Design Week to continue online

Design Week will be digital only from this edition.

Our readership research shows that Design Week is most valued for its design news and authoritative commentary on the business of design.  We believe that by concentrating on just digital we can improve our information service to you, ensuring that we remain at the heart of the UK design industry.

As a subscriber to Design Week we will continue to offer you exclusive access to:

  • Design Week archives, dating back 15 years   
  • Key industry surveys such as the Top 100 and the Creative Survey
  • Design Week Matters: discounts on tickets, museum memberships, books and more
  • Priority invites to industry events

In addition we will be introducing you to our sister title Creative Review, the global authority on visual communication.  Watch out for your personal message from us on how this will work and how you can sample the new package at no cost.

From next week we will be stepping up coverage of the key issues that matter to you on the Design Week website, ensuring that we continue to be your essential design read.

To activate your on-line subscription visit now, enter your unique subscriber number into the box and click activate. You will then be able to access all of the news, jobs and archives you usually receive in print and online.

To immediately begin enjoying the Creative Review subscriber content online visit to register your account and enter your Design Week subscriber number and postcode.

NB: Your unique subscriber number can be found next to your name on the address label of your magazine issue. If you require further assistance please contact our customers service team on +44 (0)20 7292 3704 /

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  • Andi Rusyn November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I can understand why your doing this, but it’s a real shame – it’ll never be the same as sitting back with a cuppa and flicking through your hallowed pages…

  • Laura Williams November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I agree with Andi, it is a shame I have to say, but fair play to you, think of the trees 🙂

  • Simon Richards November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I have just renewed and not even a letter or email about this change! Suddenly the value of DesignWeek has gone.

  • Stephanie Brown November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Oh! what a shame – the end of an era for sure. But what about things like the top 100 and other printed extras? They will be pretty hard to review online…

  • Richard Banks November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I’ve just renewed, also, and this change has also come as a suprise. I feel that I’ve been ripped off a little. No notice, and suddenly I’m subscribing to a website, not a periodical. Not good.

  • karina beasley November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    It is a shame but makes commercial sense. However, this is the first I’ve heard of it so for many, they will or won’t even be aware – that’s even more of a shame 🙁

  • Jimlad November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    No!!! gone are the days when I can hold you, only a virtual substitute. It is indeed a shame, the experience will be 2nd place in comparsion.

    Will there be a annual?

  • Debbie Inman November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    A good move but you should have sent a letter out to all your subscribers or at least an email informing them of the change. This is the first I have heard of it!

    Best of luck though team…

  • Derek Turnbull November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    This has come at something of a surprise and especially having just paid for a 3 year subscription. You must have been aware of this when you sent the request for payment but didn’t feel it important enough to mention? Sharp practise at best!

  • Courtney Sklar November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Design Week is so unique, and that will always be true whether it’s online or in print. I’m looking forward to a new era of moving content and interactivity around all things design through the web-based magazine.

  • Simon Barbato November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I have literally just renewed a month or so ago, so this is pretty poor DW.

    And no mention of why either. Is there a refund for subscribers who have paid for print?

  • James Bell September 27, 2013 at 2:30 am

    What a shame, but I can understand why, are you doing an iPad version. We haven’t renewed our subscription as the majority of content is not relevant to Product Design and too London focused for us. Hope this changes with the online option.

  • Simon Manchipp September 27, 2013 at 4:32 am

    As a designer it is of course sad to see the death of print.

    But… if it’s business as usual, just online… perhaps things are not so sad?

    The strength of DesignWeek’s journalism and their ability to continually break a story will shine through.

    Closing of one door, opening of another.

  • Matthew Hopkins September 27, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I’ve also just renewed and I’m amazed to see this has happened without any warning!!

    Surely a refund will be offered!?

  • Carmen Marrero September 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Sad for the design industry to be losing such great journalist. Will continue to read online edition of course but print will be truly missed.

  • Rufus Thompson September 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

    And spare a thought for the staff members losing their jobs through this process……

  • Caroline November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    This is a real shame and as a subscriber to Design Week I do feel the value of my subscription has dramatically gone down….surprised at how disappointed I am actually. No doubt there will be valid reasons for this decision but I, for one, am not happy about it.

    Did it not cross any of your marketing team’s minds to ask subscribers opinions before the editor and chief exec’ took the leap to this final, and seems last minute, decision?

    What ever you have planned for the online content it had better be out of this world as I have a feeling you might be surprised at how many subscribers will vote by keeping their wallets closed when it comes round to renewing.

  • Nick Morris November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I also subscribed for a year about two months ago with no mention of this change. Very annoyed that now i am subscribed to a online magazine. not so good

  • Adam White November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Design Week has been significant to the lives of many practitioners for years, because it gave us a weekly forum in which to communicate, presided over by the Lynda. She has single handedly done more to glue the Industry together than any other person or organisation. And without her insightful guidance and the creative writing of all the journalists that DW has had the good fortune to employ over the years, it would not be on my radar. How will it look online without her at the helm I wonder.

  • Andrew Metcalfe November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I reiterate some of the above comments. I’ve just paid for my subscription for the print edition… I wanted a print edition, not a website subscription… very disappointed that nothing was even mentioned by letter or email.

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  • James Boulter November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Has a plug been pulled?
    Very odd behaviour.

  • James Boulter November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    You are still advertising at the base of this page your print subscription – cover price ?

  • Stephanie Brown November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    New Media Age are also going online only from next week. Whilst I understand the economic problems facing publishers and print, personally I like to read magazines on my commute or at home in my spare time, not on a computer, which I already spend in front of 9 hours or more per day.

  • Maxine Horn November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    In my early career I worked at Centaur on the launch of Design Week – and whilst a convert of progress, the (seemingly) abrupt nature of the closure & communicationof it feels at odds with good customer relationships and retention.

    Lynda Relph Knight and others have dedicated a significant chunk of their working lives to building the DW brand. And whilst it may continue online, alongside so many other online offerings, the absence of the ‘face and voice’ of DW will be felt far more than the accountants might care to realise.

    Good luck Lynda and all of the DW staff moving on to new pastures. Better opportunities will most likely open up to one and all.

    BTW – the pop up advert to subscribe to the print edition still appears within 30 seconds of logging on. Attention to detail already falling behind?

  • Paul Lindsell November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    But the people who give the authoritative commentary have all been made redundant in this digital venture. What a mistake

  • Westrise November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    No notice whatsoever, sorry, but not impressed.

  • Jim Campbell November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    My user experience of the printed version is head and shoulders above that of the online version. Let’s hope that some money has been saved for improving this awful online format.

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