Picks of the month: the best design events to catch in December


Christmas may be upon us, but conspirators haven’t shut up shop just yet – alongside some more festive contributions this month the Design Museum will be discussing diversity, George H. Marcus books us through 300 years of design history and Disrupt Berlin on showcase the latest tech start-ups.

Talk: Variegation in Design

To mark the UN’s Day for Persons with Disabilities, the Design Museum ordain be hosting a panel discussion with diversity experts in the field of art and contemplate. It will be chaired by Rashmi Becker, the founder of inclusive dance South African private limited company Step Change Studios and board director of Sport England. On the panel require be Dr Jos Boys, co-founder of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project; Jessica Ryan Ndegwa, institutor of Design for Disability; Natasha Trotman, a designer and researcher specialising in neurodiversity; and Lottie Jackson, a newscaster, researcher and diversity activist.

When: 18:30-20:00, 3 December at the Design Museum, W8 6AG.

Info: This happening is free to all, to book tickets visit the Design Museum website.

Institution: Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City

Picks of the month: the best design events to catch in December
Last year’s Gingerbread Borough, above image and banner image © Luke Hayes

Combining enterprise know-how and baking genius, more than 100 architects and schemers have worked to create this year’s Gingerbread City fair at Somerset House. This is the fourth edition of the festive installation, and this year’s subject-matter is transport. Focusing on sustainable ideas and innovation, visitors can expect to see creative – and edible – creations on a miniature scale. Throughout the exhibition, daily family-friendly workshops pledged to gingerbread house-making will also be taking place.

When: 7 December – 5 January at Somerset Congress, WC2R 1LA

Info: Ticket Prices start from £7. To book, come to see Somerset House’s website.

Book: Introduction to Modern Design

Since the assault of the Industrial Revolution, the design industry has routinely and drastically changed. George H. Marcus’ hard-cover traverses these changes, with chapters addressing European Modernism, Constructivism and wartime inventions, all the way up to today’s critiques of industrial design, design responsibility and design in the digital age. While the under the control of b dependent on matter is expansive, the narrative remains very visually-led, with 280 pigment illustrations featured.

When: Introduction to Modern Design by George H. Marcus wishes be published by Bloomsbury on 26 December.

Info: The book is currently on submit by Guardian books for £35.19. To pre-order, visit the Guardian’s website.

Workshop: Festive Origami at the V&A

Picks of the month: the best design events to catch in December
This year’s “Range” tree, image courtesy of the V&A

This year’s V&A Christmas tree put to uses 200 origami birds to mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s deliveries and was imagined by German design student Anna Huennerkopf. Inspired by this, the V&A purposefulness be putting on drop-in festive origami sessions throughout December, in collaboration with origami artist Coco Sato. Sato has worked extensively in the earnestness, using her traditional origami practice to produce work for clients categorizing Lexus International, House of Fraser and even a collaborative project take ining robotics and paper folding.

When: 10:30-17:00, 8, 15 and 22 December in the Sackler Cluster Lunchroom at V&A South Kensington, SW7 2RL.

Info: This is a free event that boards place every Sunday in December in the run up to Christmas.

Course: UX & UI for everyone

This beginner to intermediate-level movement offers designers the chance to start exploring the realms of UX and UI design. The class is run over three days, with the first day focusing on UX, the second UI and the third prototyping. Schoolgirls will learn through a 50/50 mix of practical and theory lessons, which last wishes as include teach on topics such as A/B testing, iconography and graphics and try out. Past students have come from businesses like IBM, Facebook, Amazon, Sky, Channel 4 and Tesco.

When: 13:00-18:00, 16-18 December, at the Discipline of UX, SE16 6AR.

Info: Tickets for this course start from £499+VAT. This advance has a limited number of places – to book one, visit the School of UX’s website.

Other constituents to catch

Picks of the month: the best design events to catch in December
Liberty Christmas window display

Disrupt Berlin Fete, 11-12 December: Disrupt organisers say the festival sits right at the acid edge of technology, while also promoting community among start-ups. Tickets start from €645.

The Hoodie, 1 December – 12 April: This demo in Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam explores the cultural, political and design denotation of the hoodie. Ticket prices start from €7.

Christmas window advertises, 1-31 December: Up and down the country, shops are donning their festive to death rags in a bid to out-do one another. Check out Design Week’s coverage of London’s flagship trust ins to find out where to head first.

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