Designers of the Future: Lego Animation for Girls
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Designers of the Future: Lego Animation for Girls

This mini animation master classes by Can Do Academy is a great introduction for children to the colourful world of stop motion animation! The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination! Your child will learn to use special iPad apps and they will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session!

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Designers of the Future: Book Design for Girls
Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

Designers of the Future: Book Design for Girls

Design Our Future… What do you think our next story should be?

This workshop will focus on book design and storytelling. There will be a brief introduction to the different stages of book making. This will include brainstorming ideas, storyboarding, weaving text and images together, dummy book making, the process of working on a final book itself and tips on how to work in the publishing industry.

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Designers of the Future: Games Design for Girls
Nov
11
11:30 AM11:30

Designers of the Future: Games Design for Girls

Just for girls in this workshop we’re going to work together to design, make the graphics, and produce the sound effects for a new totally unique game. You’ll be given an introduction to GameMaker, a free and easy to use cross-platform programme, and learn some of the basics of coding for games. This is going to be some hands on practical fun and the finished game will be made available online shortly after the workshop. No previous experience necessary.

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The Time is Now
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Time is Now

Womenfolk, Creating A Space & Blick Shared Studios have teamed up to create a unique interactive event with a panel of female design students talking about their experiences and journey in the design industry/education to date and what their plans, ambitions and aspirations for the future are.

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JUNIOR.SENIOR BELFAST DESIGN WEEK
Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

JUNIOR.SENIOR BELFAST DESIGN WEEK

This will be the fourth in our series of breakfast events hosted this time by Kaizen where a senior designer from the company shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer from the company starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Junior.Senior aims to open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

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JUNIOR.SENIOR AUGUST
Aug
20
8:00 AM08:00

JUNIOR.SENIOR AUGUST

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This will be the third in our series of breakfast events where a senior designer shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Junior.Senior aims to open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

One event a month on a Monday morning between now and Belfast Design Week!

August Senior Speaker: Marie-therese McCann

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Marie-therese is UX Lead in Fathom, a human experience agency based in Belfast. She has worked on major projects north and south of the Island of Ireland's capitals. She leads her multi-disciplinary team across user experience and service design projects which span sectors such as Banking, Healthcare, Start-ups and the Public Sector. Building a healthy design culture for her team which helps foster creativity for her clients, is a key motivator for Marie-therese.

Her interests span topics across usability, human pyschology & inclusive design, ethical tech and diversity while constantly self educating to keep up with the pace of change in a world were the lines continue to blur between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.

August Junior Speaker: Sophia Bradley

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Sophia Bradley is a UX designer at Fathom, having joined the agency in early 2017 to focus on user-centred design. Since graduating from DJCAD University of Dundee in 2016, Sophia has developed her passion for understanding human behaviours and their interactions with the digital world. Alongside this she is a strong advocate for accessibility in design.

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Sponsored by Cubist Coffee

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Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.
Jul
30
8:00 AM08:00

Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.

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Junior.Senior. July – the second in our series of breakfast events where a senior designer shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Junior.Senior aims to open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

One event a month on a Monday morning between now and Belfast Design Week

This months Junior speaker – Kim Hetherington founder of Little Designs: 

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Kim Hetherington is founder of Little Designs, she started her digital doodles in 2017 and has been creating cute things ever since.

Our Senior speakers this month are design duo Lisa Smyth and Christine McKee from shesaid a new design and branding studio in the heart of Belfast: 

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Lisa Smyth is a creative design consultant and business owner with a 1st class honours degree and almost 20 years of professional experience in the field of graphic design and branding design. Lisa previously worked for large design and advertising agencies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and London. 
Previous to shesaid Lisa Smyth has been a sole trader at mrssmyth.co.ukfor the past ten years. Lisa works with business and organisations who like to build a relationship with a dedicated designer to turn their business goals into reality. Mrs Smyth’s aim is to assist the growth and success of a clients business through great design.

Lisa has been providing design and branding services to a diverse range of clients across the Voluntary and Private Sector. Lisa has collaborated with other design agencies working on branding projects for Channel 4 and Discovery Channel. 
In 2017 Lisa was part of the core design team in the redesign of the new polymer Ulster Bank notes. Working for service design agency Nile (Edinburgh) and branding agency O Street, Lisa worked as part of the design team in accumulating insight and developing networks of Northern Ireland expertise. Lisa was also integral to the creative direction through the concept phase. Lisa delivered conference pitches to the Royal Bank of Scotland representing the ‘voice of Northern Ireland’.

