Designival festival held in Liverpool

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New York designer, Lance Wyman

One of the North West’s most established design festivals is coming to Liverpool this month.

Designival first came to Liverpool in 2008 for the Capital of Culture and this month it will be held in Camp and Furnance, in the Baltic triangle area of the city, which is known as the city’s cultural quarter. The festival is for anyone who appreciates all aspects of design and this year it will be the biggest-ever event which will celebrate the most innovative designs across the world.

New York-based designer Lance Wyman, 78, will be the keynote speaker at the festival. His work, which includes the iconic Olympic ’68 logo, is still very much talked out by designers today and he has been described by The Washington Post as a “rock star” of graphic arts. He has designed a number of other memorable icons, including a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.

Simon Manchipp, the founder of an award-winning London based agency, SomeOne, will also be a guest speaker at Designival. He has worked for many high-profile brands which include o2, Sky Sports and the sports pictograms for the 2012 London Olympics. Illustrator and toy designer, James Jarvis, and Belgian graphic designer, Sara De Bondt, will also be speaking at the event.

Designival Associate Director Scott McCubbin said: “We are proud of how this project has developed and evolved. We are pleased to hold a national event in Liverpool because the city has a great heritage of creative thinking.”

The festival was previously run for one day, but because of its success it has expanded over two days.

This year they have launched the Designist, which is a tourist-friendly guide for anyone who isn’t familiar with Liverpool to enable them to embrace the city and its creative spirit.

Designival is sponsored by RBS and supported by Liverpool Vision and ACME, which is the development agency for creative industries in Merseyside

Designival will take place on 22nd and 23rd of November, with tickets costing £50 which includes access to all of the events.

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