The Drum has appointed former Design Week editor Lynda Relph-Knight to the newly created role of consulting design editor.
Relph-Knight, who will take up her new role on 1 November, will work closely with The Drum to help build relationships and partnerships in the creative and design communities, consult on design and creative trends, input into live events and awards, alongside writing regular columns.
Previously editor of Design Week for more than two decades until 2011, she has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of commercial design.
The Drum’s co-founder and editor Gordon Young said: “It is great to welcome Lynda on board and we look forward to working with her to give the design industry its voice back.
“In recent times that voice has been drowned out by all the shouting about new technology. But in our view the market is on the cusp of rediscovering the power of creativity – and remembering it is disciplines such as design that will ultimately define the new economy.”
Relph-Knight said: “I am delighted to be joining The Drum. It has a refreshingly different approach to the dissemination of ideas and information. I am looking also forward to giving the design community across all disciplines a voice and forum for opinions that it currently lacks, particularly in the cross-over with technology and with other creative sectors.”
As an activist within the creative community, Relph-Knight hosts regular dinners for designers and is involved in setting up seminars and awards schemes for creative audiences and design students.
She is an honorary fellow of London’s Royal College of Art, a Titan (advisor) at the School for Startups, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a visiting fellow of University of the Arts London and a member of D&AD. She is on the advisory panels of the Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group and The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art & Design Saturday Club.