D&AD and the Design Business Association are organising a design symposium in Liverpool this October, a late addition to the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations, Design Week can reveal.
The one-day conference will address business and creative issues affecting design. D&AD and the DBA are collaborating with Design Show Liverpool organiser Design Initiative and three local design consultancies to programme the symposium.
A symposium steering committee was set up in February, prompted by Design Week’s coverage highlighting the paucity of design events scheduled for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year (DW 16 January).
‘We were grumbling in January, but are now driving plans for the symposium, and organising our own exhibitions for later in the year,’ says Smiling Wolf managing director Simon Rhodes, one of the three local consultancies involved.
The programme is likely to include a D&AD President’s Lecture, a DBA presentation and a networking event. DI is seeking public and private sponsorship, and aims to attract up to 250 delegates.
Meanwhile, DI has ditched plans to showcase commercial design at the inaugural Design Show Liverpool later in June. The exhibition will focus on furniture, homewares, fashion and jewellery design instead.
Rhodes dismissed concerns that weekend rail engineering works on the London/Liverpool line will dent visitor numbers to the design events.