The Great Hall, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Friday 23rd February: 10:00 – 12:30

The rules of design are constantly evolving, as we learn more about the impact of those products and services that are being sent out into the world.


And while there is now an increasing focus on sustainabilty and net-zero, perhaps it goes beyond a consideration of the impact on the planet, and requires us to better understand how products and systems make life difficult, unhealthy, and unjust for many people, and to design ways to actively transition into fairer and healthier ways of living.


So we're delighted to be collaborating with the Responsible Innovation Hub at Northumbria University , who bring together a multidisciplinary community of academics, scholars and partners to build the conditions where everyone can play a part in designing and committing to journeys towards a world of common wellbeing and equity.

This event is part of Responsible Design Week which brings together experts in textiles, architecture,sustainabilty, IoT and of course all flavours of innovation and design to showcase their work, research and passions. So we'll be hearing from all of them, as well as having the chance to discuss our response to some of these issues.

Presentations will include -

     Knit Thinking: zero waste 3D manufacture

      Elizabeth Gaston, Textiles & Fashion Research Group

     Design Concepts for More-than-Human Cities

      Bill Gaver, Interaction Research Studio 

     Dealing with DESIGNosaurs

      Mark Bailey, Responsible Design Innovation Research Group

     Crocs R Us

     Emma Jane Goldsmith, Fashion Research Group

     Building Ecologies of Care

     Angelika Strohmayer & Stacey Pitsillides, Design Feminisms

     (S)printing towards Sustainability: Responsible Design using Reflection Cards

      Sebastian Prost, CoCreate

     ECO-LAB-oration: where science & fashion meet

     Alana James, IMPACT+ Network

There'll also be opportunities to discuss some of these issues, and as always lots of networking with other amazing people


Rise and Design lasts for approximately three hours, and includes networking before and after speakers. There is a chance to pitch at the end of the speakers' presentations. We encourage all delegates to stay after presentations for networking - it is one of the most valuable parts of Rise and Design.



Design Network North was established in 2007 with the aim of...

‘increasing the contribution that design makes to the economy’

We firmly believe that great design can improve any product, service or business. If you’re a business who needs some design input to develop a new product or to improve something you do already, we can introduce you to someone who can help.