Friday 26 August 2022

London Design Festival's Global Forum 2022 rolls out curated programmes

Sony design's new virtual reality.

TAKING place at the V&A from 17 - 25 September Global Design Forum is the London Design Festival’s curated thought leadership programme, celebrating design and the minds shaping its future. 

Every year, the Forum hosts dynamic debates around key topics within the design sector. This year’s Forum will feature over 70 speakers and comprise a wide-ranging programme of conversations, bringing together different creatives to share new perspectives on how design can be more accessible, inclusive, sustainable and at the forefront of change.

The programme for 2022 includes some of the most challenging and exciting topics that designers currently face. Each day of the Forum will explore key themes in design including regenerative futures; new possibilities in digital design; identity and inclusivity; design to shape behaviour; connecting

Saturday, 17 September: Design and Fashion: From Academia to Industry

The programme will kick off with a day exploring key issues that are shaping the creative industries today, supported by world-leading Istituto Marangoni London, specialising in Design and Fashion. Speakers will explore the evolution of sustainable practices in the world of contemporary retail spaces; the use of raw materials, waste, and circular economy; and diversity and representation in the industry. Speakers will include leading brands and designers including Leanne Elliot Young, co-founder of Design of Digital Fashion, Director of Education & Community Engagement at re/make, Emily Stochland and a keynote by Academy Award winning costume designer, Sandy Powell.

Sunday, 18 September: Graphic Design

As with previous editions, there will be a day dedicated to exploring the power of Graphic Design including how graphics can change behaviour; the future of the studio; innovation in graphics; branding and typography; and a keynote by Annie Atkins, the visionary designer behind Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Monday, 19 September: Human Centred Design

Leading voices within design will come together to examine how design can serve people and communities. Design with Feeling supported by Sony will discuss technology with empathy and how design can enhance connections with speakers Daisuke Ishii, Head of Sony Group, Creative Centre (Design), Sony Design and Hirotaka Tako, Creative Director & Head of Design Centre Europe, Sony Europe; Tétris Design x Build will host a talk on inclusive design and what it means for companies and their people chaired by the V&A’s Digital Curator and Disabled Action Group Co-Chair, Natalie Kane; and Associate Creative Director at WeTransfer, Diana Alcausin together with Chris Twining, Global Innovation & Media Director at Kering will discuss why design in advertising matters, customer behavioural patterns and transparency in harnessing data.

Tuesday 20 September: Regenerative Futures

Arup will present a day of talks on the topic of regenerative futures. Kathryn Firth, Director, Masterplanning and Urban Design, and Rudi Scheuermann, Director and Global Leader Building Envelope Design, at Arup will join Diana Dina and Jacob Loftus at General Projects about regenerative design at scale. Michael Pawlyn, author of Flourish, and Jenny Andersson, Founder of Really Regenerative, and POoR Collective Founder, Shawn Adams will discuss who shapes regenerative futures. Jo da Silva, Global Director of Sustainable Development at Arup will speak with Judith Van Den Boom, Course Leader for MA Regenerative Design at Central Saint Martins and Stephen Jamieson, Global Head of Circular Economy Solutions at SAP, about the transition towards a regenerative future.

Short keynotes will be delivered by Christopher Raeburn, founder of sustainable fashion brand RÆBURN; Alexandra Deschamps Sonsino, climate change consultant and researcher; Indy Johar, architect and Director of Dark Matters Lab, a field laboratory focused on working with institutions, instruments and infrastructures for a more equitable, caring and sustainable future.

Wednesday 21 September: Come Together

ExploreStation, Britain’s national conversation on future train station design, will host a day of discussions. Led by Design Council on behalf of Network Rail, and in partnership with The Glass-House Community Led Design, Digital Urban and Commonplace, ExploreStation hosts a series of talks bringing together leaders in the infrastructure, placemaking, technology and sustainability sectors. Discussions will explore how design can build stronger communities; how organisations and practitioners are putting people first to create more inclusive, accessible, stronger communities and projects; the use of new technologies to empower the public to design their cities and local places; and responding to the impacts of climate change thr ough innovative initiatives. Speakers will include Head of the Centre for Accessible Enviornments (CAE) and the Design Council Expert, Fara Muneer, Chief Executive at The Glass-House, Sophia de Sousa, CEO of Commonplace, Mike Saunders, and a keynote by Saskia Sassen, Sociologist and Professor at Columbia University and the London School of Economics. On the day, a virtual reality workshop will provide an opportunity to see the HUB Station’s kit-of-parts design proposals from 7N Architects with Arup, LUC and Gardiner & Theobald. 

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