The Designersblock Academy presents Listen Watch Share

September 17, 2013

The Designersblock Academy presents
Listen Watch Share
Sunley Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall
19th and 20th September 2013

The Designersblock Academy provides advice, support, networking opportunities and  live projects for designers at different stages in their careers, complimenting our showcase platforms. It is a project that will evolve over time, drawing on the skills and insights of our team and our creative collaborators.

We are very conscious of the possibilities for a new generation of designers and creative entrepreneurs to understand the territory and set out on successful career paths; pathways that are emergent in quality, evolve in diverse ways and where good attitude and smart behaviour are key generators of unpredictable opportunities.

We work together with partners who share similar motivations, experience and perspective knowing this territory to be of vital importance. The Listen Watch Share programme at Southbank Centre 2013 brings together a number of voices to discuss key themes relevant to the advancement of the sector.

Tickets £10 per session, available from the Southbanks Centre Box Office and website

Seminar 1:
Design and Education: Thursday 19th September 12.30 to 14.30

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Seminar 2:
Design and Entrepreneurship:Thursday 19th September 17.00 to 19.00

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Seminar 3:
Design and Science: Friday 20th September 12.30 to 14.30

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Seminar 4:
Design and Society: Friday 20th September 17.00 to 19.00

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The Designersblock Academy presents
Listen Watch Share
Seminar 1: Design and Education:
Thursday 19th September 12.30 to 14.30

50,000 design students graduate annually from UK Universities. A good understanding of career options is of ever more vital importance to universities, ever more relevant to students. Recent graduates and experienced design practitioners tell their stories. Ideal for those curious how to move forward in an uncertain world, what is the world of work really like, as told by recently graduated designers, their tutors,those supposed to know and those with something worth saying to say.

12.30:
Introduction: Piers Roberts (Designersblock)

12.40:
Marco Monterzino: The Designer as Adventurer; a journey of contrast and exchange through The Western Sahara to Milano e Torino, Paris and the City of London.

12.55:
Life lived forward. In a panel session chaired by Piers Roberts, recent graduates Patrick Stevenson-Keating, Camilla Barnard, Christopher Hall and Nadine Spencer discuss the challenges of a post college life, what’s it really like, what are they looking forward to, what’s gone wrong and what support do they need along the way. They tell us what they really wished they’d actually known back then and what they say to the next generation.
13.30:

A new design for learning Jodie Eastwood (Creativeworks) explores the current dialogue between the world of academia and that of the design entrepreneur. How can Universities engage further with the ‘real world’ experience of creatives, incorporating their observations into a new model of teaching in Higher education.

13.50:
With 50 years experience supporting creative entrepreneurs Alex Brownless of Artsthread, Sophie Walter of onedotzero and Piers Roberts of Designersblock have seen a thing or two. Have they learnt anything? With observations and perspectives on early stage career development and successful business growth. How can we prepare people to make smarter choices on creative journeys, what expectations should designers have of education, of project partners and of business.

14.30: finish

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The Designersblock Academy presents
Listen Watch Share
Seminar 2: Design and Entrepreneurship:
Thursday 19th September 17.00 to 19.00

Creative industries contribute between 6% and 8% to the UK economy, growing at twice the rate of other sectors – much of this is driven by ‘design entrepreneurs’. Who are they, where are the opportunities, why is this important and what issues do they commonly have to confront? This seminar promises a wealth of insight relevant to design entrepreneurs and others seeking an understanding of the opportunities the sector offers.

17.00:
Introduction by Piers Roberts (Designersblock)

17.05:

Designers make great entrepreneurs or do they?

Chaired by Dr Catherine Morel, Director of the MA Creative Industries and the Creative Economy at Kingston University in discussion with Russell Pinch (Pinch), Paul Bishop (The New English) and Micheal-George Hemus (Plumen and Hulger).

Do designers make good entrepreneurs? Why aren’t there more designers who are start-up founders? What can entrepreneurs learn from designers? To answer these questions and many more, we have gathered a panel of three inspirational design entrepreneurs who will tell us how they also designed their business.

18.00:
Entrepreneurship: Object, narrative and network

Chaired by Nic Roope, creative director of Poke London in discussion with Daljit Singh (Happiness), Bethany Koby (Technology Will Save Us) and Andy Bell (Mint Digital)

It’s difficult to imagine how entrepreneurial designers can reach global markets without digital media. So we’ve gathered a panel who’ve evolved from pedlars of bits and bytes to atomic masterminds; people grounded in digital media who’ve started to deal with “stuff”. We’ll be talking about the new negotiation between object, narrative and network.

