Smart thinking, thinking Smart.
The DM19 Conference

Fri Nov 22, 2019
10:00am - 6:00pm
The Bridgewater Hall
Level One
Idle Letters - Adventures in Lettering Workshop

A collaboration with Loz Ives

Idle Letters is I’m Loz Ives, a designer, illustrator and letterer from the rainy North of England. During the day Loz will be hosting letter workshops and generally playing with type.

Level One
G . F Smith present ...

Paper, craft and making brought to you by G . F Smith. Following from last years 'CHAOS' exhibition expect lots of paper, colours and fun on level one.

Level Two

To be announced...

Barbirolli Room
Ladies Wine Design Presents

A series of talks, short workshops and Q&As hosted by LWD + DM

Two sessions spread across the day on the themes of 'Design Smart' and 'The age of the female gaze . We have some very special speakers across Design, Photography, Architecture and much more.

Barbirolli Room

A panel, re-exploring the creative sector, its issues with inclusion and diversity - because thinking inclusively, means thinking smart. Hosted by FUSE and Do That Thing diffuse will also exhibit work from a manifesto on racial and intersectional inclusion for Manchester's creative scene.

Level Two

RareMags collect magazines so you can collect magazines, come and pour over delicious print and part some coin with exclusive DM merchandise.

Level Two
D(isrupt)M Transformation by Design

With the ashes of our political stability still burning on we look at the resourceful, the nimble and the canny who can lift or shape shift an idea and inspire us to move forwards (wherever forwards may be!)

In 2019 we’re a year smarter, a year angrier in some respects but always motivated to celebrate design in all of its forms, so our theme will reflect the word SMART and everything that encapsulates.

We’ve assembled some of the worlds smartest (we think) creatives and a truly diverse bunch, from bridge builders to laser makers all ready to inspire no matter what your background is… creative or just curious.

There will be talks, discussions, exhibitions a plenty across the multiple spaces meaning you’re not glued to your seat but in reality who would want to miss these speakers.

The Bridgewater Hall

The Bridgewater Hall is an iconic central Manchester venue, built to give the best possible space for sound. The Hall hosts over 250 performances a year including classical music, rock, pop, jazz, world music and now it’s going to host creatives and the curious for a very special day. The Hall is home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

The space is fully accessible for wheelchair users and the space offers Sennheiser infra-red hearing systems, please enquire if you need any assistance.

See the venue

DM offers networking opportunities with industry practitioners to work with the next generation of designers to enable an easier transition from education into the creative industries, which has a big impact on the students learning experience and also adds to the reputation of the course and the University.

Joanne Greenhalgh
University of Salford (BA Graphics)

Design Manchester is a unique experience each year, the careful curation and development from its founding years has developed into an essential date in the Hyper Island Calendar. We are proud to be able to support this amazing event and be part of. Its appeal lies in the teams understanding of the depth of different design fields and ability to find and host leading voices in those areas. Each year brings a new angle to ponder for industry practitioners, students and those just loving a toe dip in the creative waters alike.

Tash Willcocks
Head of School, Hyper Island

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
(Registration from 9:00 am)

Early Bird Tickets
There is a limited quantity of early bird tickets so be quick!

There will be plenty of breaks and the upper tiers will be open for people to come/leave freely and experience the other content inside the space.

Who is this for
Designers / Architects / Creative Professionals / Educators / Students / Policy Makers / DM is for everyone who has an interest in creativity and wants to be inspired.

We do discounts for large groups/schools/colleges/Universities so get in touch.


Wheelchair and hearing loop

You can view more information on here about the Bridgewater Hall, it’s situated close to some old nightclub people seem to harp on about a lot.

We’re partnering with an exciting new hotel in the city: more information will be released soon.

Food and drink
There will be refreshments available to buy within the venue, you can bring your own packed lunch or there are plenty of other food outlets near to the venue for lunch.