Christine McKee has over 15 years professional experience having worked in some of the top design agencies in Belfast, such as AV Browne, Slater Design, McCadden Design, Tandem Design and formerly Whitenoise. Her expertise spans from creating corporate identities for small and large businesses, to print, exhibition design and retail.

Christine has worked with companies such as the Open House Festival, Newcastle Evolution Festival, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and a wide range of smaller businesses. She has recently won an account for Ormeau Credit Union. The new brand identity reflects how community finance is seen in nature, just as bees work together as a cooperative for the mutual benefit of the hive. Strategic design lead thinking has brought the concept to life through their visual language and customer perception.

In association with shesaid – a female led design and branding studio in the heart of Belfast.

www.shesaid.design

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Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.
Jun
25
8:00 AM08:00

Womenfolk Breakfast: Junior.Senior.

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Introducing Junior.Senior. – A series of breakfast events where a senior designer shares the story of their career path to success. Complimented by a young emerging designer starting out in the professional world, telling their story so far and the challenges they face.

Let’s open the floor (and the doors) to the world of Junior.Senior. female designers in Northern Ireland. Create collaborations and help champion young emerging designers.

Kick starting Monday mornings between now and Belfast Design Week

In association with shesaid – a female led design and branding studio in the heart of Belfast.

Speaker Number One – Aisling Rusk: 

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Aisling Rusk is the founder of Studio idir, a small, design-led architecture practice that flourishes in the in-between. Aisling is interested in the impact that the built environment can have on the negotiation of difference within societies that are in or moving out of conflict.  She is also interested in liminality, or practices of locating in-between, particularly in divided and contested contexts where divisive binaries are rife.

 










 

 

Speaker Number Two - Gemma O'Neill:

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Gemma O’Neill is an illustrator/author from the Causeway Coast, now based outside Belfast. When she graduated from Falmouth University in 2011 she already had her first authored and illustrated picture book deal which has been published globally and received many award nominations. Although originally specialising in children's book illustration, she now also enjoys factual and adult illustration, creating greetings cards, prints and original artwork. Her Causeway Coast roots are of huge inspiration in terms of mark making, colour and the natural theme within her work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.shesaid.design

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WOMENFOLK – THE TIME IS NOW PANEL
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

WOMENFOLK – THE TIME IS NOW PANEL

There has long been a disparity between the number of men and women involved in Design and Entrepreneurship.

The Time is Now is an Interactive panel discussion which will discuss how we can encourage and support young female design entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland.

We have four wonderful speakers including Karishma Kusurkar and Aileen McEwen who will be joining us for this event that is part of Creativity Month 2018

 

Speaker Number One

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Karishma Kusurkar is a designer-entrepreneur focused on inventing new products with her brand Karishma's World.  As co-founder of Belfast Design Week & The Design Salon, Karishma is passionate about raising the profile of Belfast as a design destination.  She is an avid collector of postcards and a huge fan of podcasts.

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Speaker Number Two

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Aileen McEwen is a painter and is also pursuing a career in collections management in the museums and heritage sector. Her paintings explore ideas of illusion, desire and memory and are full of the historic spaces she works in.

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Speaker Number Three

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Karen Miano is the Co Founder of DIAxDEM.
“I Remember distinctly when I started out in the creative industry, specifically in music management, being told that my place within the industry would eventually sit and fit into being a facilitator. Now I have no problem with that, but the issue is that men tend to dictate women's narratives within the creative community and we get lobbed into being the facilitators 7 times out of 10. I think all that is changing. Women are much more receptive to relatability and art (in whatever form that may be) is a huge way of connecting and bringing us together to share stories and ask questions. I hope to work on connecting the two roles of Facilitator & Creator, and to inspire young people of colour to feel empowered to follow their creative spirits!"

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Speaker Number Four

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Geri Doherty is a TV/Film industry professional wth extensive experience as a costumier / stylist. Is a founding member and producer of Melt Fashion Collective, advocating for NI underground creative talent with the aim of nurturing expression of self, fashion as an art form and grounding a DIY/inclusive ethos. She loves all things spirtual and is obsessed with perfume.

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