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The West of England Design Forum was formed in 2006 by a bunch of passionate designers and people working in the industry who wanted to create a place for designers, and those interested in design, to come together, be inspired and promote design.

Eight years on this is still our aim. Together we will grow a dynamic, connected and thriving local design community. To be involved, get in touch!

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WEDF Talk // Ideas Win Awards

19 November 2014
Arnolfini, Bristol

WEDF PARTNERS WITH ARTCRANK FOR FIRST EVER SHOW IN BRISTOL

WEDF PARTNERS WITH ARTCRANK FOR FIRST EVER SHOW IN BRISTOL

ARTCRANK BRS celebrates bikes and design with poster art by regional artists and …

ARTCRANK BRS celebrates bikes and design with poster art by regional artists and designers

Bristol, 15 September 2014 - WEDF is pleased to announce its partnership with ARTCRANK to bring the international show to Bristol for the first time ever. Hosted in Clifton Village, ARTCRANK BRISTOL will feature bike-inspired poster art by artists and designers from Bristol and the South West.

The show – which will be held of 19th September – will see ARTCRANK descend on the United Kingdom for its fifth annual series of bicycle poster parties. As well as the WEDF, ARTCRANK has also partnered with Brooks England, PEdAL ED, GF Smith, Paniagua, Pixillion and World Bicycle Relief to bring the show to Bristol.

ARTCRANK BRS will feature hand-made, bike-inspired posters – limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for £30 each. The ARTCRANK poster party is to be the closing event of "THAT Clifton Pop Up", a summer arts installation by avant-garde property company THAT Group, working in partnership with local style gurus STEAMBOX. Admission is free.

More info on the night can be found here.

OpenCo Bristol & Bath to showcase region's world-class innovation hub

Fourteen high-tech, creative and digital companies to share their secrets! Do you fancy hearing …

Fourteen high-tech, creative and digital companies to share their secrets! Do you fancy hearing from the man who built one of the UK's leading enterprise app developers in the space of five years? Are you curious to find out more about making machines and devices truly 'intelligent'? Or does the prospect of learning how to build a billion-dollar tech business without managers pique your interest? If you have an enquiring mind and an interest in high-tech, creative or digital innovation, then OpenCo Bristol & Bath is for you.

Taking place on October 2, the San Francisco-inspired innovation festival will showcase 14 of the most innovative businesses from Bristol and Bath – and it is free to attend. Pick your own bespoke schedule of companies to visit before they get booked up.

Thursday, 2nd October, 10am - 5pm
Bristol & Bath Science Park
Dirac Crescent
Emersons Green
Bristol
BS16 7FR

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Thanks to @ARTCRANK @remcomerbis @pixillion for a cracking night. So much design talent in one room!

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The Power of Design

To design (verb) is to create or to devise. It is a process and a way of thinking. A design (noun) has form and function; it is the result of the process of designing. As a people-centred, problem-solving process, design is a strategic tool, and a way to address challenges facing both public and private organisations. 

Textile Designer Job in Devon

The Gro Company (http://gro.co.uk and www.gro-store.co.uk) is looking for an experienced textile …

The Gro Company (http://gro.co.uk and www.gro-store.co.uk) is looking for an experienced textile designer. Someone with creative product ideas who can really add value to our process and be responsible for the design element of our business. The Gro Company is a global nursery brand, known and loved for our innovative and award winning sleep solutions for babies and young children. We create innovative, stylish and extremely high quality products that are fantastic value too. Our original product, the multi-award winning Grobag, is the No1 baby sleep bag brand in The UK and Australia changing the way babies are put to bed. Now equally famous is the rest of our innovative range such as the Gro-clock - one now sells every three minutes around the world!

As well as responsibility for creating appealing, attractive, relevant fashion designs for our Grobags, swaddles and bedding ranges, the successful candidate would be customer-facing and be expected to be on the lookout for new products and ideas for the Gro Company's portfolio of products. They would need to sell their work to the business and external customers such as retail buyers, and have sound design management skills to manage the design process, including trend work and working with our China office to ensure quality, cost and deadline targets are met.

We are looking for someone to start this year.  All responses to: Catherine Morris, Brand Director, THE GRO COMPANY, EXETER, DEVON / catherine.morris@gro.co.uk / 0844 557 2987.

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The Creative England Digital Accelerator - Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for Creative England's Digital Accelerator is fast approaching, with applications …

The deadline for Creative England's Digital Accelerator is fast approaching, with applications closing on Monday 15th September.

The 14-week intensive programme of investment and businesses support aims to help turn your idea into a product or business.The programme is open to any creative digital SME under 2 years old.

Benefits include:
£12.5k of investment for each company
Workshops, masterclasses & mentoring from industry specialists
One-to-one business advice
Desk space at the Digital Accelerator office
Opportunity to pitch to investors for next stage investment

Creative England do not take any equity share in the companies selected.There is a match funding element but you need only prove that you have more than £2k in your bank account. 

For more information and to apply, visit their website.

If you have any questions please contact Kate Adam or call 0117 952 9983.