Design Manchester is an originative week-long festival, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, animation and photography.

Now in its second year the festival seeks to inspire and educate, working alongside key partners: the Manchester School of Art and  Design Council.

Design Manchester is curated by a passionate team of creatives, with our Ambassador Malcolm Garrett RDI who will again host the main conference alongside David Crow, the Dean of the School of Art.

Design Manchester will take place in some of the city’s most iconic venues, giving you an opportunity to engage in numerous events from lively debates to industry networking.

The Science
of Imagination

The spark of an idea: the engineering of innovation, the exploration of new creative spaces imagined and realised through the enabling power of future technologies.

Adopting the theme ‘The Science of Imagination’, this year the festival runs concurrently with the Manchester Science Festival and will see us explore the theme across selected talks, exhibitions and commissions.

At the centre of the festival is our ‘core’ day, hosted at The Grand Hall, Manchester Town Hall featuring a selection of some of the most inspirational UK and internationally renowned speakers from all sectors of design.

Kate Moross, speaking at Design Manchester 13

Core Festival Day

Friday 24th October

Design Manchester 14’s Core Festival Day is hosted by the Manchester School of Art's Professor David Crow and curated by event ambassador Malcolm Garrett RDI.

The day features internationally recognised and influential speakers discussing ‘The Science of Imagination’ and showing an insight into their creative work, speakers include:

Michael C Place (Build)
in conversation with Angus Montgomery (Design Week)
Andy Nicholson (Oscar-nominated production designer on Gravity the film)
Rejane Dal Bello
Peter Saville
Ross Phillips (Associate Design Director, Daziel & Pow)
+ More to be announced in October

G. F. Smith Papers will host the grand bees area with samples and giveaways. This year we have structured the day to be split into two with more breaks and dinner hour giving you the opportunity to socialise. We have an afterparty planned for TwentyTwentyTwo and details for this will be revealed at a later date.

Join Us

We’re proud to launch our core day but this is just the start, we have over 18 events across the city hosted in some of our most iconic buildings.

Highlights of the festival include the adidas SPEZIAL exhibition, An evening with creative publishers Unit Editions, ‘The Dress of Glass and Flame, by Helen Storey MBE’, supported by Royal Society of Chemistry which is also part of the Manchester Science Festival, Design Council’s Take 5 with Ben Casey and many more.

Our new website and full listings will be released on Wednesday October 1st.


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