London Design Festival preview: Global Design Forum

This year the London Design Festival has an ambitious new plan for its three-year-old Global Design Forum.

Alberto Alessi at the 2012 Global Design Forum
Alberto Alessi at the 2012 Global Design Forum

For the past two years, the Forum has run as a self-contained event over two days, but this year the organisers are opening it up as a series of events in multiple venues across London.

Speakers including Tord Boontje, Nik Roope, Libby Sellers and Gadi Amit will tackle issues including co-design, open-source technology and sustainability.

Highlights include the Five Ideas to Shake the World session at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 16 September.

This is billed as a ‘fast-paced’ session which will see the creators of five great ideas put their proposals in-front of a panel including Nik Roope, Ineke Hans and Emily Campbell. The five participants and their ideas remain a surprise until the session…

Paul Morley and Peter Saville at last year's Global Design Forum
Paul Morley and Peter Saville at last year’s Global Design Forum

On 17 September, infographics guru David McCandless is one of three presenters who will be giving a ‘Masterclass’ on the new business opportunities the developed.

McCandless will be talking about how he carved a niche developing infographics to present complex and abstract data.

He will be joined by Sir Peter Bazelgette, chairman of Arts Council England, who will look at how arts and culture can demonstrate their relevance in a time of austerity; and Liam Casey, founder and chief executive of product development company PCH International, who will discuss the hardware renaissance that his company is part of.

Daniel Charny and Thomas Heatherwick at the 2012 Global Design Forum
Daniel Charny and Thomas Heatherwick at the 2012 Global Design Forum

Among other sessions will be a panel discussion involving Paul Cocksedge and Ab Rogers looking at lighting design and a presentation of ‘ideas to kickstart a sustainable economy’ at the Royal College of Art, involving Michael Pawlyn, founder-director of Exploration Architecture, and Claire Brass of SustainRCA.


Visitors are able to book any number of sessions, with ticket prices starting at £20. More than 2000 tickets will be available across more than ten events. The full schedule can be seen here.

Design Week readers can take advantage of a 30 PER CENT DISCOUNT for all Global Design Forum sessions. Just use the promotional code DESIGNWEEK when booking sessions on the Eventbrite page.

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