Clerkenwell Design Week: Our highlights

11th June, 2018

Day 1

Sir Tim Smit, Eden Project founder.

Tim captivated the audience from the moment he started talking, the ultimate storyteller. Presenting to a full room, Tim led us on an creative journey through time and provided an insightful glimpse into what it takes to create and build something like the Eden Project – an inspiring story about true determination to succeed. 

Sir Tim Smit Talk

Day 2

Panel hosted by BBC Click’s Kate Russell

A panel discussion hosted by BBC Click’s Kate Russell, showcased some shining examples of how digital businesses can thrive in Cornwall and what the space has to offer. The businesses featured on the panel were: Sanders Studios, 3WhiteHats, Nixon Design & Headforwards.

Clerkenwell Quotes

The discussion attracted an audience who said they felt genuinely inspired towards a move to Cornwall themselves. It was a chance to highlight the expertise, knowledge and high-growth businesses in the region and, more importantly, their ability to recruit a strong team as a result of ready access to Falmouth University. There was a reiteration that digital and tech businesses enjoy working with clients from all over the world from their base in Cornwall.

Day 3

A Place for Plastic

On the final day of the festival we finished with the discussion: A Place for Plastic, hosted by journalist Katie Treggiden with Ella Doran and Seetal Solanki. The panel explored how the ‘plastic-free’ movement affects designers’ relationships with the material of the modern day. Very apt for the panel to be led by a Cornish design journalist, given Cornwall’s focus on ‘plastic free’ towns and the dedication of Cornwall based Surfers Against Sewage, campaigning against plastic pollution. 

Cornwall’s corner of Clerkenwell

The turn out painted a great picture of the region’s representation at the internationally- renowned event. We met people from across the globe who were interested in finding out more about Cornwall and the creative expertise in the region.

A big thanks goes to everyone involved in the events including: Sir Tim Smit, our fantastic panellists, Kate Russell and of course MARK Product and Nixon Design for letting us use their creative space.

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