The London Design Festival is back next month, running 15 -30 September and if you're that way inclined, take out your Philip Starcke pen and put it in your Moleskine diary now. Established in 2003 to celebrate and promote London and the UK’s design creativity, the festival has grown as the capital's reputation for across all disciplines (architecture, product, graphic, fashion design) has grown.
This year's festival aims to encourage collaborations between the biggest and smallest outfits in the industry and will be expanding on the international aspect of the event, inviting as many interested organisations from abroad as will fit in the packed programme: "Over 15 countries are already expected in September, including Thailand, Austria, Norway, India, Dubai and Singapore."
The festival is going to be spread over 150 venues across London so there's bound to be something nearby to pop in and see but the central point of the whole event will be the Truman Brewery near Shoreditch, London's self-selected centre of design cool. Activities and exhibitions are planned for Somerset House too so central London gets a taste of the festival. The guide / programme is organised by venue (pick a venue, see what's happening there), a festival map is also promised. Venues range from shops to galleries to museums, art & design colleges and temporary locations - lots to see and do, so check it out now and get planning.
The London Design Festival, 15 - 30 September, various locations. For more information and for the full programme, go to the website here.