24 November 2011
by Pete Collard
Last night saw the Design Museum play host to Designer Night, a fast paced advice clinic and networking event for student designers, held as part of the Designers in Residence programme. An eclectic panel of guests from across the design industry presented quick-fire tips and ideas before holding court in a series of informal round table discussions. After 20 minutes the groups changed tables, ensuring fresh impetus to the debate and conversation, as the experts outlined the secrets of their own success.
Participants included Tony Brook (Spin), Vanessa Brady (President of the Society of British Interior Designers), Jonathan Barnbrook (graphic designer), Basia Szkutnicka (senior lecturer at the London College of Fashion and founder of La Belle Et La Belle), Johnny Tucker (editor of Blueprint magazine), Alexandre Bettler (graphic designer), Samuel Wilkinson (product and furniture designer), Anjeli and Adam Placzek (curators at The Concept Lounge) and Bethan Laura Wood (furniture and product designer and Design Museum Designer in Residence 2010). Also on hand to offer support were current Designers in Residence Simon Hasan and Jade Folawiyo and the curator of next year's progamme at the museum, Ria Hawthorn.
With advice ranging from the need for professional portfolio presentation to the importance of good personal hygiene, there was plenty for the audience to consider. Conversations continued on into the night outside the museum doors long after the event had finished and it will be interesting to see what new connections were made and how the young designers will prosper in the future.
The current Designers in Residence exhibition runs at the museum until 22 January 2012.The call for entries for next year's programme will launch in the New Year.