Upstart Festival: Careers in Design

A free festival exploring Future Thinking in Design

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Join us for a day of talks, workshops, displays and networking to explore current innovations and future thinking in Design. Learn about career pathways, and grow your network and skills!

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Hear from a range of creatives and designers. Talks will explore topics such as Regenerative Design, Design as a force for change and Neurodivergence as a creative superpower.
Speakers include Seetal Solanki (Ma-tt-er) Lex Fefegha (Google) and Sebastian Hofer (Anything World)
Hosted by Stephanie McLaren-Neckles (Designer and Co-founder Let’s be Brief)

Reimagine architectures, landscapes and materials for future climates and worlds with Naomi Credé (Assemble)

Create prints for social change with Illustrator and Designer Rafaaye Ali

Learn digital design skills for Editorial with Illustrator Erin Aniker

Visit our Adobe Creative Resident’s Luca Bosani and Rachel Sale in their Open Studios.

Designer Showcase
Explore new creations in design, and meet professionals from a variety of creative start-ups, initiatives, and projects to inspire you.

And much more!

All events are free.
Some workshops are bookable on the day (open from 10.30)
Places for events will be designated on a first come first served basis.