Kickstarter at the London Design Festival
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Though its architecture dates back to the eleventh century, London is at the forefront of contemporary design — a distinction it showcases every year during the week-long London Design Festival. The citywide celebration will take place this 17–25 September and features the works of a diverse array of forward-thinking designers, many of whom have brought their creative visions to life with Kickstarter. Whether you dream of weaving with an automatic knitting machine or are genetically predisposed to want your own portable DNA lab, there are wonders to explore around every corner. Here are some of the exhibits and events that feature innovative, inspiring projects from Kickstarter’s thriving Design community:
Guardian Talks + Kickstarter: Making a Design Project
15 September, 7:30pm
The Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Learn more about creating your own Design project and get inspired! The creators of MOON, an accurate and exquisite lunar globe, and Poligon, a collection of foldable metal animal sculptures, will share some tips on how to launch a successful Design project on Kickstarter. They will be joined by Kickstarter’s London-based Design and Technology Outreach consultant, Heather Corcoran.
Map Pop-Up Shop featuring Kano, BeeLine, BleepBleeps, and Hackaball
19–24 September (Mon — Fri 10am – 6pm, Tues 10am – 9pm, Sat 10am –4pm)
43 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PB
Map Project Office, an acclaimed product design studio based in East London, has worked in deep collaboration with the creators of some of our favorite Design and Technology projects — Kano, Hackaball, Suzy Snooze, BeeLine, and more. At the Map Pop-Up shop, you can take a peek at the process behind these projects, via the sketches, models, and prototypes that led to the final designs.
London Design Festival Keynote: Jon Marshall and Justin McGuirk in Conversation
Interested in learning more about Map Project Office and their design process? This keynote conversation between Jon Marshall, Map’s co-founder, and Justin McGuirk, the Design Museum’s Chief Curator, will delve into the challenges of merging physical products with digital content and designing a Kickstarter-funded product.
Fix Our City, featuring Kniterate
19–23 September (Tues/Thurs/Fri 10am–6pm, Mon 12–8pm, Weds 1–9pm)
Machines Room, 45 Vyner Street, London E2 9DQ
Fix Our City is an exhibition exploring new approaches to the roles of citizens and makerspaces in the transformation of urban life. It will feature Kniterate, a 3D printer for clothes slated to launch on Kickstarter at the end of September. Visitors can get a first look at the Kniterate prototype and even test it out themselves at a special closing event.
Designjunction, featuring Olivia Aspenall Studio and 3Doodler
22–25 September (Thurs 11am – 8pm, Fri 11am –7pm, Sat 11am –6pm, Sun 11am –5pm)
1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA
Olivia Aspenall, an independent surface designer and recent Central St. Martin’s graduate, used Kickstarter to help launch her first solo show at Designjunction. Her terrazzo-inspired surfaces are worked into tables, shopfittings, and other design objects. She’ll be showing work alongside several dozen exhibitors, including 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D-printing pen, which was funded on Kickstarter in 2013.
Maker Mile Tours featuring Technology Will Save Us and Sam Labs
19–23 September (Mon — Fri 11am –12pm; Mon the 19th, 6pm –9pm late trail)
Meet at Machines Room, 45 Vyner Street, London E2 9DQ
London’s Maker Mile is a hub of creative studios, mini factories and makerspaces. This one-hour tour will visit Kickstarter creators Technology Will Save Us and Sam Labs, both known for their inventive takes on educational electronics kits.
V&A Digital Design Weekend, featuring Bento Lab
24–25 September, 10:30am–5pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SWL 2RL
The V&A’s Digital Design Weekend brings together over one hundred artists, designers, engineers, and technologists to celebrate innovative digital art and design. Among the participants is Bento Lab, a Kickstarter-funded portable DNA lab that opens up hands-on learning about genetics to anyone.
Inspired to checkout more creative design work? Discover the latest projects from London-based designers on Kickstarter.
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- Ideas Into Plans: Our London Workshop for Women and Nonbinary Creators of Color