10 - 20 October 2013

We may have rebranded as the Northern Design Festival this year but we are still celebrating design across all sectors and have an exciting array of exhibitions, events, talks and workshops to inspire and delight.


The theme for 2013 is Create:Digital and examines the recent advances in digital technologies that have impacted designer’s work and processes leading to the development of highly creative work, which only a few short years ago would have been considered unachievable.

We see a welcome return of the curated selling exhibition the Design Event MART, featuring over 25 designers from the North of England and a newly curated illustration exhibition aptly named Illustrate, will feature the work of ten professional Northern illustrators, these exhibitions will take place at our new festival hub, the Globe Gallery in Newcastle.

There will be a seminal exhibition demonstrating the theme of the festival perfectly entitled Create:Digital, featuring work from internationally renowned designers such as Dominic Wilcox, Michael Young and fashion powerhouse Issey Miyake showcasing products made via new digital methods including 3d printing, 3d scanning and coding amongst others.

We have also commissioned a generative artwork by Matt Pearson using data from our Twitter followers to translate into beautiful forms, each individually created, take a look and see if you can spot yourself!

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