Cardiff Design Festival 2019

10-13 October 2019

Cardiff Design Festival is back and is taking over the city from 10-13 October celebrating its wealth of design talent whilst experimenting and collaborating with designers of all kinds.

The University is one of the main sponsors and is excited to see the new coordinating team’s plans coming together that show how design is central to creating happy and sustainable communities and creating beautiful experiences in our daily lives.  Our staff and students are again involved and running the following events so do come along – you’ll find full details on the Festival website


Fashion: Marks – explores the potential of designing with shapes rather than creating patterns for designs.

The exhibition by the BA Fashion students explores the potential of forms by creative and initiative manipulation of different sizes of shapes, that create highly creative visual silhouettes in an exciting way, creating a VISUAL IMPACT highlighting the bold silhouettes shapes and thought provoking hidden messages.

When: Thursday 10 – Friday 18 October, 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design



Meet Cardiff Met’s European Art, Science & Technology Network creatives and artists in residence

We’re bringing together designers and artists who work with science, technology & digital design to create installations, performances, music and sound art, and flagging up our EASTN-DC Festival in March 2021.

When: Friday 11 October, 15:30 – 17:00 – just drop in and say hello
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design



Are You Sitting Comfortably – Chair design, build and test workshop, using a kit of components.

This workshop hosted by the Product Design Masters students is a practical hands-on session which will last for approximately an hour or as long as it takes to create a functional new chair design using a kit of components. You’ll be supported in the design of your new chair design and its assembly. Your completed chair will be photographed and uploaded to an on-line chair gallery … and of course, if you want, as its designer you too can appear in the gallery.

When: Friday 11 October, Saturday 12 October, 10:00 – 16:30 – just drop in and take part
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design



Design as Activism

Design as Activism is a workshop hosted by the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication students, graduates and tutors inviting young people from 10-14, with accompanying parents, to join us in exploring that it means to be a design activist.  We will explore this through drawing and collage, illustration and typography. If you are passionate about climate change, animal rights, gender issues or anything else that affects you in the world or that you’re interested in, we would love for you to come and join us for this two hour workshop!

When: Saturday 12 October, 10:00 – 12:00
Venue: Cardiff School of Art & Design



The Great Design Bake Off

The Great Design Bake Off, organised by our BA (Hons) Graphic Communication students, is an opportunity for all budding designers to showcase their passion for design, whether it be graphics, product, fashion, architecture in the guise of baked good!

Show us your typographic ligature tarts, your couture cakes or your brutalist bakewells. There will be a The Great Design Bake Off trophy for the best designed baked good. All cakes will be sold in aid of a selected local charity (to be announced soon). When submitting a cake, you will be asked to submit all ingredients to ensure that all allergies can be labelled.

When: Saturday 12 October, 13:00 – 14:00
Venue: Cardiff Design Festival Hub, Little Man Coffee Co. ,Bridge Street, Cardiff CF10 2EE



Cardiff Design Festival Quiz

Come and be tested on your Design prowess (with lots of general knowledge too) at the closing event to close them all, The Cardiff Design Festival Quiz!

There will be prizes galore and the winners can claim the title of Best Design Knowledge of Wales ever.

When: Sunday 13 October, 19:30 – 21:30
Venue: Kin+Ilk, The Maltings, East Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF24 5EZ