What’s On –

Manchester In Mind

Thursday 8th October
– runs throughout the festival

Kosmonaut
10 Tariff Street, Manchester M1 2FF

An exhibition celebrating Manchester and the minds that make it,  showcasing a collection of original print designs that explore the significance of Manchester’s minds. In conjunction with the charity Manchester Mind, the exhibition runs throughout the festival.

www.manchesterinmind.co.uk

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Art Now – Swifty

Wednesday 14th October
6.00pm - 8.00pm

PLY
26 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1DW

Design Manchester opens with the launch of Unfinished Business, an exhibition of iconic and appropriated imagery by the prolific graphic artist Ian ‘Swifty’ Swift.

As part of the launch Swifty will take part in an exclusive talk with Professor David Crow, Dean of Manchester School of Art, which will delve into his creative mind and maverick working methods and the exhibition will be on for the whole of the festival.

Unfinished Business marks Swifty’s return to Manchester after nearly 30 years and the exhibition runs throughout the festival, taking over three venues: PLY, Kosmonaut and the window of Manchester’s craft institution Fred Aldous. He will also be selling his wares at the Print Fair at the People’s History Museum and ‘wheat pasting’ at various secret locations around the city!

For two and half  decades he has cast an innovative and distinctive visual shadow over contemporary urban culture as we know it and you can bet your life you’ve seen or even owned a piece of his artwork. Swifty honed his craft with Neville Brody on The Face magazine after leaving Manchester Polytechnic in the late 80s, and by the early 90s had firmly established himself in the music industry with a vast creative output designing record identities and covers for the likes of Talkin’ Loud and Mo Wax. His art direction for the magazine Straight No Chaser lasted nearly 20  years and he was the first person in the UK to start an independent Font Foundry – ‘Typo-Matic’.  Today Swifty continues with his graphic design practice along side producing his own brand of skateboards, t-shirts, print editions and fine art.

He has exhibited and lectured all over the world and now returns to Manchester to re-mix, re-appropriate and re-evaluate various ideas and concepts he started as a student in Manchester but never finished. In the coming months his first book ‘Full Circle’ will be published with gammaproforma.com.

swifty.co.uk

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Music How – New Order / Jon Drape

Thursday 15th October
6.00pm - 9.30pm

70 Oxford Street
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH

In conversation with some of Manchester’s musical legends.

Stephen Morris has had an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, as a pivotal member of Joy Division and New Order with his trademark machine-line drumming that seamlessly wove with the bands’ drum machine sounds. Now New Order are back with a new album Music Complete, released on September 25th, which sees Peter Saville back on artwork duties and the band showing their loyalty to the dancefloor.

Jon Drape is a leading figure in the UK live industry and responsible for some of the biggest festivals and events across the world including  Snowbombing, Festival No6, The Warehouse Project and Manchester’s Parklife. Jon will be appearing with writer, journalist, DJ and creative producer Luke Bainbridge, talking about their work putting together the creative triumph that is Festival No 6.

This evening gives you the opportunity to discover the people and process behind the work.

www.neworder.com

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The Great Debate

Friday 16th October
6.00pm - 9.00pm

The Whitworth
University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

Set in the redesigned Whitworth, The Great Debate will welcome a panel discussion to explore how design contributes to the city, the economy and society – whether through culture, architecture, media, fashion or leading edge technology.

The debate will be chaired by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, joined by a panel featuring Jessica Bowles, head of City Policy at Manchester City Council, Lou Cordwell, CEO of Magnetic North, Design Council chief John Mathers and Andrea Siodmok, head of the Policy Lab at the Cabinet Office.

If you have a question or opinion that should be discussed, send a video selfie we can use to debate@designmcr.com.

The Great Debate is sponsored by Shoosmiths and the All Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, supported by Boot Room Communications and SharpFutures, and hosted by The Whitworth. Event banners provided by Astra Signs.

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National Art&Design Saturday Club

Saturday 17th October
11.00am - 3.00pm

Manchester School of Art, Benzie Building
Higher Ormond Street, Manchester M15 6BR

The National Art&Design Saturday Club is an innovative programme designed to connect secondary level students with degree level learning. This year Manchester School of Art will host a special Masterclass with Design Manchester curators Malcolm Garrett (Images&Co) and John Owens (Instruct).

