In late October, in celebration of making it 10 years in the business, UK-based service design agency Snook are bringing together voices from across a breadth of sectors and disciplines to host 'DOTIfest'—a day-long 'Festival of New Design Ideas' (cynics might call it a conference, but it does look a lot less stuffy) in east-central London.
The event comes off the back of their successful bi-monthly 'Design on the Inside' (or DOTI) event series, in which the organisers sought to create a safe space to share and discuss the reality of how design works in organisations, behind the 'hero' success stories that make the design blogs.
Keynotes, performances, panel discussions, workshops and something called 'fireside chats' will explore everything from the future of local government, through design activism to people-centred business—all under the umbrella of the festivals unapologetically audacious theme question: 'How do we design a world where everyone can thrive?'
The 'fest' takes place on 31 October from 09:00 – 17:30 at The Oval Space in London's Bethnal Green. Tickets are still available and ranging from very reasonable £125 – £200 (including food), with discounts for student and charity workers, as well as 10% of tickets set aside to be allocated free of charge for those who would otherwise feel unable to attend.
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.