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Gather: It’s Great Up North

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The stereotype goes ‘it’s grim up north’ – we know that is anything but true. The regions are thriving hotbeds of creativity, and it’s no secret Manchester often leads the way… so we’re delighted to be bringing four GREAT Manc-based speakers down to Brum for a night of inspiring talks.

On the subject of lazy stereotypes, we’re also continuing to dispel the ‘print is dead’ myth by launching the second issue of our Birmingham Design magazine on the night! Packed full of Brum talent, 120 pages of it, with two stunning linoprint cover variants. Get a copy at a special price when you buy your Gather ticket, or grab a copy on the night from the BD shop.

Our awesome foursome (well, five-some) of speakers are a mix of freelance, agency and in-house, working across design, illustration, collage and sound-design… whet your appetites and grab a ticket!

DR:ME, aka Ryan and Eddy, is a daring and disruptive design studio pushing creative boundaries with their fearless approach to visual communication – they are masters of collage (& lovely boys) – and they’re bringing some copies of their amaSzing book with them!

Sana Iqbal is the Founder of Studio Sana, a strategic design studio creating beautiful brands and campaigns that change hearts and minds. She’s creatively led on winning election campaigns in the USA and UK – her clients include the UK Labour Party.

Caroline Dowsett is an artist, painter and maker who creates beautiful work from shapes, colour and line. Her work is playful, vibrant and full of joy. Working across formats including murals, textiles, stationary, branding and packaging, her work is instantly recognisable.

Last but not least, Tom Heaton is director of brand & communications at PHMG – the world’s leading audio branding agency – which he joined in 2021 tasked with transforming the brand. He has extensive agency experience, having worked with clients including The FA, Channel 4, the NHS and Wolves.

Food will be supplied by the brilliant Brum Mi, serving up East Asian Street Food.


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Incredible Vietnamese street food from Brúm Mì

Chow down in the courtyard with some indulgent street food provided by DDC & Brúm Mì.

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Birmingham Design Magazine Issue 2

Pre-order your copy alongside your ticket to save 50% off the RRP and collect on the night.

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