MADE NORTH Conference Schedule

When: Thursday 18th June
Where: Pennine Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University

Registration & Coffee

Welcome and introductory talk

11.00 — 12.45 
Invisible Design
This session looks at importance of design in our lives and environment. This year is the 50th anniversary of the British Road Sign designs by Jock Kinneir & Margaret Calvert, and this session looks at how design can transform our behavior and actions or simply make life easier in terms of accessing, enjoying and understanding real or virtual environments or objects.
Section hosted by Deyan Sudjic Director Design Museum. Before joining the museum in 2006, Deyan was Dean of the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Kingston University, visiting professor at the Royal College of Art and the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna and the Observer newspaper’s design and architecture writer. A respected author and design journalist, Deyan was editor of Domus magazine from 2000 to 2004, and Founding Editor of Blueprint magazine from 1983 to 1996.
Henrik Kubel Recent projects have included release of the New Transport and New Rail Alphabet both developed in close collaboration with Margaret Calvert, and Moscow Sans – a custom typeface and set of 40 unique pictograms for Moscow Department of Transport.
Ben Terrett. Ben is Director of Design at the Government Digital Service. The website won the Design of the Year award on its launch. Ben also worked with Margaret who advised on the typeface for the website. Prior to that he was Design Director at Wieden + Kennedy, the advertising agency.
Corin Mellor. Corin is director and chief designer of Sheffield-based David Mellor Design, the company founded by his father, the influential designer David Mellor, CBE Royal Designer for Industry. A hugely versatile designer in his own right, Corin trained in product design at Kingston and worked for the London architects YRM before joining his father.

12.45 Lunch

13.30 — 15.00   
The New Maker Economy
Makerspaces, fablabs, and community workshops are experiencing huge growth across the country, increasing from just a handful ten years ago to nearly a hundred across the country today. What opportunity do they hold for designers and how can technology create opportunities?
Section hosted by Chris Dymond. Chris is an independent digital producer, strategist and innovation specialist, who splits his time between project work, consultancy and producing events and workshops on technology-related topics
Jessi Baker – Founder of Provenance. Provenance is one of the first projects to build on revolutionary blockchain technology to log and trace the life-cycle of products. This technology means a step change for the authenticity of information about the origin of products. There is massive potential for this new digital technology to enable every product to come supercharged with a seamless digital passport that empowers the secure sharing of information about the product’s origin.
Paul Beech – Co Founder Pimoroni. Paul is a designer, hacker & maker. He is one half of Pimoroni, the company most known for the creation of the Pibow case. He designed the Raspberry Pi Logo, launched the UK’s first kickstarter – the PiCade – and became the design lead for the Foundation.
Andrew Sleigh – Researcher, writer and producer. Co-founding the UK’s first community-run ‘Mini’ Maker Faire in Brighton in 2011, he’s seen first-hand the rise of this global phenomenon, and has been
investigating, documenting and enabling makers ever since. Andrew was one of the researchers on Nesta’s recent UK makerspaces mapping project, which set out to create a comprehensive snapshot of the state
of makerspaces in the UK in 2015.

15.00 Break

15.30 — 17.00
Curated by… Transformations

How can visual communication transform? This session, facilitated by Matt Edgar and Pam Bowman from the Sheffield Institute of Arts, focuses on the transformative nature of graphic design and illustration. Selected practitioners present and discuss recent projects that have had a transformative impact.
Section hosted by Matt Edgar and Pam Bowman, Sheffield Institute of Arts. Edgar and Bowman head up the Graphic Design course at Sheffield Hallam University. They established the ‘curated by…’ lecture programme as a key part of the visual communication courses within the Sheffield Institute of Arts
Andy Altmann – Founder Why Not Associates. On leaving the Royal College of Art in 1987 Andy formed the multi disciplinary design group Why Not Associates with fellow graduates Howard Greenhalgh and David Ellis. In over 25 years of experience Andy has worked on projects ranging from exhibition design to postage stamps via advertising, publishing, television titles, commercials, corporate identity and public art. Why Not Associates clients include the Royal Academy of Arts, Malcolm McClaren, Pompidou Centre, Royal Mail, Nike, Paul Smith, Virgin Records, Antony Gormley, BBC, Channel 4 and the Tate Modern.
Danny Antrobus – The Better with Data Society. Danny Antrobus is the co-founder of The Better with Data Society, founded in January 2014 as a social enterprise to build on the long-standing work of the open data community in Sheffield through the Open Data Sheffield group.

Design Abroad
How important is it for designers and architects to experience a different environment or cultural context? Can being exposed to a different design community have an impact on their practice, influence their design methodologies and stir their creative instinct? Designers who have recently participated in British Council residencies reflect on their experiences overseas and explore how these opportunities have influenced their practices.
Session hosted by Gian Luca Amadei, Design Programme Manager, British Council
 Tzortzis Rallis is a graphic designer based in London. He studied graphic design and fine arts in Greece, Spain and UK. In his personal practice, he uses visual communication to engage in social and political initiatives. He supports grassroots collectives in Greece, he is a co-designer of The Occupied Times of London and co-founder of the Occupy Design UK.
Jane Hall, Architect / Assemble. Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work.
Holly Jayne Smith. Fashion designer. Holly’s work takes inspiration from people in human nature. She has an interest in human psycology within social environs, specifically related to how an individuals’s descision making is influenced by their immediate surroundings and shaped by pre-conceived ideas.

17.45 Break

18.15 — 20.00
Section host Anthony Peters, Director of the film.
Made You Look is a documentary about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners we explore the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era. Screening time 70mins. Followed Q&A with the film’s makers.

20.00  Talks Close


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