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Lorna Allan: “It’s important to make sure young, female designers are encouraged”

Lorna Allan, an MA graphic design graduate from the London College of Communication (LCC), has started a talks programme called Hidden Women of Design in order to raise the profile of female designers.

We speak to her about her inspiration and aims for the project, and how hearing these “hidden” voices will help to increase the representation of women in the industry.

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How to rebrand a charity and do it well

Public trust in charities is plummeting according to a new Government report, so this should mean that design consultancies are helping them to communicate in new ways, but many are getting it wrong, according to designer John Spencer.

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EU referendum: How would a Brexit affect the design industry?

The EU referendum takes place today, and as shown by our own reader poll (70% majority) and research undertaken by the Creative Industries Federation (98% majority), designers are overwhelmingly in favour of staying within the EU.

But if we do leave the European Union, how will this affect designers? We ask a number of key policy makers, organisation leaders and designers involved in politics what they think the main consequences will be if the general public votes for a Brexit on 23 June.

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Scottish design is “fresh, playful and exciting” in this new exhibition

Stacey Hunter is the director of Local Heroes – a new initiative which looks to dispel outdated ideas of Scottish design.

Its first exhibition and shop will take place at Edinburgh Airport’s plaza this August, and will showcase contemporary design from nine, talented Scottish designers.

We speak to Hunter about the importance of giving Scottish design a global presence, and her inspiration behind using the airport as her canvas…