Growing Design Communities
27 October | 6 - 7pm
The Atrium, Building 4, Dubai Design District (d3)
Emerging Design Weeks play an invaluable role in identifying new talent and in supporting more established homegrown brands, providing a crucial moment where design communities can be created or reinforced. For many, developing a strong design week is also a critical step in readying a city or nation's design scene for the competitive international stage.
The panel invites speakers from emerging Design Weeks, as well as others from the more established ones, to share their strategic directions and tactical actions that are put in place to achieve the ambitious goal.
Moderated by David Michon
Isabel Roig has been the General Director of the BCD Barcelona Design Centre since 2000, an organization focused on economic and social value creation through design and its role in innovation and sustainable growth. Her previous professional experience has provided her with the insight required to set successful and innovative strategies at the Centre. In 2006, she founded Barcelona Design Week. She has been a member of the European Design Leadership Board appointed by the European Commission, and the President of BEDA (Bureau of European Design Associations). Currently, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Design Weeks Network.
As editor of Icon, he oversaw the relaunch of the magazine from a trade title to a more grounded, relatable and pacier consumer title – increasing readership by 20% within the first six months. For Monocle, he managed the launch of the brand’s radio station, Monocle 24, and produced, reported for and sometimes presented its weekly radio show on cities, The Urbanist. He regularly contributed to both Monocle magazine and its series of books. Between those editorial roles, he was managing editor at Winkreative, focusing his work on both editorial strategy and place-making projects.