Global Design Forum at LDF

The Global Design Forum, launched at last year’s London Design Festival, is returning for its second edition next month.

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The forum kicks off on the evening of 16 September with its big draw – Peter Saville in conversation with journalist Paul Morley.

Other speakers, to follow on 17 September – day two – include Jaime Hayon, Ross Lovegrove, Michael Young and Daisy Ginsberg.

While last year’s event focused on setting the agenda for ‘the future of design’, the 2013 event will focus (in the broadest sense) on the themes of innovation, urbanism, brand, creativity and the realistion of the ‘big idea’. Which seems to cover pretty much everything really…

The programme includes the intriguing five by five session, which will see a panel include Ilse Crawford and Sir John Hegarty judging which ‘big idea’ will make the largest impact on the future – will it be open-source design, 3D printing or something else?

Some of the speakers at this year's Global Design Forum
Some of the speakers at this year’s Global Design Forum

And journalist Peter York will host a discussion pitting designers Hayon and Lovegrove against brand owners from Heal’s and Volkswagon, to try to decide who has the brand power…

LDF deputy director Max Fraser says, ‘The Global Design Forum continues to explore and debate the powerful and pressing issues facing design in the modern world.

‘This year, we have specifically chosen speakers from a variety of business sectors with the aim of garnering a broader range of opinions.

‘This is not an inward-looking design conference – it’s part of a wider global conversation and invites all of those attending to have their say.’

The Global Design Forum is held on 16-17 September, at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Southbank Centre. Full-price tickets are £395, but Design Week readers can but tickets at £325 by using the code DW2013 before the end of August. For more information and to book tickets visit

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