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Second-City Designers

Friday, June 1, 2018

Second-City Designers

This Summer sees the launch of the Birmingham Design Festival – a celebration of the local, national and international design industry, held from 7th to 10th June, at venues around the city...

Through a carefully-curated programme based around the theme 'Forward' the festival, which has been organised by a team of designers and event organisers who work in the city, hopes to encourage interaction, inspiration and conversation on how design will shape the future in our rapidly changing world.

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The programme of designers and studios confirmed for the festival includes printmakers, illustrators, typesetters, animators, architects, UX aficionados, product designers, digital talent and good people changing the design industry from the top down and the bottom up.

The event hopes to attract a broad spectrum of visitors, from industry professionals to design students, alongside visitors who merely enjoy a casual critique of the modern world. The programme of events will offer an exciting opportunity to engage with a broad range of disciplines and top practitioners from the UK and beyond – not to mention exciting local talent.

The much-anticipated events will be held in some of the city's most impressive and innovative venues across the festival's three Design Districts.

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The festival will kick off on Thursday with An Evening Extravaganza of Printed Passion! the first of three very special ensemble evening events in the Graphic District. The opening night features four practising designers who represent the very cream of the crop, and have a passion for print: Rejane Dal Bello, Craig Oldham, Astrid Stavro and Anthony Burrill.

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Friday in the Graphic District will see an amazing line-up of thinkers, designers and creative maestros who are all experts on branding and advertising, hosted by Patrick Burgoyne, Editor of Creative Review. An Adventure into Advertising & Bighearted Branding! will feature Jack Renwick, Trevor Beattie, Jim Sutherland and Marina Willer.

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Over in the Digital district on Friday the event Future Interfaces will celebrate the future of user interface design, featuring talented designers Basak Haznedaroglu, Andrew Booth, Sam Munnings and Gemma Kingsley who are all making futuristic UI for film, TV and digital product.

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Saturday afternoon will see a special screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story at The Electric Cinema with an introduction from Andrew Booth (Creative Director BLIND Ltd) and Laura Dishington (Lead Designer on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Blade Runner 2049) who collaborated on the film.

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On into Saturday evening the third and final celebration in the Graphic District, An Illuminating Celebration of Colour, Craft & Creativity! will take place at the impressive Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Alongside these headline events, the festival programme will feature workshops, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and screenings curated into three Design Districts across the four days. The Graphic district will be in the city centre, the Digital district in the Digbeth area of the city and the Product district will feature venues in the city's historic and unique Jewellery Quarter.

The festival curators have taken great care to include both modern and historic venues across Birmingham, in order to showcase the innovative institutions and rich heritage the city has to offer.

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Each district will have a hub venue which will play host to a diverse programme of FREE talks featuring some of the world's most innovative, award-winning creative studios including R/GA, Rosie Lee, B-Reel, Make, Gensler and DBLG.

Tickets for these free events are also available online:

BLOC Hotels Birmingham

The BLOC philosophy is new to the UK. The concept is called pared-down chic and is based on ideas we’ve adapted from the best designers around the world. By injecting a little British creativity, we have been pushing the boundaries of hotel design. From the build right down to the finishes in each room, we work with cutting-edge materials and innovative thinkers whose mantra really is, small is beautiful.

The idea is to build very cleverly using the very best materials whilst still making it as cost-effective as possible. And that means we can offer our guests really chic rooms in prime city centre locations at very, very good prices.

Looking for some staycation inspiration? Check out Things to do in Birmingham and start planning your next adventure with BLOC.

BLOC Hotels Birmingham

BLOC Magazine

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As summer draws to a close, the autumn issue of our magazine looks forward to some exciting events that are taking place in our nation's capital, London and second-city, Birmingham.

London is easily accessible from our Gatwick hotel and Birmingham is soon to be home of a second BLOC. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to add other locations where you can sample our affordable luxury.

At BLOC, we have distilled the finest ingredients into a package that provides perfect, yet affordable conditions for any overnight stay in prime locations. It's about no-nonsense style and function.

BLOC magazine embraces this theme. We've curated some of the favourite things we have discovered on our travels including the wonders of the Emerald Isle, Bentley's new concept, travel tech and apps as well as food and drink destinations.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - don't forget to sign up to be eligible for free room upgrades, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions.

We hope that this magazine provides you with insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.