Small Talks: Digital Design Futures

August 18, 2022
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On Thursday 20th October our Founder Ben Elliott was invited by Made By Many to join the ‘Digital Design Futures’ event to participate in three panel discussions and a live Q&A. Alongside Ben, panellists included, Rachel Ilan Simpson Head of Design at Multiverse, Flora MacLeod Design Director @ IBM iX, Eva Verhoeven Programme Director Interaction Design & Visual Communication @ London College of Communication, Oliver Benjamin Director of Employment and Skills @ Good Growth Hub, Rosie Isbell Group Design Lead @ Wise & Visiting Tutor at the Arts University Bournemouth, Dorinda Kusi Senior Product Designer at Moonpig, and Chioma Onwuzulike Product Designer at Made By Many.

Key discussion points included how can design leaders and managers ensure design roles are accessible for all, what it means to be a ‘Junior Designer’ and how those of us in the design industry can ensure workplaces are psychologically safe for juniors to try and fail? And, what’s in it for businesses if they do?

A big question that kept coming up was how do we make these roles more accessible to students and people from varied background?  Flipside is one of many programmes trying to bridge that gap. It is ‘A paid, industry-led bootcamp’ introducing young talent to the basics in digital product design. Learn more about what they’re doing to kickstart the careers of young people looking to enter the world of digital design here.

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