Alice Rawsthorn – Design as an Attitude

Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives – and it has never been more exciting. At a time when so many aspects of our lives are changing at a relentless speed on an unprecedented scale, design is increasingly seen as a way to help us benefit from the opportunities created by those changes (and to avoid their dangers).

Design is responding to an age of intense economic, political and ecological instability with resourcefulness and creativity. Public interest is soaring as a new generation of designers is using advanced technologies to pursue their political and environmental objectives in increasingly ambitious projects, as well as to reinvent the objects and spaces we use every day.

Alice Rawsthorn, award-winning design critic, demystifies the field, exploring the most dynamic developments in contemporary design and assessing their impact on our lives now and in the future. From book-making to social design, from the craft revival to design’s gender politics, she offers a comprehensive survey of design today.

When – Tuesday 19 June 2018 – 19:00-20:00
Where – FoI at Waterstones

Industry Insights: Power, Protest & Participation

How might graphic design be used to stabilise or dissent, provoke political action and empower communities? Can graphic design shape or even dictate politics? Are graphic designers effective activists?

This Industry Insights event co-hosted by the Graphic Communication Design Programme at Central Saint Martins is an opportunity to explore some of the core themes emerging from our exhibition Hope to Nope: Graphics & Politics 2008-2018.

Featuring talks and provocations from designers whose work is included in the exhibition and a special introduction from the show’s curatorial team, this event aims to open up new ways of thinking about and engaging graphic design as a tool for power, protest & participation.

Prepare to participate!

When – 25th April 15:00 – 17:30

Where – The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG.

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Doing Good Design // Design Doing Good

For many people, there’s so much more to design than just making the world a prettier and more functional place to live. This one-night celebration focuses on agencies and organisations that are changing the world through their creativity. Creative people that make a meaningful difference to charities, make fundraising fun, protest with print and design for change.

Join us at Arnolfini for an evening with Algy Batten from the Art of Ping Pong, Brighton design studio, Baxter & Bailey and Sue Hornsby, Head of Creative at NSPCC as we explore the themes of social impact, behaviour change and activism.


When –  Wednesday 30th May, 19:00 – 21:00

Where – Arnolfini, Bristol

How Much – £15 // £13 conc.

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WEDF: Blood, Sweat and Tea, a Talk by Jack Renwick

Jack Renwick is a multi-award winning designer who runs a creative branding agency based in London with 9 designers. She has worked on a huge variety of projects over the past 19 years for clients including Amnesty International, British Heart Foundation, eBay, BBC, Nokia, Royal Mail and Stella McCartney and received recognition from nearly all of the world’s most prestigious awards.

Jack will be sharing creative anecdotes, insights into her practice, the stories behind some of her favourite projects and why her studio has a fab neon sign reminding everyone that things can all be solved with a small drop of blood, sweat and tea – perhaps not all in the same mug!

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Time and Date: 4th October. 7pm – 8:45pm

Location: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA