Global Design Forum programme announced

London Design Festival announces an inspiring talks and workshops programme for Global Design Forum, taking place at the V&A from 14-22 September 2019, supported by Headline Partner OPPO. Over 50 speakers from all corners of the global design community will share new perspectives on designing for a changing future. Highlights include keynote sessions with renowned global architect, Kengo Kuma, discussing his career and journey to date; Yves Behar speaking about his experience of how democratising design can help empower communities; and Deborah Riley, Production Designer and Art Director, Game of Thrones, on creating the sets for one of the world’s most watched shows.

Additional speakers include Laurent Simon, Executive Creative Director, BBC Creative on the Pain and Gain of Creative Collaboration; a session chaired by Alexandra Deschamp-Sonsino, Author, Smarter Homes in conversation with Ross Atkin, Designer, and Suhair Khan, UK Project Lead, Google Arts & Culture; and Ben Parker, Made Thought, with Carole Collet, Director of Sustainable Innovation at LVMH, on Sustainability, Design and Brands.

Global Design Forum is the Festival’s curated thought leadership programme, celebrating design and the minds shaping its future. Tapping into the Festival’s unrivalled network of industry-leading designers and experts, the Forum features a unique mix of talks, debates, tours and workshops that together reflect the most innovative thinking in the world of design today. The 2019 programme will explore the issues affecting the design industry itself but more importantly, how design can pave the way for workable solutions to some of the modern world’s most pressing challenges.

The Forum is themed per day with the following revealed:

  • Saturday 14 September: The Future Of Production

  • Sunday 15 September: Graphic Design

  • Monday 16 September: Biodesign: Engineering a Future

  • Tuesday 17 September: Design for Change

  • Wednesday 18 September: Digital Futures

  • Thursday 19 September: Sustainability: Revolution and Solution

  • Friday 20 September: The Theatre of Experience

London Design Festival Director, Ben Evans CBE says, “Global Design Forum is a core part of the Festival. Every year it brings together some of the world’s greatest design minds to examine the innovative thinking and experimentation that is shaping our industry and the world around us. Themed per day, this year will place special emphasis on the environment, sustainability, new material solutions and the future of production.”

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