What is Good Design? Or Learning from Wilson Pickett; Convergence is more than a buzzword; Beautiful but Useful; An integrative approach to design; Design in the Soviet Union

Pentagram Design (New York office) partner Michael Bierut continues the British Design & Art Direction Presidents Lecture series on 8 March from 7.15pm with What is Good Design? Or Learning from Wilson Pickett.

Contact: Camille Huxham on 020 7840 1135.

Venue: Royal Geographic Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7.

The conference Convergence is more than a buzzword will be held from 8-10 March. It will allow delegates to outline the opportunities to educate designers and industry on the role of design in effectively integrating disciplines. Speakers include Andrew Summers, Philip Dodds, Paul Priestman and others.

Contact: the website ( or 0141 221 6362.

Venue: The Lighthouse, 56 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3LX.

Italian designer and Alessi founder, Alberto Alessi will talk at Beautiful but Useful on 8 March from 6.30pm. The event is part of the Royal Society of Arts Midlands lecture series.

Contact: Viv Long-Ferguson on 0121 600 7512.

Venue: Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatory, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG.

Milan based King Miranda Associati designers Perry King and Santiago Miranda will give the Royal Society of Arts lecture on 7 March from 6pm. An integrative approach to design or the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece will be chaired by Glasgow School of Art head of product design Professor Norman McNally.

Contact: 020 7451 6868.

Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2.

Russian designer and The Sir Misha Black Memorial Medal winner Yuri Soloviev will give the lecture Design in the Soviet Union on 8 March from 5.45pm.

Contact: 020 7590 4444.

Venue: Royal College of Art, Lecture Theatre 1, Jay Mews entrance, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

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