Category design and creativity

Open Work Spaces in London

I came across two things of interest today relating o the creative industries in London today. Firstly this mini report and ongoing survey of open work spaces in London being undertaken by IPPR supported by the GLA. Secondly this report on Creative Factories – focused on the creative community in Hackney Wick and Fish Island […]

Fascinating Event coming up: The Cross Innovation Conference October16th/17th

This event which has both great European speakers but also a hands on Blender event will look at how the Creative Industries can assist other sectors to Innovate. To book your place go to

City of Colours – Birmingham

A few images from the great City of Colours Street Art Festival in Birmingham held last weekend.  Well worth a wander round Digbeth!

Art Attack: Stolen Images as public art is vandalised

It is a great shame that in one creative area where Birmingham truly leads; namely the street display of photography this has suffered  theft and vandalism. What seems clear is that the person or persons who did this valued in someway the images as they were stolen and not defaced. So why has this happened? […]

It is makey makey time at #BirminghamMadeMe. A Hackathon for Non Techies. Honest!

Birmingham Made Me takes a different tack on Wednesday 19th June. Far from the standard works of  a design and innovation conference; this session is a hands on approach to innovation. Have you ever heard of makey makey; neither had I ….well take a look at this video. It is an approach developed at MIT […]

Local Infrastructure Funding for Birmingham: Positives and Negatives

The announcement recently by Eric Pickles of Local Infrastructure funding loans from the Housing and Communities Agency for three projects in Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone is good news. The three projects that have won resources from the fund are; Masshouse – Funding will partly be spent on creating an attractive public square. Arena Central – Funding will […]

Birmingham Made Me; Opening speech by Albert Bore and Overview of the Launch event @ideabirmingham

Yesterday was the opening of Birmingham Made Me Expo and Design Festival. The two key note speakers were John Cridland Director General from the CBI and Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council. John Cridland focussed on the importance of regenerating local areas. He mentioned Birmingham’s impressive progress and gave enthusiastic support for the Greater […]

Birmingham Made Me Opens

Today the 2nd Birmingham Made Me Expo and Design Festival launches. A really interesting programme and it seems that, going on the website, there may be tickets left for some of the events. Well worth attending, events are free and you get free entry into Thinktank as well. Today we will hear key note speakers […]

Birmingham Made Me – Dont Miss this

Birmingham’s second Design Expo is coming up next month and I wanted to post a short piece on it as it looks really good. The event over 16 days hosted largely in Millennium Point covers a lot of interesting ground; taking Design in its widest sense. It’s programme can be seen on its website (here). […]



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