This year’s Design NOW! Symposium sees a stellar line up of speakers in NewcastleGateshead across graphics, illustration, digital and product design. The symposium takes place at the Northern Design Centre, home to over 25 innovative design studios and Northumbria University’s Design School.
The symposium is curated by Karen Nairstone from Design Event. ‘Design NOW! Has a reputation for bringing together the best creatives across design disciplines and this year we’ve really pulled out all the stops. From Andrew Byroms’ 3 dimensional typography to Paul Belford’s unique branding, Morag Myerscough’s joyful installations and Daniel Schofield’s thoughtful products, it really is a celebration of brilliant design.’
Speakers confirmed for the event on Friday 26 October are :
Andrew Byrom is a designer and educator who recently returned to the North of England after almost twenty years living and working in Los Angeles and Chicago. His clients include The Museum of Latin American Art, The New York Times Magazine, Penguin Books, Sagmeister Inc. and The Getty/Architecture + Design Museum.
His interdisciplinary work has been recognized by the AIGA and the Type Directors Club. It has featured in many design related publications and has been exhibited in venues across the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2012 he was elected as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Daniel Schofield is a product designer who believes that ‘no detail should exist without reason.’ He takes a reductive approach to materials, form and function; distilling ideas into a clean, honest, understated aesthetic resulting in useful timeless products.
Daniel has won numerous awards for his work including Best Northern Designer, Elle Decoration Award and New Design Britain Award. Daniel is currently working with some of the world’s leading brands and manufacturers, including – Conran, Decode, Woud, Skandium and Benchmark.
Ellen Turnill Montoya
Ellen Turnill Montoya is Senior Creative at Anyways – a creative agency that helps brands be more adventurous and meaningful.
Anyways explores new ways for brands to communicate, working closely with clients to find the right solution for each brief. They then work with an extensive network of collaborators to bring each project to life with the best creative talent in the world.
At Anyways Ellen has led projects for Google, Nike, Converse, Anya Hindmarch and the BBC, amongst many more.
Anyways is part of The HudsonBec Group alongside It’s Nice That and Lecture in Progress.
Morag’s mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’. Born and Bred, London, Morag has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how colour and pattern can change urban environments and people’s perceptions of spaces into places.
From schools and hospitals to cultural hubs and town centres Morag transforms public spaces by creating engaging experiences for everyone.
Her strong visual approach is instantly recognisable and elevates every context in which it is placed. Her work is rooted in creating a sense of joy and belonging for all those who encounter it. Morag creates specific local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the work, using it to create community and build identity.
Never one to choose the obvious route, Paul gave art school a miss in favour of a PhD in biochemistry. He then, inexplicably, found work as an art director and creative director in some of London's best ad agencies before setting up Paul Belford Ltd in 2012. He has won hundreds of creative awards for his work in both advertising and design. Paul also writes for Creative Review magazine.
Design NOW! Is supported by Northern Design Centre, Different and Newcastle College.
Friday 26 October, 10am to 5pm
Tickets are £30-£65 with early bird tickets available until 10 September. www.design-event.co.uk
About Design Event
Design Event was established in 2005 to showcase good design and support designers across the North of England. We do this through a range of programmes including the Northern Design Festival, Design NOW! Symposium and a talks programme featuring leading designers. 2015 marked our tenth birthday and over the last decade we have welcomed over 250,000 visitors to our festivals, worked with almost 1,500 designers, delivered more than 50 talks and workshops, and held over 130 exhibitions and events. Our online store features a carefully curated selection of works from our exhibitions, the perfect place to buy beautiful design. Winner, Homes & Gardens Designer Awards 2015, Backer of British Design. www.design-event.co.uk @DesignEventNE