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Talk – Digital

Do you miss being creative?

  • Vanessa Dewey



Fri 7th June 2019



The Old Library


40 minutes

Have you experienced a “what’s next” moment In your design career? Are you feeling conflicted that you are working in the industry you love – design – but not feeling challenged or fulfilled? This is something that Vanessa (Ve) experienced over 3 years ago: it felt more difficult to remain closed than to bloom. She realized she needed – both personally and professionally – to take the risk and make a leap. Though this wasn’t a traditional creative route, it made sense and she’s never looked back.

During her talk Ve will shed light on her journey for context. But this talk isn’t just about her, but of how possible it is for mid-career designers to switch and evolve their career in directions that the industry might not usually classify as creative; directions that are potentially more creative and impactful than could have been imagine.


Vanessa Dewey

Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Adobe

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Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Adobe

Throughout her career, Vanessa has been driven by three things: cultures, connections, and communities. She continually looks both outward and inward to foster inspiration, forge creative communities and encourage risk-taking, curiosity and bold action. As a result her career isn’t a straight line. With her roots in graphic design she has led global re-designs of iconic brands, created her own role in HR which provided educational & inspirational opportunities for 600+ creatives, and now in marketing is curating creative experiences for iconic and cross vertical inhouse design teams from the US to Europe. Oh, and one might say, she has a slight coffee obsession.


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the old libary, custard factory birmingham

The Old Library

Located at The Custard Factory, in the heart of Digbeth, Birmingham’s Creative Quarter, The Old Library is a truly unique space. The original library first opened as one of Birmingham’s five free libraries in 1866, and it is now the only one still standing. The library’s doors closed to the public in 1940 and remained closed until 1990. Many of the Victorian period features have been recently restored, including vaulted ceilings and iconic arch windows – making the interior light and airy, and flooded with natural daylight.

The Old Library is easily reached by public transport, car, or about 10 minutes walk from Birmingham city centre.

  • Nearby Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Access Seating Available
  • Toilets

The Old Library,
Gibb Street,
Birmingham, UK

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