Big Design Yorkshire Idea

A dozen designers, business people and educationalists are due to meet in Leeds on 25 May to further the Design Yorkshire initiative.

The meeting has been called to discuss a programme of research and workshops. These will culminate in a conference in December to announce the “Big Idea” to put Yorkshire and Humber on the map as a global centre of design excellence.

Participants are expected to include Lord Rogers’ son Abe Rogers, Phil Dean from The Attik and Thompson Design Office’s Ian Thompson, as well as Dean Clough director Jeremy Hall and Professor Michael Hann from Leeds University.

The move follows the allocation last month of £100 000 in funding for the initiative, set up two years ago by Elmwood chairman Jonathan Sands and Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman. Yorkshire Forward, the Design Council, Networking for Industry and Elmwood all contributed.

According to Sands, “The meeting is to secure everyone in the region to sign up to the process, before engaging people nationally and internationally. We aim to have a vision by the end of the year of something that’s unique.”

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