Halifax hosts two-day design seminar in April

Business people from across the north of England are the targets of Design Matters 96, a two-day programme of seminars and events being held at Dean Clough, Halifax, in April.

Design Matters 96 is aimed at highlighting the power and importance of design to business. It is the brainchild of the Northern Design Group, a consortium of design-related bodies established in 1994. Members include Liverpool Design Initiative, Bradford Design Exchange, Manchester Design Community and Design Dimension.

“It is for business people across the north of England, but it does have a national focus through the people who are speaking,” says director Roger Standen of charity Design Dimension, which is co-ordinating the event.

The programme features Design Business Association chairman Jonathan Sands, who will be taking part in a Design Question Time. Other speakers already scheduled include Design Council chairman John Sorrell, Pentagram partner Kenneth Grange, Seymour Powell director Dick Powell, BIB chairman Nick Butler, Design Council design director Sean Blair, Wolff Olins design director Val Allam, Din Associates managing director Rasshied Din and Marketplace Design director Bryan Brown.

Graphics consultancy Design It, also based at Dean Clough, has created the event’s marque.

Design Matters 96 takes place from 2 to 4 April at the Halifax arts and business centre. For further details contact Roger Standen on 01422 344555.

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