6th – 8th June 2019

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An Adventure into Advertising & Bighearted Branding!

  • Jack Renwick
  • Trevor Beattie
  • Jim Sutherland
  • Marina Willer


The Birmingham Repertory Theatre


Fri 8th June @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


£15 – £25

Doors open 6.30pm

The second of three very special ensemble evening events in the Graphic District. This, our second night, features another mind-boggling line-up of amazing thinkers, designers and creative maestros who all know more than a thing or two about brilliant branding and ground-breaking advertising. No, we didn’t quite believe it when they all said they’d come either!

First out of the blocks is Jack Renwick – founder of Jack Renwick Studio. A straight-talking Glaswegian, she set-up her eponymous studio in 2012 (having previously been Creative Director at The Partners) quickly establishing it as serious contender in the world of branding and design. As if that wasn’t enough she also can surely lay claim to owning the rights to red and white stripes.

Next up is another straight-shooter – Trevor Beattie – a man who needs little introduction! (but we’re here so lets) Trevor devised the legendary ‘Hello Boys’ campaign for Wonderbra in the 90s as well as the FCUK brand, spent a decade as creative director and chairman of TBWA/London, producing award-winning work for clients as diverse as PlayStation and Playtex before launching BMB in 2005 alongside creative partner Bil Bungay. Trev is a proud Brummie, championing creativity outside of London and we’re delighted to have him back as part of BDF.

After the break, we’re knee deep in Jim Sutherland territory. In 2001 Jim co-founded Hat-trick Design, consistently one of the most awarded design agencies in the UK. He left in 2014 to set up Studio Sutherl&. You like stats? Here’s a few more… He’s designed over 50 stamps to date for Royal Mail, won over 150 professional awards, including 82 projects in D&AD, with 12 nominations and 4 yellow pencils: and 38 nominations in the Design Week Awards – twice Best in Show. He has judged D&AD 8 times (as Foreman of the Branding Jury in 2016) and in 2017, as if to prove a point, Studio Sutherl& won D&AD’s most awarded design agency, phew! Oh, and he’s also No.1 in the UK Studio Rankings. No big deal…

Topping off the evening is Marina Willer, a graphic designer and film-maker who (before joining Pentagram as Partner) was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London where she was responsible for major identity schemes including Tate, Southbank Centre, and more recently the new Oxfam brand identity. Marina was also part of the team that created the new brand for Macmillan Cancer support. Nominated for the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) the most prestigious graphic design association in the world, she has recently ventured into feature-length film-making with Red Trees, a 90-minute-long documentary on the life of her Jewish father Alfred, who escaped Nazi rule during World War Two (available on Netflix!).

All of this ably corralled by none other than Patrick Burgoyne, Editor of Creative Review. What a line-up!


Jack Renwick

Creative Director

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Creative Director

Jack Renwick is a multi-award winning designer with a strong passion for ideas. She works closely with clients, getting to the heart of their problem and showing how creative thinking can be the way forward.

Jack runs a creative branding agency, wittily titled Jack Renwick Studio, based in Whitechapel, London with 9 designers who are more talented than her. She has worked on a huge variety of projects over the past 19 years for clients including Amnesty International, British Heart Foundation, eBay, BBC, Nokia, Royal Mail and Stella McCartney and received recognition from most of the world’s most prestigious awards.

Jack originates from Glasgow and is frequently sought out as an awards jury member for her ‘refreshingly frank’ views. She is a Fellow, a board member, an examiner, an advisor, a judge, a writer and a speaker. Jack has earned the title after her name of FISTD but she choses not to use it.

Trevor Beattie

Advertising Legend

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Advertising Legend

Trevor Beattie is a British advertising executive. He is a founding partner, chairman and creative director of Beattie McGuinness Bungay (BMB), and was formerly the chairman and creative director of TBWA London.

Considered one of the leading figures in advertising in Britain, he has been responsible for a number of high-profile and sometimes controversial advertising campaigns, most notably the “fcuk” campaign for French Connection and the 1994 Wonderbra.

In November 2011, Trevor launched The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation in honour of his parents. It supports victims of social injustice by providing grants to both organisations and individuals under the themes of ‘Dignity’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Sanctuary’.

Trevor has recently moved in to film production alongside his work in advertising, producing the Bafta winning movie Moon, directed by Duncan Jones in 2008. He is also devising the marketing campaign for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Programme.

He has also been involved in the making of Mr Right, Attacking the Devil, Dating Eliza, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and is about to launch Nureyev – an orgy of one, a documentary about the legendary dancer.

Jim Sutherland

Founder Studio Sutherl&

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Founder Studio Sutherl&

In 2001 Jim co-founded Hat-trick Design, consistently one of the top three most awarded design agencies in the UK (and number one in 2011). He left in 2014 to set up Studio Sutherl&. He has rebranded the Natural History Museum, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis, The Arts Society, Williams F1, Prostate Cancer UK, National Museums Scotland, Welsh National Opera, and Start-Rite shoes. He has designed over 50 stamps to date for Royal Mail including the Agatha Christie set in 2016. Awards include 82 projects in D&AD (the foremost design and advertising competition in the world), with eight nominations and four yellow pencils: and 37 nominations in the Design Week Awards – twice Best in Show. He has judged D&AD eight times (as Foreman of the Branding Jury in 2016), as well as the Design Week, Loeries (SA), Kinsale, Roses, ADNC and Fresh Award schemes.

He is a visiting Professor in Design at Norwich University of the Arts, and has given lectures at many UK universities. He was on the D&AD Executive board from 2009 to 2012 and a governor at Norwich School of Art between 2010 and 2014. He is on the board of The Typographic Circle.

He has published several books, including a children’s book Hide&Eek!, which won a yellow pencil at D&AD in 2014 and Eeormoo? published this year. Studio Sutherl& was the most awarded design studio at D&AD in 2017, and recently came number one in the Computer Arts UK studio rankings.

Marina Willer

Partner at Pentagram

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Partner at Pentagram

Pentagram partner Marina Willer is a graphic designer and film-maker who has led the design of iconic brand identities, including the Tate, Serpentine, Southbank Centre, Amnesty, Oxfam and Macmillan, among many others.

Marina studied Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art, where she has subsequently served as an examiner. Prior to joining Pentagram, Marina was head creative director for Wolff Olins.

Her award-winning films have been shown at the Foundation Cartier, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Royal Academy and prestigious film festivals, including Clermont Ferrand and Rotterdam Film Festival. Her critically acclaimed film ‘Red Trees’ explores today’s refugee crisis through the lens of her own family’s story.

Marina is a member of AGI and has been foreman judge at D&AD on several occasions. She was recently named one of Design Week’s 10 people who made an impact on design in 2017.


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The Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Centenary Square, Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2EP United Kingdom

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Built in 1971, and refurbished in 2011–2013, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) is one of the UK’s leading theatres producing exciting work for audiences across the region. Part of its vision is to be a creative hub and magnet for artistic talent, in their own words:

“We are storytellers. Makers and writers, performers and planners, nurturers, hopers and dreamers, sharing stories about this city and its people.”

The REP is situated in the centre of Birmingham in Centenary Square next to the International Convention Centre.

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