23
The Tournament: An installation by Jaime Hayón

For this year’s London Design Festival, designer Jaime Hayón creates a giant interactive chess board in Trafalgar Square. The chess pieces have been inspired by iconic London buildings – their domes and spires. Each of the 32 chess pieces has been handcrafted by Hayón, working wiht Bosa, the Italian ceramics experts in Veneto, Italy. The Tournament Team move the two metre-high creramic chess pieces across a specially built glass mosaic chess board. Seated upon elevated platforms, contestants from the English Chess Federation and members of the public will battle it out over the five days to become The Tournament champion.

10am-6pm daily

Trafalgar Square
London SW1 Y 5BJ

Full details at


September 17 – December 22
Somerset House presents
SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution

Major new exhibition by SHOWstudio, the award-winning fashion website founded by Nick Knight.

10am-6pm, Sun-Wed; 10am-9pm, Thurs & Fri

Embankment Galleries
Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA

Book online at

More info at


September 19- October  3
The Outer Limit – Beyond Zone One
Transport For London

Winning poster designs that celebrate life outside London’s city centre go on temporary display… Featured work is a selection of the best poster entries from TFL’s summer poster design competition. All exhibited designs will be available as print to order posters at the London Transport Museum’s online shop at

10am-6pm, Sat-Thurs; 11am-6pm, Fri

London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
London WC2E 7BB

tickets: Adults £10.00*; Senior citizens £8.00*; Students £6.00*; Under 16s free. (* includes voluntary Gift Aid donation)

Full deets at–-beyond-zone-one


September 21-27
Creative [SIN]ergy

Creative [SIN]ergy presents A6 /future/, a collaboration between 22 illustrators from both Singapore and the UK.

10am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 12pm-5pm, Sat &Sun

Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London E2 7JB

More deets at


September 19 – October 3
There’s No Place Like Home
Ella Doran

Showcase of ‘one off’ placemats designed by artists, designers and illustrators including Rob Ryan, Michael Marriott, Sharon Elphick and Martin Parr. The show will open on Saturday September 19 with a tea party from 2pm-5pm and the sets of placemats will be sold through a silent auction that will close on October 3. All profits go to Shelter.

10am-6pm, Wed-Fri; 12pm-5pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun

Ella Doran Shop
46 Cheshire Street
E2 6EH

Full details here:


September 11 – October 31
Kemistry Gallery

Curated by regular CR contributor Rick Poynor, Typographica is an exhibition dedicated to the eponymous groundbreaking and now legendary graphic design journal which ran from 1949 to 1967.

10am-5pm, Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm, Sun

Kemistry Gallery
43 Charlotte Road

Full details:


September 24
i-Design one day conference

i-Design is a one day conference and showcase for anyone with an interest or passion for interactive design and the digital arts. The programme aims to inspire, entertain and explore how our digital future looks set to unfold and the central role interactive design will take in our cultural, work and social life. Events include:

5D: The Future of Immersive Design Panel – an exclusive session on immersive experience design will be convened by the 5D Conference team, flying in from Los Angeles.

Speakers include Nic Roope, Adrian Shaughnessy, Desiree Collier, Andrew Chitty, Bill Thompson, David Taylor, Tali Krakowsky, Martyn Ware, Andrew Shoben and more

Alongside the conference there will be screenings of new work from Onedotzero, an exhibition of interactive work curated by Cybersonica and a Future of Sound panel


The Old Cinema
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street

The event requires pre-registration at

Full details here:

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