Designival is one of the UK's biggest and most established design festivals.

Taking place on Friday July 18 2014, as part of the International Festival for Business, the event attracts some of the highest profile and most recognised national and international designers.

Since launching in 2008, Designival has become one of the UK's essential diary dates for agency owners, directors and creatives with over 500 delegates from across the UK.

We take our lead from inspirational speakers, and worked alongside key industry partners at the Design Business Association (DBA) and D&AD to create an incredible networking opportunity, where ambitious creatives and leading figures from the industry can meet, learn and debate in a unique environment.

The day will be packed with keynotes from icons of the industry, a design themed breakfast, masterclasses, portfolio surgeries, open studio tours across the city and an after party to end all after parties at Camp and Furnace.


The Speakers

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Day 1

Open Studios Session A
09.00 - 11.00
Open Studios Session B
11.15 - 13.15
Design Business Lunch feat. Jonathan Sands
12.00 - 13.00
Tom Evans
13.15 - 14.15
Morag Myerscough
14.45 - 15.45
Jonathan Barnbrook
16.00 - 17.00
Matt Baxter & Dom Bailey
17.15 - 18.15


Full price £45 (£10 students)

Buy tickets here.


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About ACME & Liverpool Vision


ACME is the development agency for the creative industries on Merseyside. Ensuring that the sector remains at the forefront of the region's strategy for economic growth; ACME works with public and private sector partners to proactively lobby and advise funders and policy makers. As well as its strategic role, ACME also provides practical support for businesses operating in the region which includes; tailored one-to-one mentoring and advice, strategic development programmes, information support services and sector focused networking opportunities.

In 2009 Merseyside ACME joined forces with Liverpool Vision.

Liverpool Vision is the Economic Development Company for Liverpool. Established at a critical stage in the city's urban and economic renaissance, the company is now enabling Liverpool to complete and accelerate the considerable economic recovery and growth it has experienced over the last decade. Liverpool Vision is focused on building a confident and competitive international city, a vibrant knowledge centre and cultural capital whose dynamic creativity drives a thriving and inclusive economy.

Designival is fast becoming a major event in the UK design calendar. ACME first supported Design Symposium North in 2009 and it remains an important part of the organisations commitment to support the continued growth of this sector.


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