With the event offering visitors the opportunity to book tickets for over 50 free talks alongside a host of free exhibitions, screenings, pop-ups and exhibitions at venues around the city from 6th to 8th June.
The second Birmingham Design Festival will be a celebration of the local, national and international design industry and will offer an accessible and enjoyable programme of events that will encourage visitors to rediscover what they presumed about Birmingham. Tickets can be booked at www.bdf.events
Exciting names from this year's eclectic programme of world-class designers include MinaLima, the duo behind the graphic universe of the Harry Potter film series, Founder of Johnson Banks Michael Johnson, Katherina Tudball of Superunion London who created BBC Two’s new identity, Paul Barnes of Commercial Type, Director & Designer at Aardman Animations Gavin Strange, and Extinction Rebellion's headline grabbing design activists Clare Farrell, Miles Glyn and Clive Russell.
Each day of the festival will see an evening headline event – Thursday evening will cover the theme Designing Community featuring Chris Do (The Futur), Wes O’Haire (Blacks Who Design), Perrin Drum (AIGA) and Milan Moffat (SuperHi); Friday will see MinaLima (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), Erica Dorn (Isle of Dogs), Mike McGee (Framestore) and Gavin Strange (Aardman) discuss Design for Film & TV; and Saturday night's Building Bigger Brands will invite Laura Pol (TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Apple), Jennifer Daniel (Google), Andre Jay Meissner (Adobe XD) and Richard Small (Sony Design) to delve deeply into the festival theme of ‘Truth’.
There will be a diverse range of workshops include paper sculpture with paper artist Sam Pierpoint, UX design and prototyping with Birmingham agency 383 and foil stamping with Foilco. There are also free portfolio reviews and design masterclasses perfect for recent graduates and those starting out in their careers.
With two free graphic exhibitions, a day devoted to video game design, featuring ustwo games and Liam Wong, graffitti art walks around the city and a showcase of Birmingham-made designs and products at the Quartermasters Market, there is something for all interests in a multitude of design disciplines.
Festival Coordinator Dan Alcorn said, "With over 80 hours of free talks and workshops, 3 headline events which are just £15 each, and a variety of exhibitions, masterclasses and screenings, we wanted to make this festival accessible for people of all incomes to learn from the best in the industry and experience what Birmingham's design sector has to offer ."
Birmingham Design Festival 2019 will take place across multiple venues across the south-east side of the city centre in Digbeth, one of the city’s most creative quarters, and curated into three Design Districts (Graphic, Digital & Product).