This is a sad week for the Design Week team as we publish the last issue of the magazine. The title lives on to deliver daily news about design, but the print version is no more.
It will be 25 years in September since Jeremy Myerson launched the weekly, recognising the role design then a cottage industry might play in UK society and bringing together the community. In the 22 years I have been involved, that community has grown into a tour de force in commerce and culture, despite various recessions, and while the fervor remains from those early days, it is a burgeoning, international business now.
There are too many highlights for me to list, but meeting so many great creative people has been awesome
Last week the Design Council hosted a ’summit’, Design for Growth, to engage Government in a ’conversation’ about design’s ability to make a difference to the nation’s balance sheet and to people’s lives. With Universities and Science Minister David Willetts and Small Business Minister Mark Prisk in attendance, the message was put across in a powerful way through example rather than rhetoric.
This is one of the great joys of design. It is about listening and doing rather than talking, and it is about sharing. I am very proud to have been part of the industry’s development and hope I will remain so, though in a different guise now.
There are too many highlights for me to list here, but the privilege of meeting so many great creative people has been awesome. Linking with designers across the globe, particularly in South Africa, has made the past 20 years special for me personally and professionally. And the eternal optimism of design has rubbed off.
Thank you all for your support over the years and for the great work you continue to produce. Long may that continue.
I hand over now to my colleagues Angus Montgomery, Tom Banks and Emily Gosling who will take Design Week into its next phase. They are amply qualified for the task. I wish them well.