Curated by… Makers

This one day conference, followed by related events in Sheffield and has been put together to discuss the potential, and current impact of, digital / physical makers and their philosophy, on the broad ranging discipline of Graphic Design.

Graphic designers and the surrounding disciplines use of technology has changed and now includes technology as an outcome as well as a method of collecting data and quantitative research. It is an area of invention and holds exciting opportunities for the future of our discipline.

The speakers have been selected to demonstrate ideas, processes, attitudes and possibilities for the audience to consider.

As always, Curated By… Lectures are set up as a place to talk about influences on the development of our guests’ practice and not simply about their work.

Hotel Novotel Sheffield Centre

50 Arundel Gate
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2PR
0114 278 1781

Jurys Inn

119 Eyre Street
City Centre, Sheffield S1 4QW
0114 291 2222

Mercure Sheffield St Pauls Hotel & Spa

119 Norfolk Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2JE
0114 278 2000

Best Western Cutlers Hotel

George Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2PF
0114 273 9939

Hotel Ibis Sheffield City

Shude Hill
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2AR
0114 241 9600

Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre Angel St.

Angel Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8LN
0871 527 8970

We have asked Kate to talk to you because of her attitude!

Kate Moross is an energetic artist who likes three sided shapes and typography. She has worked prolifically creating bold artwork for the likes of adidas, Fabergé, Nike, ESPN, (RED), Kiehls, Vogue, Paul Smith, Mini Cooper, Samsung Olympics 2012, Outline Editions, Nokia, Whistles, Trekstock , Ray Ban, Wired, The Guardian and Bestival.

This year alone she has talked at TYPO Berlin 'Touch' May 2013, OFFSET Festival Dublin 2013, After School Club II 2013 Offenbach, Germany 2013. Plus again in June for Here 2013, the curated event from Its Nice That.

Kate is an Illustrator / Film Maker / tinkerer


We have asked Brendan to talk to you because he is inventive Brendan Dawes is a UK based designer and artist.

Ever since his first experiences with the humble ZX81 back in the early eighties, Brendan has continued to explore the interplay of people, code, design and art through his work on where he publishes ideas, toys and projects created from an eclectic mix of digital and analog objects. On top of all that his Mum says he's good with computers.

Fillings for rectangles is how he often describes his work. Over the years those rectangles have come in various shapes and sizes including websites, iPhone apps, posters, books, electronic circuits and pieces of plastic. Whilst his output takes on many forms, running through all his work are consistent themes of playfulness, curiosity and experimentation.

He believes passionately in putting new objects into the world that disrupt the status quo and ask questions about accepted practices; such as his Doodlebuzz news interface — a celebration of chance encounters and serendipity – featured in the Talk to Me exhibition at MoMA in New York and earlier won a D&AD award for interface design.

Brendan is a Maker / Designer / Technoman


Joe creates interfaces for software and products.

In 2006, he completed an MA in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art. He went on to work on research and software projects for Nokia, KPMG, Sony Ericsson, Luckybite, Beta Tank, IDEO and Deutsche Bank, amongst others. Joe secured an RUC Visiting Fellowship at Newcastle University in 2010, where he ran the Interventions project to explore potential interconnections between design and social science.

In 2009 he co-founded The Play Coalition, an ongoing collaboration to create objects that are simple, inventive and fun. Occasionally, Joe helps to draw the posters for the Interaction Design Rendezvous and puts other bits and pieces on his personal site

Joe Mailia and Tom Stuart are technomen / designers and will be speaking together on this occasion.


Tom is a computer scientist and programmer who enjoys designing & building digital products. He's created software for clients including BERG, the BBC and the Government Digital Service, taught computer science at the University of Cambridge, and recently written a book, Understanding Computation, which explains theoretical computer science to working programmers.

Tom Stuart and Joe Malia are technomen / designers and will be speaking together on this occasion.


Max Whitby is CEO and co-founder of Touch Press. He was involved in the BBC's pioneering Interactive Television Unit and headed an early collaboration between the BBC and Apple. Subsequently he co-led a management buy-out of this BBC group, forming the MultiMedia Corporation (MMC) a London-based media publishing company that achieved a successful IPO in 1995.

In 2004 Max made the radical decision to train formally as a scientist, and completed a PhD in chemistry at Imperial College in London. For the past decade he has collaborated closely with Theodore Gray designing and building elaborate periodic table displays and installations around the world. Their first iPad title—The Elements—resulted from this partnership and has become a digital publishing phenomenon. The Elements has been downloaded more than 800,000 times generating over $3 million of net revenue. The early success of this first richly enhanced interactive app book led to the formation of Touch Press.

In 2011 Max co-produced the landmark literary iPad title The Waste Land exploring T S Eliot’s great poem and most recently he was executive producer on The Orchestra. He has received four BAFTA nominations and two BAFTA awards. He is passionately interested in natural history and has personally filmed every British bird, butterfly and bumblebee species and almost every dragonfly.


Patrick is Lord Creator of Chirp and is now the CEO & Founder of creative technology company Animal Systems.

He previously founded mobile search startup L6 Research, and has led academic research into sound control surfaces and ubiquitous computing systems. He has worked as a creative director for clients including Microsoft and Ray-Ban, and his work has been shown at the ICA and London Design Museums, and featured in publications including Wired, Fast Company and MIT Tech Review.

Patrick is also an Honorary Research Associate at University College London, Dept. of Computer Science, and a member of the New Radiophonics Workshop. He likes birds, synthesizers, and so on.


Wednesday 6th November 2013


Pennine Theatre

Sheffield Hallam

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