Tuesday 21st June 2022
Birmingham Design Festival
It has been a very long time since I used the blog section of my website - between uni, Etsy sales and a lot of fun stuff alongside, I very much fell off the wagon! However, when I went to the Birmingham Design Festival a couple of weeks ago I thought it was so good that I really wanted to share my thoughts in some way that was different and a bit more substantial than an Instagram post (which nobody seems to see these days anyway!). I only went for the Thursday of the festival so I can't comment on all of it, but what I did experience was really amazing and inspiring and I would encourage anyone with an interest in design, illustration or anything artistic to go next year! Below I've shared some thoughts about the day and what I took away from each of the talks and workshops that I went to.
The initial decision to go to the festival was a big one - anyone familiar with me on Instagram will know that I am very much a one man band - occasionally roping friends in to staple up Christmas orders or run to the postbox! But one of my goals for 2022 was to go on my first business trip, so when I found the Birmingham Design Festival on Instagram and looked back at previous years' events, I thought it would be a great idea to go. Fast forward a few months and I selected and booked my place at the talks, bought my train ticket and I was on my way. It was a very nerve wracking experience - not least because Birmingham is a big place and I've not been since before Covid - but once I got to the festival the staff were super helpful and gave me directions to my first talk and a lovely welcome pack - pictures below! I loved that the programme for the event was printed like a newspaper - what a cool idea!
After a quick look around at the sponsor stands, I headed up to my first talk - "Energy delivers more creative opportunities than talent alone" with Shaun Loynds. I absolutely loved this talk, it was a real highlight of the day for me. It was all about how the energy you take into something can really make or break it. Mostly Shaun talked about how going into a project with fresh, positive energy can really turn it around, but he also made smaller points too - about being the person in the office who offers everyone a cuppa and says good morning. I am a firm believer that kindness gets you everywhere and I think there should be a lot more of it, so the whole talk really resonated with me. I also loved seeing some of Shaun's collage and sketchbook work from across his career from art school up to the present day. There was a tight time allocation for all the talks to ensure the day flowed smoothly but I wish I could have heard more of this one! If you're interested in what was said, here are the notes I took (though I can't promise they make sense!)