Design events in May

North West Focal Point
May 18, 2006

Forum for designers in the North West of England.

The Cocoa Rooms, 1-6 Chapel Street, Manchester M3 7NJ at 6.30 PM

Details at the Chartered Society of Designers

May 18, 2006
User Engagement - highways and by-laws
New Media Knowledge

A communications revolution is happening, a shift in power putting control of screen-based experiences into the hands of consumers. But can the regulators keep up with innovation? And can safety and unfettered people-power evolve in the same space? [...] What are commercial, cultural and regulatory issues for organizations that arise from the increasing popularity of social software and online communities? How can we ensure that we protect participants where necessary without infringing the libertarian spirit of the online world?

Venue: 01Zero-One, Hopkins St, Soho, London W1F 0HS from 1 PM to 7 PM. Admission: £80.

Details here

May 22, 2006
Bartle Bogle Hegarty Retrospective

Responsible for such iconic campaigns as Levi’s ‘launderette’, Audi’s ‘Vorsprung Durch Technik’ and Unilever’s ‘The Lynx Effect’, BBH is one of the most famous, successful and revered advertising agencies in the world. In this major retrospective lecture, founders John Hegarty and Nigel Bogle provide an overview of the agency from its beginnings in 1982 to its current position as Campaign’s UK agency of the year.

Old Billingsgate, 16 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EA
Sadly, this event is now sold out.

May 31, 2006 
EULDA - deadline for entries to the European logo design annual competition.

"EULDA is the new high-profile graphic design award scheme that will reward the finest logos designed in Europe. Entries will be selected by an innovative three-tier jury, comprising ten top design professionals, ten major international clients and finally ten ordinary people, representing the ultimate target market of consumers. The results will be published in the 2006 Annual, a substantial hard bound volume of exceptional print quality, which will be distributed worldwide."

For more information visit

May 31, 2006
Closing date for nominations - New Statesman New Media Awards

See here.

Throughout May
Workshops: DBA Business Development Briefings 2006
Design Business Association

'Planning for new business: How to find, win and develop clients'.

This event will cover:
- Putting your business development plan together
- How to get the right clients
- How to generate new business leads
- Do's and don'ts for first time contact with clients
- Could you/should you export?

Glasgow: 16 May at CCA
Newcastle: 17 May at The Sage Centre  
Leeds: 23 May at Round Foundry

For more details, see the Design Business Association website.

Running until June 18
Design Museum
Designer of the Year exhibition

Work on show for 2006's Designer of Year award at the Design Museum includes product designer Tom Dixon, the behind the redesign of the Guardian newspaper in Berliner format, humanitarian architect Cameron Sinclair, and Jamie Hewlett, comic illustrator and visual force behind Gorillaz to life.

The winner will be announced at a prize-giving event on May 22.

More details at the Design Museum site.

Comment: Those unable to make it to the exhibition can find an excellent Flikr photoset here, courtesy of 'Gigijin'.

Also, does anyone else 'of a certain age' (i.e. my age) think of Hewlett more for the acid flashbacks of his mental patient day-trip outing Hewligan's Haircut than for Gorillaz? Not even thirty yet and it's time for a pipe and slippers... The fifteen year old comic was reprinted a few years back, for anyone who cares.

June 6, 2006
Content 2.0
New Media Knowledge

The UK's digital media conference.

How user generated content and digital social networks are reshaping the value of content and challenging "professionally-produced" content - offline and on - is the focus of NMK's summer conference. The rise of the superchannels, new marketing techniques attuned to Content 2.0, the power of search and recommendation and the dynamics of folksonomy will be explored and debated.

RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ from 9 AM until 5.30 PM.

Full details from here.

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