Liverpool Design Symposium rebrands as Design Symposium North

Liverpool Design Symposium is rebranding as Design Symposium North to become a regional event for the North West, held in both Liverpool and Manchester.

The two cities are to hold the event around six months apart, starting with Liverpool in November, to bring the first leg in line with the Liverpool Design Festival calendar.

Nick Howe, managing director of Uniform, which initiated the event in 2008, hopes that the symposium will bring ’more of a design and branding feel’ to the festival, which is largely ’craft-focused’.

Plans to rename and expand the symposium were initiated when Steve Fisher, founder of Independent Northern Creative, which promotes design in the region, and Trevor Johnson, creative director of consultancy Creative Lynx, contacted Howe to propose bringing the symposium to Manchester.

’We wanted to collaborate with Manchester rather than see it as a new rival event,’ says Howe.

Although the Manchester date and venue are yet to be confirmed, the Liverpool leg will be held on 25 November at the Liverpool Design Academy at Liverpool John Moores University.

Both events will match consultancies with graduates in a portfolio clinic before speakers address design groups and design buyers with engagement from partners the Design Business Association and D&AD.

Uniform has designed the new identity for the symposium (pictured). Tim Sharp, design director at Uniform, led the design and says, ’We wanted to do something different from other design festivals, which have quite a corporate look.’

The identity has been hand-drawn by typographer Steven Raw following a commission by Sharp, who describes the letterforms as ’dancing’. A suite of posters and screen-prints are now being created.

Liverpool Design Symposium
Liverpool Design Symposium, which rebrands as Design Symposium North, was started in 2008 by consultancy Uniform, Smiling Wolf and Black & Ginger

Last year’s Liverpool Design Symposium speakers were former Digit co-founder Andy Chambers, Michael Wolff and Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne

Design Symposium North will confirm all speakers for the Liverpool event in the next two weeks

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