BDF Conference 2023
On Friday 9th June join us for the first ever BDF Conference, a day of talks from 8 of the finest designers in the world, held at the impressive Birmingham Rep Theatre in what will be our biggest event ever!
Where does Imagination take us? We’ve invited a host of exceptional speakers to share a journey through their creative mind and process. From pictures books to master builders, Dreams to artificial intelligence we’ll be covering multiple disciplines and backgrounds across 8 hours of unmissable talks you won’t have heard before.
BDF Conference takes the format of our festival evening events and mashes them together for a one day extravaganza celebrating design in all its forms.
Tickets are on sale now! We can’t wait for you to join us and stayed tuned for more announcements over the next few weeks.
Visual Artist & Author
Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author working in painting, bookmaking, illustration, collage, performance, and sculpture. Curiosity and humour are underlying themes throughout Oliver’s practice as an artist and storyteller. While investigating the ways the human mind understands its world, his work also functions as comic relief in the face of futility. His twentieth book as author and illustrator, Begin Again, will be released in October 2023.
Global Brand Director at the LEGO Group
Sonal is an Effie award-winning strategist from India and has spent a majority of her career with global creative agency – DDB. Two years ago she packed her many bags and moved from Mumbai to Billund with her family, to become part of a global mission to inspire the world to play. As Mktg Director, Global Brand Development at The LEGO Group she has a front row seat to the wildly creative world of kids and spends a disproportionate amount of her time thinking about the future of play, culture and role of brands in shaping a world that helps kids thrive.
Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS
Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, an independent experience design company in New York City and San Francisco. They were named by Forbes as one of the companies reshaping the future of brand building. Over his career, Brian and his team have won every major creative award.
Designer & Artist
Gemma O’Brien is an internationally renowned designer and artist known for her bold graphics, illustrative lettering and murals. Her work has been commissioned by Apple, Nike, Google, and is held in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Outside her commercial design work, she explores language, nature and the human experience through her art practice.
Co-founder & Principal Designer at COMUZI
Lex is a co-founder & principal designer at COMUZI, a London based design invention studio.
He has a demonstrated history of inventing, designing and prototyping emerging tech products, services and experiences for tech companies, fashion brands, cultural institutions, governments & charities.
Marta Cerdà Alimbau
Designer & Illustrator
Marta Cerdà Alimbau brings functional beauty and emotion to Design, translating each project into an effective design that is unique. Her main body of work is focused on the boundaries between typography and illustration. While Marta’s style is strongly eclectic, she believes that the separation of these two disciplines into specialized activities is a limitation. Since 2008, she has worked on global projects which call for Art Direction, Design, Illustration and Custom Typography for Arts, Culture and Advertising Clients abroad. Her work has been recognized by professional organizations including the Type Director’s Club and the Art Director’s Club, where she was named as an ADC Young Gun.
Director of Live Service at Media Molecule
Abbie leads live service game development at Media Molecule on Dreams. Previously at Respawn Entertainment, she draws on her background in community, brand & production to grow & support live operations, apply analytics and community learnings to set strategy and priorities for online services as well as directing online events for the Dreams platform. She has also been the Sr. Editorial Producer on X-Play at G4TV, and written for a number of outlets in games print media.
Puppetry Director & Designer
Toby is a director and designer puppetry, a passion that has developed since making his first puppets at the age of six
Through his work spanning plays, musicals, opera and dance, Toby strives to blur the boundaries between movement and design. He daringly fuses traditional and innovative techniques, creating compelling characters that lead audiences through fantastical, improbable and even impossible stories. Works include: Spirited Away (Imperial Theatre, Tokyo), Animal Farm (UK tour), 101 Dalmatians (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Pinocchio (National Theatre), and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (in Tokyo, Moscow and The Netherlands).