designjunction Talks 19-20 September, 2019

During designjunction, we are pleased to bring back our 2-day Talks Programme (19-20 September). Attendees will be captivated by a host of world-class speakers holding lively discussion and debate across the latest trends and topics that really matter to the design world. 

We are currently building the programme and will announce it soon.

See below for our past 2018 speakers and listen to some of the live recordings of the talks, for which Justyna Green curated the programme.

Our 2018 Talks Included:


The Onmipresent Design Thinking

Speaker: Benjamin Hubert, founder of LAYER

Industrial designer Benjamin Hubert provides an insight into 'Experiences with Meaning' - the inner workings of his design agency LAYER and his latest work with Kite Eyewear and Nolii.


Experience Design - What does it take to engage in the age of information overflow? 

Chair: Alice Morby, freelance journalist and editor. Speakers: Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr, Katrina Larkin of Fora, Peter Carlton of Warp Films & Job Smeets of Studio Job.

Design is no longer about simply creating an object or a space. We now seek experiences which enrich our daily lives. Explore this phenomenon through a cross section of disciplines from food to film.  


The Rise of 'South of The River'  

Chair: Sarah Dawood, deputy editor of Design Week. Speakers: Tracy Meller of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Alex Lifschutz, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and the Illuminated River, Toby Neilson of BDG
Architecture Design & George Nicholson of Coin Street Community Builders  

London’s ‘South of The River’ is a thriving area which has been undergoing a tremendous transformation over the last decade, with recent developments and new public realm activations, confirming its ‘hotspot’ London status. Join the conversation between architects, designers and spokespeople behind the riverside’s metamorphosis.


Beyond architects' egos - the real future of architecture

Chair: Ellie Stathaki, architecture editor at Wallpaper* Magazine. Speakers: Jonathan Ashmore of ANARCHITECT, Sarah Featherston of Featherston Young, Sarah Castle of IF_DO and Hala El Akl of PLP Architecture

What is the future of architecture? Join the discussion on the role of architecture in placemaking, community building, connecting cultures and creating accessible cities.


The End of The Unethical - Welcome to Moral Design 2.0

Chair: Anna Winston, architecture and design writer. Speakers: Emily
Morley of Studio Can Can, Ben Parker of Made Thought & Emma Fromberg of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation  

A wave of creatives is drawing a line in the sand in contributing to climate change, animal cruelty and poor ethical production. Anna Winston is joined by the founder of vegan design and build company Studio Can Can, creative director of communications agency Made Thought and Emma Fromberg of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.


Is Retail Dead? The New Rules of Engagement

Chair: Leanne Wierzba. Speakers: Adarsh Radia; co-founder of KITE eyewear, Henrietta Thompson of HARTH & Ruth Wassermann, design director at MADE.COM

Brand interaction has changed. From concept stores to crowd funding, modern consumers invest in products and brands in response to their authenticity and user experience both on and offline.


The New Drone Realities

Chair: Priya Khanchandani, editor of ICON. Speakers: Stephanie Chaltiel, architect and creator of Mud Shell Project & Iain Macbeth, Head of Foresight at Transport for London

Drones are quickly changing the way companies across a multitude of industries operate. With increased use in rescue operations, building safety inspections, law enforcement and disaster management, leading voices in drone technologies discuss the latest technological advancements.


Diversity in Design - The Long Road Ahead

Chair: Sarah Weir, CEO of Design Council. Speakers: Sonia Watson, CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

A focus on equality and diversity will be covered in this important talk between the Design Council and our chosen charity, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.


Light Wasted Not

Chair: Julian Maynard, Director at Maynard Design. Speakers: Ben Rigby of Haberdashery, Paul Nulty, founder of Nulty, Sarah Manning of Spaceagency Design

Between lighting recycling and light pollution in the cities there's a heated discussion about the right approach to making urban cities thrive after dark. Join Ben Rigby, co-founder at Haberdashery and Paul Nulty, founder at Nulty+ for a discussion on how to manage light in the urban environment.  


Craft 2.0 - Fighting For Material Authenticity

Chair: Ben Spriggs, editor of Elle Decoration magazine. Speakers: Sebastian Cox & Ini Archibong, product designers, Magnus Wästberg of Wästberg, Caroline Milns, founder of Zulufish Interiors and BIID member

Craftsmanship remains at the core of creativity – whether championing local design or working  internationally across cultures to celebrate age- old arts and crafts. Join designers Sebastian Cox, Ini  Archibong, Magnus Wästberg and Caroline Milns.


Biodesign - can we square the circle of sustainable production?

Chair: Carole Collet, Director of Sustainable Innovation, Central Saint Martin’s UAL. Speakers: Natsai Audrey Chieza, Dr Marin Sawa of Imperial College London & Marcos Cruz of The Bartlett School of Architecture

Biodesign is a rapidly emerging field operating at the intersection of design and biotechnology. Designing with biology presents unique opportunities to address significant ecological challenges, squaring the circle of sustainable production and finite resources.


The Power of Feeling

Chair: Kasia Maciejowska, arts and design writer. Speakers: Kusheda Mensah, Tej Chauhan, Terri Pecora - designers

Arts writer Kasia Maciejowska hosts a panel featuring three renowned designers to discuss how emotional designs and soft aesthetics shape the human experience.


Design from Adversity

Chair: Rajashree Pathy, founder of India Design Forum. Speakers: Chrissa Amuah of Africa by Design, Doreen Toutikian of Beirut Design Week, Spandana Gopal of Tiipoi

Do we know what it means to design truly out of necessity? Suzanne Trocmé speaks to Chrissa Amuah of Africa by Design, Doreen Toutikian of Beirut Design Week and Spandana Gopal of Tiipoi about design beyond the ‘comfortable western world’.


Head Above Water - Design Activism

Chair: Rama Gheerawo, Director  of Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Speakers: Steuart Padwick, artist and designer, Dr Sally Marlow PHD of King’s College London, Juan Ferrari of Hoare Lea

There is more to design than we think, as  proven by Head Above Water by designer and artist Steuart Padwick – a dynamic piece of public art and design engaging with the public on a new level using technology and science