Design Manchester 2017 announces line-up

The annual design festival is back for its fifth edition this October, and will feature Pentagram partner Naresh Ramchandani, Buzzcocks’ record sleeve designer Malcolm Garrett and an exhibition on Lucienne Day.

The Design Weekender at Design Manchester

Annual design festival Design Manchester returns this year for the fifth time, and will feature talks, exhibitions, workshops, fairs and films from the likes of Pentagram, the BBC and GF Smith.

The festival and conference was founded in 2013, and takes place over 11 days in October across various venues in Manchester, in partnership with the Co-op.

Eleven exhibitions take place across the festival this year, including an exploration of Manchester punk band Buzzcocks, which will feature the work of designer Malcolm Garrett.

Anthony Burgess book covers

Others include a show on late textile designer Lucienne Day, one on football design and the 48 crests of the Premier League clubs, and one on the book cover designs of A Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess.

Regular day-long conference DM17 is back this year, and will be held on 13 October and hosted by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne. Speakers include Pentagram partner Naresh Ramchandani, illustrator Emily Forgot, Lawrence Kitson, service design at Co-op digital, and film production designer Alex McDowell.

Other regular features include The Design City Weekender and the DM17 on Screen film festival.

The Design City Weekender takes place from 20-22 October at Upper Campfield Market, and will feature workshops, exhibitions and music from the likes of luxury paper manufacturer GF Smith, and craft companies Fred Aldous and S.W.A.L.K Creative.

Work by Emily Forgot

DM17 on Screen runs throughout the whole festival, and will feature screenings based on the theme of Reframing Reality, showing science fiction films such as Metropolis, Blade Runner and A Clockwork Orange.

There will also be screenings of design-focused films during weekends at the festival within the city’s Northern Quarter, including this year’s release Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair also takes place for three days from 13-15 October, and will feature the work of 150 professional crafts-people and designers, and graduates.

Design Manchester 2017 takes place 11-22 October across various venues in Manchester. Some events are free and some are ticketed. Earlybird tickets to the DM17 conference cost £35, and £45 for full-price. For more info, head to the Design Manchester 2017 website.

by Naresh Ramchandani
The Football Crest Index

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