18.30: finish

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The Designersblock Academy presents
Listen Watch Share
Seminar 3: Design and Science:
Friday 20th September 12.30 to 14.30

This year Designersblock are launching a new platform, The Fifth Element with 30 cutting edge projects; where “designtists”, “futurologists” and “dreamers” advance the boundaries of design by fusing research and scientific technologies to create experimental concepts. Since we started in 1998 we’ve been getting excited about designers using new technologies in their work. In fact it’s probably one of the main reasons that we got started.

These are designers who look to current thought in the sciences, technology, new materials, nature and very new ideas to deliver products, experiences and services that instigate and anticipate change in our day to day landscapes. In this seminar, designers give voice to their projects and the sometimes surprising outcomes to stem from their collaborations.

Another remarkable collaboration is that between UK Beatbox champion, illustrator and long term Designersblock collaborator, Reeps One and neurobiologist professor Sophie Scott. What do they see in each other? Together they will tell their story of deepening layers of understanding, respect and appreciation as two seemingly un-connected worlds collide.

12.30:
Introduction by Piers Roberts (Designersblock)

12.40:
Fifth Element exhibitors Jennifer Crouch (Jiggling Atoms), Lina Patsiou, Rob Elford and Kaddie Rothe introduce us to their work and their experience of collaborations with the world of science and technology. As we all wonder at this potential, what is fascinating them, what happens next and tell us your dreams for the future.

13.20:
How do we create a culture of Creativity and Innovation? Drawing on the latest insights of neuroscience to discuss Brainplasticity, Neural Pathways and the Subconscious. Araceli Camargo and Anne Fritz.
(THECUBE London) with Daniel Guitierrez (WeCreate, NYC)

13.35:
Neuroscience and creative performance: Neurobiologist Professor Sophie Scott (University College London) in conversation with UK Beatbox champion Reeps One to explore what they learnt from looking inside his brain whilst performing in an MRI scanner. Includes beatboxing.

14.30 finish

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The Designersblock Academy presents
Listen Watch Share
Seminar 4: Design and Society:
Friday 20th September 17.00 to 19.00


Design should be for everyone. How can design contribute to the quality of life of all people or must design inevitably serve best those with the most. Who benefits from well designed social engagement projects, skills development for normal kids, the creative use of empty spaces fostering diverse culturally engaged neighbourhoods. The motivation for such projects is not focussed as squarely on profits but encompass a contribution to community wellbeing, designing projects with gainful opportunities for all involved. For some, growing self confidence and esteem, the sense of achievement and a better environment within which to operate. Involving everyone in the dialogue is crucial as we look to design process to assist in the conceptualisation, application and delivery of initiatives that spark a better society. Out of the Dark will explain their work with young people developing skills in furniture restoration, adding purpose and value to sometimes troubled lives. Colour trend forecaster Justine Fox explains how the new thinking of young designers helps high street brands 'appreciate the mood of what society is thinking and where society is going.' Dancer and choreographer Jen Irons tells us what happens when she brings dance to a bunch of Stratford residents. Designersblock explore how designers utilise underused buildings to encourage the creative regeneration and revitalisation of cities.

17.00:
Introduction by Piers Roberts (Designersblock)


17.10:
Jay and Jade Blades are the inspirational founders of Out of the Dark; a charitable social enterprise that trains, educates and employs young people recycling, restoring and revamping salvaged furniture. Not only will we hear Jay and Jade's story, we will meet 5 of the young people involved in the project.

17.40:
Justine Fox (Clarity InColour) asks what role the young designer plays in the world of colour and design trend forecasting: What and how do industries learn about their futures from platforms like Designersblock? Who and what might spark interest for coolhunters and forecasters at this year's Southbank event?


18.00:
Choreographer and Movement Director, Jennifer Irons (make.AMPLIFY) will share approaches to regeneration through socially engaged arts projects.

18.15:
East London has witnessed massive and rapid change over a short period of time. Creative engagement with space contributes to,often drives urban revitalisation. What has Hackney done well, what happens next and how could things be better? In seeking to extend and repeat this phenomenon, can a renewed dialogue between councils, creatives and building owners bring about better results? Piers Roberts (Designersblock) with Fred Thackeray (A door for).Claire Martin of the Mill Co projectand Hamish Jenkinson one of the brains behind the Old Vic Tunnels.

18.45:
Michael Da Costa Babb (Management Consultant): Soul by Design? “It is March 1990. I am about to walk through the doors at City Limits. Bernard Clarke has just bought the magazine and a new team has been installed to sweep the collective spirit out of the title. Little do I know but this door will lead me into a very close relationship with various aspects of design and on a personal journey that will take me from Londonto Portugal and back again…”

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