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Manchester Design Symposium to return next month

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By The Drum Team | Editorial

February 14, 2012 | 2 min read

The Manchester Design Symposium returns to the city next month with this year's event exploring the complex relationship between design and the economy.

Taking place on 21 March, the Symposium will see leading thinkers and practitioners question whether the UK's place at the top table of world design is coming under threat from emerging economies.

They will also look at whether design and innovation has the potential to power the UK out of a recession.

The event will be chaired by professor David Crow, pro-vice-chancellor for internal communications and dean of the faculty of art and design at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The full line up of speakers is due to be confirmed over the next week.

The Symposium, led by the Design Initiative, is open to design professionals, students and business people.

Last year's event featured talks from acclaimed illustrator Si Scott, graphic designer and typographer Jonathan Barnbrook and Studio Dumbar partner and president of the Dutch Designers' Association, Tom Dorresteijn.

Tara Badami, director of Design Initiative and chair of Manchester Design Symposium Steering Group, said: "After the phenomenal success of last year’s Symposium, we are excited to announce the Symposium’s return to Manchester this year.

"It promises to be a fascinating and stimulating event with a superb line-up of speakers sharing their wisdom and highly regarded, influential work.”

Tickets will go on sale on 17 February on the Manchester Design Symposium website. The event will take place in the Great Hall at Manchester Town Hall from 12-6pm.

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