The Saturday Club is recruiting for club members. If you are aged 14-16 and interested in finding out more or taking part in the club please email Elle Simms on e.simms@mmu.ac.uk.

With access to the School of Art and opportunities to work with students and staff on creative projects, club members will be given insight into Art School and will take part in whole range of Creative disciplines. This exciting club is FREE so get in touch if you would like to be involved!

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Manchester Print Festival – Saturday

Saturday 17th October
11.00am - 4.30pm

People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Spinning Fields, Manchester M3 3ER

The Design Manchester Print Festival is a celebration of print & paper from G.F Smith & the Manchester Print Fair spanning the whole weekend.

Following on from last year’s successful event, this year we have again partnered with Manchester Print Fair and extended the event over the full weekend together with paper maker G.F Smith to host a full schedule of free workshops in screen printing, letterpress, badge making and a special Origami project.

The Manchester Print Fair is a regular independent art & design event that celebrates all manner of printed design, from artist’s books and zines to posters and postcards and t-shirts and tea towels.

The Print Festival will feature over 50 stalls selling affordable artwork and G.F Smith will be hosting 5 free workshops with some of the leading makers in the city.

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Manchester Print Festival – Sunday

Sunday 18th October
11.00am - 4.30pm

People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Spinning Fields, Manchester M3 3ER

The Design Manchester Print Festival is a celebration of print & paper from G.F Smith & the Manchester Print Fair spanning the whole weekend.

Following on from last year’s successful event, this year we have again partnered with Manchester Print Fair and extended the event over the full weekend together with paper maker G.F Smith to host a full schedule of free workshops in screen printing, letterpress, badge making and a special Origami project.

The Manchester Print Fair is a regular independent art & design event that celebrates all manner of printed design, from artist’s books and zines to posters and postcards and t-shirts and tea towels.

The Print Festival will feature over 50 stalls selling affordable artwork and G.F Smith will be hosting 5 free workshops with some of the leading makers in the city.

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Made You Look Documentary

Sunday 18th October
3.00pm - 5.00pm

70 Oxford Street
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH

Made You Look: a film about creativity in the digital age.

In today’s digital age, where do you stand on print media? As times change, it’s clear that newspapers, magazines, printed art, etc don’t have the same impact as they used to. However, they still serve a purpose and offer something special. Produced by Look and Yes, Made You Look is a documentary that explores creativity and art in the digital age, focusing on the graphic arts scene in the UK.

Featuring creatives: Anthony Burrill, Fred Deakin, Kate Moross, Hattie Stewart, Helen Musselwhite, Pete Fowler, Jon Burgerman and many more.

Screening time 70 mins, followed by Q&A with the film’s makers.

Tickets will be available soon.

Made You Look website

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CoderDojo at The Sharp Project

Sunday 18th October
11.00am - 3.00pm

The Sharp Project
Thorp Road, Manchester M40 5BJ

Manchester CoderDojo is a volunteer-led community group for young people learning to code and make things. It is hosted by SharpFutures monthly at The Sharp Project.

We are pleased to welcome Manchester CoderDojo #26 which will take place as part of this year’s Design Manchester festival.

In addition to the regular coding sessions with Python, Scratch, Minetest and Raspberry PI there will be design-focused workshops taking place in the breakout spaces at The Sharp Project.

Please note that due to the popularity of Manchester CoderDojo tickets are very limited – if you would like to attend please email events@thesharpproject.co.uk

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Northern Soul the film – Screening

Sunday 18th October
6.00pm - 8.00pm

Screening venue TBD

Northern Soul is a vibrant and authentic portrayal of adolescent escapism and self-discovery, set against the high-octane Northern Soul scene of mid-seventies Lancashire.

