5 Things We Loved from Design Manchester '18

Design Manchester first launched in 2013 with the aim of being the voice of design for Manchester.

This year we've seen another round of top design authorities take to the festival stages including the likes of Kaye Dunnings - Creative Director of Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival - and Anthony Burrill - world acclaimed graphic designer and print-maker.

1. Anthony Burrill

Graphic artist, printmaker, and designer Anthony Burrill is known for his persuasive and positive style of communication.

Things you might know him for?

His artwork for Hans Brinker Budget Hotel:

Anthony Burrill
Anthony Burrill
Anthony Burrill
Anthony Burrill

..as well as his upbeat typography posters which inhabit offices and homes from all over the world.

Anthony Burrill
Anthony Burrill

We caught him at the Design Manchester D(isrupt)M conference where he talked about the power of words and design, for example, the power of Votes for Women stamps on coins; the original guerrilla marketing.

The British Museum
The British Museum

Also, the I AM A MAN protest which proves the power of repetition and simplicity in action.

2. Kaye Dunnings

Kaye Dunnings is the Creative Director of Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival, an area celebrating outsider art and underground culture.

Kaye's work combines visual and performance art, music, light, sound and AV to create fully immersive worlds. Predominantly site-specific, it has appeared at festivals, theatres, cinemas, derelict buildings, art institutions and streets across the UK and Europe.

Through Shangri-La, Dunnings has been able to push the boundaries of archetypal festival experiences with vast outdoor galleries, using sartorial humour and large-scale artworks to address global, social and political issues.


Catching her again at the D(isrupt)M conference, Kaye talked about how she, along with her team, aim to weave stories and narratives into their set and stage designs so that everyone experiences the installations in their own unique way.

3. Transient Space

A recent study concluded that the average time spent viewing an artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is a measly average of 17 seconds.

Based on this stat, Transient Space collated a series of short digital films to engage audiences with fast-paced, time-sensitive streams of work.

The curator adds: "I tried to recreate the feeling of our scrolling habits through volumes of quick, disparate content via the web".

Each exhibitor was commissioned to make a 17-second piece of work based on the notion of disruption to be projected on to large walls.

As we're in a generation accustomed to emojis, hashtags and six-second Vine videos which are resulting in short attention spans, Transient Space says "Don't let 'skip culture' win".

Instead, develop audacious and expressive advertising through bold artist partnerships that dare to blur the boundaries between genres.

4. Liza Enebeis

Creative Director & Founder of Dutch branding studio Studio Dunbar, Eliza led a poignant talk with examples around key themes that signify what the term 'disrupt' means for her.

To be distinct, to distill, to disagree, to discuss and to discipline.

Here are some of the studios best known posters.

5. Alice Rawsthorn

In her new book - Design as an Attitude - the award-winning design critic Alice Rawsthorn describes how a new generation of designers are using digital tools to pursue social, political and environment objects in increasingly ambitious projects.

Talking alongside Malcolm Garrett, the duo explore the role of design in gender politics, climate change and the refugee crisis, as well as its constantly evolving relationship with art, craft and technology.