“Digital Fix – Fix Digital” is the slogan of this year’s Next Conference, capturing the idea of possibly having to save the digital world from itself. Above all, the distribution of roles between man and machine, and between man and technology is the focus, because often the aim of a digital application is scarcely discernible. For this reason, the two-day conference in Hamburg will consider whether to put mankind back in the driving seat. To achieve this, the organisers are bringing together over 1,500 decision makers, opinion leaders, and creative minds in order to look for interdisciplinary solutions together. The speakers at the event include Andrew Keen, the author of “How to Fix the Future”, the design researcher, Pamela Pavliscak, as well as Rand Hindi, the founder of an AI research lab.
A conference on the potential of design looking at the practical and theoretical aspects involved in the process of brand building will be held at the University of West London in co-operation with the London Design Festival 2018. The focus is on networking, mutual inspiration and support, innovative approaches, and a shared learning experience, always with the aim of leading brands positively and sustainably into the future. Amongst the speakers are Marina Willer from the international design consultancy Pentagram, and Orit Gal, economist at Regent’s University London, who deals with research into complex social systems. The ticket price includes dinner on 21 September 2018 and a guided tour of the Beazley Designs of the Year at the London Design Museum the following day.
Art Out Loud
This will be the fourth year that the “Art Out Loud” festival takes place at Chatsworth House, bringing together speakers from the worlds of design, architecture, and art. Included amongst the contributors are the artist Lubaina Himid, who in 2017 was the first black female artist to win the Turner Prize, and the photographer David Dawson, long-time assistant and friend of the British painter, Lucian Freud. Tickets for individual events can be purchased on the event’s website, as can day tickets that allow visitors to attend three different lectures on Friday and Sunday and four lectures on Saturday.
Retune Festival 2018
The Retune Festival, which took place for the first time in 2012, brings together more than 250 creative people to discuss the interfaces between design, art, and technology. They will show how they combine creativity with technology in theory and practice through presentations, workshops, and exhibitions. Various art and design studios throughout Berlin will be open to visitors on 28 September 2018.
Give Criticism – Take Criticism
Forms of criticism, the influence of criticism, and how to deal with criticism, are the central themes of the symposium called “Kritik austeilen – Kritik einstecken” [Give Criticism – Take Criticism]. After all : “If you dish it out you have to be able to take it too!” On 29 September 2018, four participants from the worlds of journalism, art, activism, and politics will talk about their role as social critics and the best way to deal with criticism. The symposium will be moderated by Friedrich von Borries from HFBK Hamburg and Amelie Deuflhard, director of Theater Kampnagel. In addition, students of the HFBK Hamburg have developed an exhibition on responsible criticism, which takes place from 27 September to 6 October 2018 in the Kampnagel foyer.
The Bangkok International Typographic Symposium (BITS) is the “first and the only typographic and type design festival in South East Asia” to bring designers and interested parties together for the eighth time to discuss new developments in typography and its fields of application. This year, the event will take place in the coastal town of Hua Hin, bringing an informal approach to the programme: lectures will take place on the beach, and discussions in the swimming pool. Despite the deliberately relaxed atmosphere (shorts and swimwear are indicated as the dress code), the level of content will not be inferior to previous events. Speakers include the graphic designer and author Chawanat Suwan, the typographer and co-founder of The Font Bureau, David Berlow, and Tan Sueh Li, font and graphic designer and founder of the Huruf educational platform.
For over ten years now, the UX-Day has been bringing together a wide audience in Mannheim to consider topics such as digital strategy, marketing, industry 4.0, e-commerce, technology, user experience, social media, and usability. An important part of the event is the UX-Day conference, at which user-experience experts provide input and food for thought to encourage visitors to take a look beyond their own specialist area. The speakers are drawn from industry and business as well as from research. The conference will be complemented by workshops, and four masterclasses in the C-Hub creative business centre entitled “Gamification”, “Creativity”, “Data Visualization”, and “UI Animation Next Level” will emphasise different focal points within the field of user experience. The UX-Day is supplemented by a street-food market and networking opportunities.
The Push Conference is a platform for international designers, developers, and user experience (UX) professionals and is primarily dedicated to UX design and interaction design. A range of lectures, discussions, and an interactive exhibition will cover current design-related topics, with opportunities to exchange inspirations and innovative ideas, alongside a chance to see presentations on new developments in the field of interaction design. Customer-centred design and its implications, the combination of design with values related to our times, and concrete suggestions to enhance designers’ creativity and productivity are just some of the topics covered at the conference. Speakers include Josh Clark, director of Big Medium, Designer Signe Roswall, and Cynthia Savard Saucier, UX Director at Shopify.
Vision Plus México
The Vision Plus conference focuses on the influence of information design on the development and experience of cities. International professionals, students, and teachers will come together at the conference to discuss innovative approaches and skills in information design, as well as solutions to problems such as climate change, urban mobility, traffic risks, and disaster management. Since 1995, the International Institute for Information Design has been organising international symposia under the banner of Vision Plus. The global network of designers and organisations is committed to optimising information technology and business processes in education, science, and everyday life.