The debut feature film from award-winning photographer, Elaine Constantine features performances from Steve Coogan (Philomena, The Trip), John Thomson (The Fast Show, Waterloo Road), Ricky Tomlinson (Mike Bassett: England Manager, Clocking Off) and Lisa Stansfield (The Edge of Love), and tells the tale of the DJ-led movement that developed in bleak industrial North West England, sparked by the discovery of black American soul music.

With an uncompromising script, original soundtrack and fierce attention to detail, Northern Soul faithfully recreates the vibrant all-nighter scene of the 70s throughout the glory years, and tells an uplifting and honest coming of age story as two best friends confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse, testing their friendship to the limit.

Newcomers Elliot James Langridge and Joshua Whitehouse are compelling in the central roles, as John and Matt, who, fuelled by amphetamines and ambition, discover the youth culture that changed a generation.

The stellar supporting cast includes Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Homefront), Jack Gordon(Panic Button, The Great Train Robbery), James Lance (The Look of Love, Boy Meets Girl),Christian McKay (Rush, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Ashley Taylor-Dawson (Hollyoaks).

Northern Soul writer and director Elaine Constantine comments: “Not many people get to make a film in their lifetime. I’m one of the lucky ones. Recreating a story around the soundtrack to my youth is the most thrilling experience of my life. I hope so much that the younger generation can get as excited and inspired as we did when we discovered it.”

Please note: the day and time of screening of this film has been changed from that previously published and the location is to be confirmed.

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Design Now

Monday 19th October
6.30pm - 9.30pm

Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

In conversation with

Malika Favre
Hudson-Powell
Fred Deakin

An evening showcasing some of the world’s contemporary creatives starting with superstar Parisian illustrator Malika Favre.

Malika rose to prominence working at legendary London studio Airside (Co-founded by a Mr Fred Deakin) but has spread her own wings working for clients such as The New Yorker, Vogue, BAFTA, Sephora and Penguin Books, amongst many others.

Hudson-Powell was formed in 2005 by brothers Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell. Coming from a graphic design and technology background the studio has a broad and multi-disciplinary approach to design and branding. Clients include Coca-Cola, Nickelodeon, University of the Arts London, Wolff Olins and Canteen. We welcome HP at an exciting time as they join Pentagram as partners, the youngest creatives ever to do so in the agency’s history.

Hosting the evening is Fred Deakin, Co-founder of Lemon Jelly and Airside, currently Professor of Interactive Digital Arts at University of the Arts London. Fred has always been at the cutting-edge of design and music, from the Mercury Nominated Lemon Jelly to the hugely influential studio Airside. Fred now is now shaking up how art and design is taught so expect an in-depth and candid conversation.

This evening gives you the opportunity to discover the people and process behind the work but to also get involved with a Q&A session.

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Film How – Northern Soul / Factory

Monday 19th October
6.00pm - 9.00pm

70 Oxford Street
70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH

In conversation with

Debbie Gray
Gary Welch
Yvonne Duckett (Northern Soul)
Phil Chalk (Factory)

Independent film Northern Soul was written and directed by acclaimed portrait photographer Elaine Constantine. With an uncompromising script, original soundtrack and fierce attention to detail, Northern Soul faithfully recreates the vibrant all-nighter scene of the 70’s throughout the glory years, and tells an uplifting and honest coming of age story as two best friends confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse, testing their friendship to the limit.

Produced by Debbie Gray (Maxine Peake as Hamlet) the Bafta nominated film was a surprise top ten UK box office hit in the week of its release. As part of Film How, Debbie Gray, music supervisor Gary Welch and head of wardrobe Yvonne Duckett will give insight into how the film was made, and how the fashion and the music was so faithfully recreated – enamouring and mobilising fans of the music genre to lobby their local cinemas to show the film – moving it into the top ten by sheer force of will.

Phil Chalk is managing director of Altrincham-based multi genre animation studio Factory, which is celebrating its fifth birthday in October, with a period of remarkable growth. This year Factory has brought four high profile productions to air, including Newzoids (ITV), Clangers (CBeebies), Scream Street (CBBC) and two specials for Disney and Club Penguin.

Phil will be giving insight into the realities of animation production in the North West, and how it has come about that Altrincham is producing some of the best and highest quality animation in the world.

