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The MADE NORTH conference on Thursday 18th June is one of the highlights of Sheffield Design Week.  and features a speaking line up of leading figures from the worlds of design, architecture and craft. Join over 250+ delegates in the heart of Sheffield for a day of ideas, opinion, discussion and networking.

The MADE NORTH conference is sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University and produced by MADE NORTH to promote design discussion and dialogue in the north of England.

We are pleased to announce that Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum will be our lead speaker in a design session on the theme of ‘transformation’ inspired by Margaret Calvert in this, the 50th anniversary year of her pioneering road sign designs, and also featuring Henrik Kubel and Ben Terret. The conference is a must-book event for anyone who wants to meet and hear leading creatives in graphic design, product/industrial design, architecture, technology and craft worlds.

We have designed this year’s conference in four ‘sessions’ you can buy tickets for each ‘session’ or if you want to buy an all day ticket then you can choose this option.

Click here to see  full day schedule.
More speakers to be announced soon.

Full Day Ticket
Tickets are £45, with a limited number of early bird tickets. The ticket price includes the full speaker programme, access to post-event networking and lunch.

Session Tickets
Session tickets £15, these are available for people who can’t attend the full day.

Student Ticket – Full day
Students can take advantage of a super-low rate of just £15 for a full day ticket with proof of student status. The conference will give students an insight into industry and deliver an awareness of the commercial possibilities of creativity and ideas along with important networking opportunities.


Conference Schedule

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

Registration & Coffee

Welcome and introductory talk

Invisible Design
This session looks at importance of design in our environment. This year is the 50th anniversary of the British Road Sign designs by Jock Kinneir & Margaret Calvert, and the session looks at how successful, functional communication design is made and its importance in today’s society.
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.

13.00  Lunch

14.00- 15.30   
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.

15.30  Break

16.00 – 17.30
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.

17.30  Break

18.00 – 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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