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Festival 2022

“Freedom” : 9th–11th June 2022

After a three-year hiatus from in-person events, BDF was back with a bang to celebrate ‘Freedom’ in all its forms in 2022.

Back and better than ever

BDF celebrated a triumphant return in 2022 and it was like we’d never been away.

The design community came out in droves once again to celebrate the industry in all its forms. New venues, a new district but the same friendly, welcoming BDF vibe.

In 2022 we introduced the 4th strand to our programming, Illustration, slotting in alongside Graphic, Digital and Product with an additional 15 free talks across the three days.

2022 in numbers

10,000 tickets

Matching pre-Covid attendances.

80+ speakers

Local, national and international superstars.

4 Design Districts

Celebrating Graphic Design, Digital, Product and Illustration.

Catch up on the talks on Vito

We’ve uploaded a handful of wonderful talks to our Vito hub, available for a limited time only. Register for free and catch up on anything you missed.

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“The Birmingham Design Festival had a line up and an ethos far far more interesting and vibrant than anything three times (at least) the price & three times (at least) less welcoming.

Never stop doing what you do you’re beautiful.”

Graham Wood, Co-Founder of Tomato


Venessa Scott


Mark Denton

Artist, Author & Designer

Jay Blades MBE

Furniture Restorer

Richard Turley

Corporate Shill (and design legend)

Ashleigh Jadee

Film Director


Artist & Musician

Morag Myerscough


Arisa Sudangnoi

Developer Relations Lead at Playdate

Aporva Baxi

Founder of DixonBaxi

Simon Dixon

Founder of DixonBaxi

Kate Dawkins

Founder of Kate Dawkins Studio

Ailbhe Keane

Founder & Creative Director of Izzy's Wheels

Ben Newman


Cassie Evans

Lead Bestower of Animation Superpowers at GreenSock

Liam Hopkins

Founder of Lazarian

Angie Bual

Creative Director at Trigger

Laura Kalbag

Co-founder of Small Technology Foundation

Ahmed Salama

UX Director at Ubisoft Stockholm

Richard O'Gorman


Beth Cosmos

Founder of Billy Rainwear

Alexa Münch

Senior Designer at Special Projects

Deirdre Figueiredo, MBE

Director of Craftspace

Graham Wood

Co-founder of Tomato

Elliot Jay Stocks

Google Fonts

Amy Victoria Marsh

Illustrator and Ceramist

Rob Lowe




Nicola Matthews

Marketing Manager at Tony’s Chocolonely

Gabriella Marcella

Designer and founder of RISOTTO

Sisterhood Studio

Rebecca Thomson & Rachita Saraogi

Lara Hanlon

Founder, Director at Portion Collaborative

Holly Wales


Carl Robertshaw

Transdisciplinary designer and artist

Helen Kaur

Lead UI Artist at Rocksteady Games

Hayley Brant

UI Director Lucid Games

Sam Frith

Creative Director at Solus

Jon Cockley

Co-founder of Handsome Frank

Michelle Turton

Illustrator, painter, and surface designer

Sarah Boris

Artist & Designer

Camila Lima

Look of the Games Head of Design at CSM Live


Founder of STUDIO BLUP

Jocie Juritz

Animation Director

Matthew Jones

Executive Creative Director at Accept & Proceed

Zoë Barker


J.P. Vine

Director & Animator

Neef Rehman

Creative Technologist and Full-stack engineer at ustwo

Paul Reardon

Co-founder of Peter and Paul

Rachel Joy

Lettering Artist

Lucky Pablo

Jane Anderson & Ally Standing

Gurtake Singh

Design Director and Principal at Gensler

Thomas Sharp

Poet & Creative Director

Crispin Finn

Anna Fidalgo & Roger Kelly


Artist & Illustrator

Dan Woodger

Illustrator & Animation Director

Glen Yeoh

Motion Director at Moving Brands

Liz Hamburger

Design Partner at RIVAL

Cat Drew

Chief Design Officer at the Design Council

Jeryce Dianingana

Senior Environment Artist at Rocksteady

Lord Whitney

Amy Lord & Bek Whitney

June Mineyama-Smithson

Artist / Graphic Designer – MAMIMU

Melanie Tomlinson


Annabel Welbury

Director of F37® Foundry & F37® Studio

Karl Doran

Founder & Creative Director at Flow

Ella Flavell

Printmaker & Researcher


Jonas Zieher & Tony Brook

Rob Turpin

Designer & Illustrator

Kristian Jones

Multidisciplinary Artist & Lecturer

Sarah Selby

Visual Artist

Zena Kay


Harriet Cooper

Projects Director at Pentatonic

Santini Basra

Director Andthen

Shaun Loynds

Artist & Advertising Creative Director

Yee Poon

Designer & Illustrator at Supple Studio

Jamie Ellul

Founder of Supple Studio


Jonas Banker & Ida Wessel

Jimmy Turrell

Artist & Video Director

Ashwin Chacko


Amy Francis-Smith

Architect & Inclusive Access Consultant

Alice Ishiguro Tosey

Independent Designer / Creative

Holly Catford

Founder of Pit Magazine

Birmingham Collage Collective

Noah Kulman & Beth Izatt

Pencil Pot Club

Richard Small

Art Director at Sony Design

Jim Sutherland

Founder Studio Sutherl&

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