Michael Wolff to be keynote speaker at Liverpool Design Symposium

After its first highly successful event held in Liverpool city centre last year, a number of the city's agencies have come together again to host the Liverpool Design Symposium in November

Again supported by The Drum, The Liverpool Design Symposium will be taking place at John Moores University's newly opened Art and Design Aacademy and the organisers have already announced that the keynote speaker for this year's event will be Michael Wolff of Wolff Ollins. The Liverpool Design Symposium, originally conceived by Liverpool agencies Uniform, Smiling Wolf and Black & Ginger, is organised in collaboration with national industry organisations D&AD and DBA alongside creative industry bodies Merseyside ACME and Design Initiative, together with the Roses Design Awards and The Drum. D&AD will be running a series of Education-related sessions, where aspiring creatives and students of design and advertising will have the opportunity to hear top tips on how to break into the industry, whilst the DBA will be holding a presentation on Design Effectiveness aimed at students. The DBA will also be running a session on Effective Design in the Public Sector led by Peter Mills, Consulting Director at The Team, highlighting the Symposium’s appeal to design buyers and marketing professionals from the public sector. The Roses Design Awards will once again feature in the programme, with a nominations and winners exhibition on display following the awards night in Nottingham on 23 October. The Symposium’s organisers hope the chosen ‘Branding the City’ theme will appeal to a broad audience – from creative professionals and students to design buyers and the public sector – from Liverpool, across the Northwest and further afield. The full programme is yet to be finalised but registrations can be made by visiting www.liverpooldesignsymposium.com. The Liverpool Design Symposium takes place as part of the wider Liverpool Design Festival – a new annual design event, taking place from 30 October to 8 November. The Festival programme includes exhibitions, workshops, debates and symposia with opportunities for designers to showcase new work – www.liverpooldesignfestival.com.

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