Design events to catch in November

A mix of in-person and online events are slated for November, keeping you inspired and up-to-date on everything from sustainability to commercial interiors.

Virtual conference: Around

Hosted by the founders of the digital design platform Gravity Sketch, Around will explore what organizers call “the new era of industrial design”. The focus will be on how things like virtual reality (VR) and 3D ideation are changing for designers.

Speakers will include representatives from Adidas, Ford and Occulus, as well as other designers working in CAD, product, virtual reality and industrial design. The lectures will cover a range of topics, including tools designers might find useful, the need for diversity in design and the “new normal”.

The event will be broadcast worldwide on November 4 and 5, and those who wish to attend will need to register. More information can be found on the Around website.


Festival: Design Manchester 2021

Design Manchester is back for another year, this time with a hybrid program of in-person and online events. The theme connecting the 2021 offering is “connectivity”, according to the organizers, who say they will explore “innovations on the theme of local, global and hybrid collaboration.”

Among the events scheduled for the festival is the Doing Zero exhibition, which was developed between creators and local communities in Manchester and those in Nairobi, Kenya. The exhibition discusses the impact of food on climate change and will take place at the Vertical Gallery of the Manchester School of Art.

Online participants will be able to explore “industrial symbiosis” during an online presentation hosted between Design Manchester, MODA-FAS Barcelona and the British Council of Spain. Mixed teams of students will unveil their projects, which focus on the circular economy in the textile industry.

Design Manchester events will take place throughout November, across the city and online. For more information, and to register and purchase tickets for events, visit the DM21 website.


Trade fair: Trade fair for the design of workspaces

In November, the inaugural edition of the Workspace Design Show will take place at the Business Design Center in London. The event, which will host a group of representatives of the commercial interiors community, aims to “discover and discuss the workplaces of tomorrow,” according to the organizers.

The show claims to be the first UK show in the industry since the COVID-19 closures began in March of last year, and the pandemic’s effect on workspaces will be a recurring theme throughout the program. Several panels, debates and workshops are planned for the event, alongside exhibitors – and topics will include how commercial interiors can spark creativity, integrate well-being into spaces and how designers can co-create with those who use a workspace for optimal results.

The show will take place in London on November 4-5, and attendees must register online. More information can be found on the Workspace Design Show website.


Market: Projekt Mkt

The banner image is also courtesy of Projekt Mkt.

Billed as a ‘Christmas shopping candy’, Projkt Mkt is a three-day pop-up market for vintage poster enthusiasts. Focusing particularly on mid-century pop culture, interiors, art and graphic design, the event offers the opportunity to browse and purchase thousands of posters “under one roof”.

The event was organized by Projekt 26 and features ten leading independent vintage poster dealers, each bringing with them their own specialty. The offer is appropriately diversified – Communist posters from the Soviet era sit alongside original French health and safety signs and the “daring and ironic spirit” of the Polish School of Posters production. All posters, the organizers promise, are genuine originals.

The event takes place at the MKII, a former dairy building in Clapton, east London, from November 12-14. Admission is £ 3 or free for under 16s and ‘four-legged friends’. Prices range from £ 20 to £ 2,000 +. More information about the event can be found on the Projekt Mkt website.


Magazine: TYPEONE

TYPEONE, Femme Type’s biannual magazine, is in its third issue in November. This time the theme is graffiti and wall art and founder Amber Weaver says the topics are approached with the usual TYPEONE “fresh perspective”.

Femme Type was created by Weaver to question the typeface and design industry and to support and encourage the women who work in these spaces. TYPEONE is an offshoot of it and uses “creative-type media as a gateway to explore topics such as culture, business, technology, innovation and design,” she says.

The latest edition of the magazine features a special foldout section designed by Appear Offline and includes five sections devoted to interviews, ideas and more.

TYPEONE is priced at £ 12.99 and is available for purchase from the magazine’s website.


Online Festival: Design for Planet

The Design Council’s flagship event to mark COP26, Design for Planet, is a two-day design festival taking place at V&A Dundee. The festival, and by supporting the strategic direction, aims to “mobilize” the nation’s 1.69 million designers, who CEO Minnie Moll says have the “power and responsibility” to help address the climate crisis.

The event will be broadcast live to an audience of “thousands” online and will also feature 100 experts in person. Participants, both online and in person, can expect lectures, hands-on sessions, and design tools offered throughout the program.

Speakers announced already include Dr Leyla Acaroglu, United Nations Earth Champion and award-winning designer and sociologist, and Sophie Thomas, leader in sustainable design and behavior change and co-founder of Thomas Matthews.

Design Week will be present at the festival and will report on the events. The festival runs from November 9-10, and those interested are invited to register through the Design for Planet website.

Which November design events are on your calendar? Let us know in the comments below…

Banner image courtesy of Projekt Mkt.


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