About

Images from previous Design Manchester events
Images from previous Design Manchester events


Design Manchester was created to provide the voice of design in and connected with Manchester.

We are a not-for-profit organisation running events and programmes throughout the year. Our headline activity is DM, the annual design festival for the city, which takes place every October and is now in its fourth year.

Design Manchester was established in 2013 with the support of Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, which remains a key partner. The highlight of the first festival was a day of presentations by designers from Manchester and around the world in the Town Hall. In 2014, Design Manchester linked up with the Science Festival and also attracted thousands to an exhibition of classic trainers by adidas Spezial. That year also saw our first public design debate.

Design is for everyone.

Last year, DM15 attracted more than 20,000 visitors to 17 events over eight days, held in venues along the Corridor, in the Northern Quarter and other parts of Manchester, generating more than 4 million social media impressions and reaching 19 million people through press coverage. The events include exhibitions, showcase presentations, films, live performances, workshops, community programmes, a design fair and the annual debate. Download Document 15 for the full story of DM15.

The work designers do is used by everyone. Design Manchester is for established and emerging designers, creative professionals, students, public services, industry, families, young people and old people in all of Greater Manchester’s diverse communities, as well as visitors from across the region, the country and the world.