Past events


As part of ID2015 and Belfast Design Week the Northern Ireland Design Alliance are hosting a lunchtime session with 4 designers in conversation, exploring trends and changes in the design sector.


The Northern Ireland Design Alliance at CultureTECH. Come and hear three thought provoking stories from individuals who have used design to establish and grow their own business.


In the first of a new series of Anatomy of Design talks, Andrew Todd from Tandem will speak on ‘Provocation by Design – Creating interpretive [...]


In the first of a new series of Anatomy of Design talks, Andrew Todd from Tandem will speak on ‘Provocation by Design – Creating interpretive [...]


Maker Day Belfast is a free creative collaborative design weekend focusing on physical and digital making for a wide community of people to participate in. [...]


Paul is a registered psychologist with the unique quirk of also being a qualified designer – creating the intriguing job title of design psychologist. Working [...]


We believe the importance of design as a sector is under-represented in Northern Ireland. This survey is a call to action. It will help us [...]


As part of Design Week 2013 the Northern Ireland Design Alliance and Creative & Cultural Skills are hosting a seminar about Intellectual Property in Design [...]


Mike Reed is a creative writer for brands. From London to Sydney, cake to koalas, Mike's work has connected people with ideas.


Matt Coyne is a Visual and Interaction Designer working on large scale visual language


Towards the end of 2012, following an unprecedented open and honest development process, Government Digital Services (GDS) officially launched GOV.UK, “The best place to find [...]


In May 2013, we were delighted to welcome GDS Senior Visual Designer Stephen McCarthy to Belfast for the first NIDA Anatomy of Design talks.


The Northern Ireland Design Alliance is holding a festive event on 17th December 2012. This Christmas event will feature networking and discussion around the topic, [...]


Invest Northern Ireland’s Design Conference 2012 Come along to this FREE event. With a keynote address from leading Brand Consultant Ralph Ardill, and three innovative [...]


26 Treasures is a new anthology containing a collection of personal, emotive responses to treasures from four different national museums – the V&A in London, the National Library of Wales, the Ulster Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland. To celebrate the publication of this fascinating compliation, the Ulster Museum is hosting an evening of readings and conversations from six local contributors


Michael Thomson will speak on using strategic design as a tool for strategic growth, demonstrating how design thinking goes far beyond superficial styling to add value to your business.


NIDA created ‘The Design By Committee’ as a model of design thinking. This first report explains what happened at the initial workshop on 'transport' and makes a concrete case for the power of design thinking, demonstrating the economic and social benefits of design. Don't miss out on getting your hands on the first copies!


The Office of Innovation and Fumbally Exchange explore themes of Innovation/Creativity/Entrepreneurship/Design in a series of short talks and workshops as tools that facilitate collaboration and Making Work Together.


A half day clinic for creative businesses and designers featuring a practical workshop introducing the tendering process and an informative and inspiring talk with Mark Case director of Whitenoise studios on how to get started and make the most of Tender opportunities.


An interactive evening with a panel posing questions like 'Design effectiveness: Fluff or fundamental'? Read what happened on our events page, and add your own comments if you made it along on the night...


Belfast taking on the world one puppet at a time! Colin Williams, founder of television production company Sixteen South, looks at how a small creative [...]


Read the event write-up. Gavin Strange is a jack of all trades; Senior Online Designer at Aardman Animations by Day and a designer going under the alias Jamfactory by night. Working in the field of Web & Graphics primarily but also dabbling in character design, photography and illustration.


The Northern Ireland Design Alliance is hosting the Creative Entrepreneurs Club in August on the subject of ‘Reimagining – changing apathy into empathy’. Winning both [...]


This is the seventh session in The Evolve Programme run by Blick Studios. The Evolve Programme is aimed at small and start up creative businesses.  [...]


These courses are now closed.  We plan to run further programmes with the DBA in 2011, please check back for updates.


Russell Mills works across a number of creative disciplines – fine art, multimedia, stage and lighting design and has produced record covers and book covers [...]


This is a unique opportunity to hear from Sandra Scott, an 18 year industry veteran, who arrived at IMD in 2008 at the onset of [...]


From its inception as a modest pilot four years ago, running a handful of events in conjunction with the School of Art and Design’s End [...]


Re:Collection is a growing collection of visual communication design created by individuals and companies in Northern Ireland and encompassing historical and contemporary practice. Further information [...]


The Northern Ireland Design Alliance passionately believes in the power of design thinking to solve the bigger problems that we face in industry, culture and [...]


Winning team announced! In January 2011 the NI Design Alliance launched a Design Competition for 2nd year Visual Communications students at the University of Ulster, [...]


‘Insightful’, ‘Entertaining’, ‘Excellent’ Those were just some of the comments about our event with Martin Lambie-Nairn which took place at Belfast’s Waterfront Studio as part [...]


Recognised as a leading authority on experiential branding, design and marketing, Ralph Ardill discussed how struggling brewery, JW Lees, was transformed into a modern, relevant [...]


Creative & Cultural Skills has been working with designers since 2009 to establish a NI Design Alliance with the vision of promoting professional standards, design [...]


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Belfast design week is returning in 2016 with a wider and even more ambitious programme of design led events in and around Belfast.


The first Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards have been announced. These awards will celebrate the unsung heroes of the creative industries who continue to do amazing work investing in the next generation of talent.


Jamie was co-founder and creative director at Belfast design studio Front, before helping develop the Typecast web design – A free prototyping tool which has [...]


Sarah is the co-founder and Managing Director at Snook, a service design and innovation agency in Scotland. She focuses on making social change happen by [...]