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April

Forward Festival Vienna

Gartenbaukino, Vienna / DE
– 27.04.2018
forward-festival.com 

As a festival for creativity, design and communication, the Forward festival gathers together members of the local design scene to present their success stories during the conference and to give insights into the development processes behind these. The conference is accompanied by various events such as workshops, live art sessions, and networking opportunities with the aim of establishing a creative community that encourages interaction in order to progress together. is year’s speakers include studio Snøhetta for architecture, landscape planning, and interior design as well as Vladimir Milivojevich, the photographer who is best known by his artist’s name of Boogie. After the event on 26 and 27 April žƒ‚‡2018 in Vienna, the Forward festival will take place in Munich on 30ƒ and 31‚ May žƒ‚‡2018, in Zurich on ‚1 and 2ž June 2018žƒ‚‡, and for the first time in Hamburg on 5 July žƒ‚‡.

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Read On. Design of Digital Reading

Hochschule, Mainz / DE
27.04.2018 – 27.04.2018
readon.hs-mainz.de 

The Gutenberg Intermedia masters course on “Type and Code” at the Hochschule Mainz is organising a one-day conference on 27 April 2018 entitled “Read On. Design of Digital Reading”. “How should digital reading media be designed today to meet diverse demands?” This is one of the main questions posed by the conference dealing with typography oriented to the future.

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How Design Live

Hynes Convention Center, Boston / US
30.04.2018 – 03.05.2018
howdesignlive.com 

The brand How was brought into being as a printed magazine back in ‚œ‡1985. Now, in addition to the magazine, further products and events such as the How Design Live conference are part of its portfolio. Working with the American Marketing Association, the conference strives to improve the collaboration between marketing and design. Over ‚ƒƒ100 different presentations are intended to instigate an international exchange of ideas. The speakers this year include Adam J. Kurtz, a designer, artist, and author, Brian Collins who with his eponymous company has already won many creative awards, and Dorothéa Bozicolona- Volpe, whose expertise lies in strategic digital marketing. Standard tickets cost ‚1,895 US dollars if purchased before ‚16 April žƒ‚‡2018. Reductions are possible for restricted entry or reduced access to selected events.

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May

How Design Live

Hynes Convention Center, Boston / US
30.04.2018 – 03.05.2018
howdesignlive.com 

The brand How was brought into being as a printed magazine back in ‚œ‡1985. Now, in addition to the magazine, further products and events such as the How Design Live conference are part of its portfolio. Working with the American Marketing Association, the conference strives to improve the collaboration between marketing and design. Over ‚ƒƒ100 different presentations are intended to instigate an international exchange of ideas. The speakers this year include Adam J. Kurtz, a designer, artist, and author, Brian Collins who with his eponymous company has already won many creative awards, and Dorothéa Bozicolona- Volpe, whose expertise lies in strategic digital marketing. Standard tickets cost ‚1,895 US dollars if purchased before ‚16 April žƒ‚‡2018. Reductions are possible for restricted entry or reduced access to selected events.

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Pictoplasma

Berlin / DE
02.05.2018 – 06.05.2018
pictoplasma.com 

While the conference aims at a strategy exchange for creative minds and producers from all over the world on the topic of figurative representations, the festival around the conference is dedicated to the latest trends in character design, art, and animation. The supporting programme includes a range of exhibitions and presentations throughout the entire city. The speakers at this year’s conference include the artist Victor Castillo from Chile and Sophia Jansson, the niece of the Finnish illustrator and inventor of the Moomins, Tove Jansson (‚œ‚1914–2001žƒƒ‚), who is responsible for the rights and licences to the original drawings at Moomin Characters Ltd. Edel Rodriguez who is also amongst the presenters engages in politics through his art and is known for his regular work with The New York Times. Standard tickets for this fiveday event cost žœƒ290 euros.

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Beyond Tellerrand

Capitol Theater, Düsseldorf / DE
07.05.2018 – 09.05.2018
beyondtellerrand.com 

As the name of the event already implies, Beyond Tellerrand aims to open up new perspectives, provide inspiration, and be a platform for the exchange of knowledge. Web design and development are core topics, but other areas at the interface of technology and design will also be taken into consideration. Amongst the speakers this year are Dina Amin from Cairo, who will not only be explaining her work with stop motion, but also describing the challenges in a career as a female designer in Egypt; Jan De Coster who began building robots inspired by a passion for technology and character design; and the programmer and co-founder of Etsy, Jared Tarbell. Tickets for both days of the conference cost 279 euros. In addition, there will be three whole-day and three half-day workshops for which those interested can register separately.

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NYC x Design

New York / US
11.05.2018 – 23.05.2018
nycxdesign.com 

New York City is known throughout the world as a creative hub. Each year, design is put in the spotlight and celebrated over a period of several days. During NYC x Design, a number of events take place across all five boroughs, including exhibitions, lectures, discussions, competitions, installations, tours, and product presentations. Amongst the creative disciplines represented are architecture, fashion, graphic and product design, theatre, handicrafts, and film. By offering this broad spectrum, the organisers hope not only to demonstrate the potential and diversity of the design scene in New York City, but also to draw attention to its economic relevance for the region. To this end, the target group comprises experts and students in the sector as well as the wider public.

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Typo Berlin

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin / DE
17.05.2018 – 19.05.2018
typotalks.com 

“Trigger!” is the call and slogan of Typo 2018 taking place in Berlin. It refers to the impulses that unleash developments in connection with digitisation, incentivise actions or make people think more deeply. The mechanisms, tools, and potentials in digital transformation and the associated role of design are at the heart of the event. Forming a highlight of the activities, the US American designer, Aaron James Draplin, has been confirmed to lead a logo workshop. The Brand Talks, which were launched last year and focused on the topics of branding and brand management, will be held again this year. Companies and agencies, including Persil and Volkswagen, will present their strategies in twelve half-hour talks. Tickets for professionals cost 649 euros.

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What Design Can Do

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam / NL
24.05.2018 – 25.05.2018
whatdesigncando.com 

Since 2011, the What Design Can Do conference has been looking at the contribution design can make towards a positive change. Social justice, combating climate change and other ecological problems have been the focus of attention. This forthcoming edition of the annual event will attach value to the networking of designers, NGOs, and companies and offer these stakeholders a joint platform. This should make it possible to tackle even complex topics with united forces. Visitors can expect talks by the Brazilian environmental activist, Nicole Oliveira, the Al Jazeera journalist, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, and Joel Towers, who, as the dean of the Parsons School of Design, will be speaking on what an education for the “game changers” of the future could look like. Early bird tickets for both days cost 363 euros, students pay 48.40 euros per day.

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