Mexico 68 Olympics designer Lance Wyman to headline Designival
Joined by Simon Manchipp, founder of SomeOne
Design breakfast, masterclasses, portfolio surgeries, architour in association with RIBA, studio tours, networking, exhibitions, after-party and more
Limited early bird tickets available for £50 (+ booking fee)
- Media partner Creative Review
- Sponsors – ACME and Liverpool Vision
Lance Wyman, the New York-based designer behind the iconic Mexico ’68 Olympic logo, is to be the keynote speaker at Designival – the North’s biggest design festival.
Wyman’s iconic work for the Olympics is still widely revered as the best and most famous piece of logo design in Olympic history. The 74-year old, described by The Washington Post as a “rock star” of graphic arts, has designed a wealth of memorable icons, signage and branding.
After the Olympics, he stayed in Mexico City for four years, creating graphic programs for the Mexico City Metro and Mexico 70 FIFA World Cup – adopting a similar op-art style.
His stylised route map for the Washington Metro became renowned (a piece of work he revisited and redesigned only this year).
Wyman was once again in the news in 2008, when he created a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Joining Wyman on the stage is Simon Manchipp, the out-spoken founder of the awardwinning London-based agency, SomeOne. Manchipp has worked for an enviable list of high profile brands, including Sky Sports, O2, Royal Opera House, Eurostar, Tottenham Hotspur and of course the iconic sports pictograms for the London 2012 Olympics.
This year marks the largest event in its history, with an anticipated 500 creatives from across the UK attending two packed days on November 22nd and 23rd. The event, hosted in partnership with Creative Review, is created and managed by Liverpool creative agencies Smiling Wolf, Black & Ginger and Uniform, and supported by ACME/Liverpool Vision, previously ran as a one-day event under the Design Symposium name.
The festival is being backed by ACME, the support agency dedicated to developing creative industries in the region part of Liverpool Vision, the city’s economic development company.
Kevin McManus, head of creative and digital at Liverpool Vision, said: “The aspiration is for Designival to become the UK’s premier design event which will shine a spotlight on the excellence of Liverpool’s design community.
“It is essential that we retain our home grown talent and increase employment opportunities by making ‘Liverpool’ synonymous with ‘design’.
“Designival will be an amazing ‘show and tell’ for our businesses, professionals, buyers and students, while garnering support and understanding from thought leaders outside of the city.”
“This is the biggest and best event we’ve held to date. It marks a significant shift. This is a celebration of the best, most innovative, most celebrated design across the world, and its now a multifaceted festival with fringe events, pop up shops, exhibitions and masterclasses” said Nick Howe, Managing Director of Uniform.
“We’re delighted that Lance is able to fly in from New York to join us, and that Simon will be able to share his strong views on stage. These are two of the most celebrated men in the industry,” said Alex Frech, Director of Black and Ginger.
Taking place on November 22nd across Liverpool and on the 23rd at the coolest new venue in the city Camp And Furnace, Designival will feature keynote sessions from both Lance and Simon as well as a design-themed breakfast with guest speaker, masterclasses from Liverpool creatives Apposing, Milky Tea and Uniform, portfolio surgeries with Black & Ginger and Smiling Wolf, as well as an architour across the city (in association with RIBA), studio tours, networking, exhibitions and an after-party running well into the night.
In addition, Designival will see the launch of The Designist: a design biased guide to Liverpool and an insight into where to go and what to do over 48 hours if you’re a committed design geek. Written and curated in association with online arts magazine The Double Negative (www.thedoublenegative.co.uk) the project features a pocket, tourist friendly guide retailing across the city; a website featuring the guide content / map and 48 hour/short stay itinerary featuring design hotspots and an exhibition which will form an integral part of the Designival schedule.
“It’s fantastic that we’re able to bring such a prestigious event to the city. We’ve already demonstrated the appetite for a strong design event in Liverpool with the Design Symposium, but this exciting new format sets us in a new direction. It really embraces the city and its creative spirit,” said Simon Rhodes, Director of Smiling Wolf.
A limited number of early bird tickets are available now, priced £50 (plus booking free) via Eventbrite link is here: http://designival.eventbrite.co.uk
Tickets include access to all Designival events, including keynote lectures, masterclasses and after party, all fringe events, and a free copy of The Designist city guide. Full price for the event will be £65 (plus booking fee).
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