Please note: the screening of the film Northern Soul, previously scheduled for Monday 19 afternoon, will now take place on the evening of Sunday 18.

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£10 / 7.50 (Students with valid NUS/Uni/College Card)

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Collabology

Monday 19th October
2.00pm - 4.00pm

70 Oxford Street
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH

This is a students-only event.

Fred Deakin will present his unique, experimental design initiative – Collabology – a multi-location, multi-disciplinary creative workshop run earlier this year between UAL, Manchester School of Art and Falmouth Art School. Fred is professor of Interaction Design at University of the Arts London and the host of Monday evening’s Design Now at the Royal Northern College of Music.

He may also give us some insight into his previous lives as interactive designer at Airside, and musician in Lemon Jelly.

This talk is open to all degree level students of design and apprentices … from Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Stockport … and elsewhere

Come prepared with your questions about the future of design collaboration.

collabology.org

Please email hello@designmcr.com to confirm availability of places.

 

FREE – for students

Design How

Tuesday 20th October
6.00pm - 9.30pm

Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

In conversation with

IDEO
Territory Studio
Ben Terrett
Clive Grinyer
Angus Montgomery
(Design Week)

An evening delving into creative minds and finding out HOW. Underpinning this year’s theme of discovery we host some of the UK’s greatest thinkers, creatives and doers for an evening of discovering how they address complex issues within design.

We are proud to welcome IDEO a a global design company who create impact through design. Steve O’Connor, IDEO’s Executive Design Director will talk about IDEO’s customer-focused approach and how re-thinking design adds value to the world and customers.

Territory Studio are a boutique creative studio specialising in motion, digital and graphic design. They are best known for their immersive UI work on films such as Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy and Avengers.

Ben Terrett is Director of Design at the Government Digital Service (GDS) where he leads a multi-disciplinary design team working across government departments on the gov.uk website. He joined the Cabinet Office in 2012 when GDS was set up to deliver the recommendations in Martha Lane Fox’s “Digital by Default” report. Ben will talk about his inspiration and design process in creating gov.uk and changing culture through digital design.

To complement the theme of Design How we welcome Clive Grinyer. Clive founded design consultancy Tangerine with Jonathan Ive in 1989 and has held distinguished design positions at Samsung, Design Council, Orange & Cisco. Clive is now Customer Experience Director in the Design Office of Barclays Bank, where he helps to develop new digital design projects with a specific focus on UX and UI. He brings a wealth of design experience to bear on ensuring technology projects are usable and accessible for all.

A Q&A panel discussion involving all of the speakers will be hosted by Angus Montgomery of Design Week.

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Know How

Tuesday 20th October
2.00pm - 4.00pm

70 Oxford Street
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH

Based on his own personal experience starting as a graduate working at Applied Information Group and moving on to his current position as Senior Designer at IDEO, Stockport born Matt Cooper-Wright will give insight into what to do to get your design career off to a flying start.

This talk is open to all degree level students of design and apprentices … from Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Stockport (especially Stockport) … and elsewhere

@matt_speaks

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FREE – for students

Manchester Moleskine®

Wednesday 21st October
6.00pm - Late

Twenty Twenty Two
20 Dale St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 1EZ

Nearing the end of the festival with a celebration of Manchester creativity, live illustration, DJs and some special guests…

#MCR_Moleskine is a huge, collaborative group hug and the idea is simple. An A5 Moleskine® sketchbook will be hand delivered to 52 diverse Manchester based creatives inviting them to contribute a unique piece. The exhibition will showcase a selection of the work inside the book.

Admission is free and open to all, and supported by G.F Smith

@MCR_Moleskine

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Manchester Worker Bee Exhibition

Thursday 22nd October
6.00pm - Late

Islington Mill
1 James St, Salford, Lancashire M3 5HW

Manchester Worker Bee set to be celebrated with a creative twist from the city’s screen printing duo, one69A

To celebrate the incredible variety of creative talent in Manchester, One69A are running a design competition and hosting a screen printing party with a selection of prizes up on offer.

The party will include live screen printing demonstrations and workshops that visitors can get involved in as well as live music and refreshments.

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