What are you most looking forward to at this year’s festival?
I’m involved in LDF for the second year running – so the three events I’m working on are at the top of my list. The first is Colourful Life on Hanbury St – a pop-up exhibition of Ian Wright’s amazing project with KeayKolour paper for Arjowiggins. We’ve been working on it for almost a year. Fantastic images that represent Ian’s life – almost five decades as one of the UK’s foremost illustrators and image-makers. A must-see.
Also Kingston University’s Postgraduate show – In the Making in the basement of the Truman as part of Tent London. I leave Kingston University as head of the design school on Friday to start as dean of design at LCC on Monday so this so this has been my last project for Kingston. And I’m involved in a panel discussion on illustration at Galleria Illy on Rosebery Avenue on Saturday evening.
Of the other events – Alan Fletcher’s The Art of Looking Sideways at Kemistry will be a must-see, Noma Bar’s Cut it Out at Outline and Ben Newman’s Masks at Nobrow. I’m working with Print Club London at the moment so will want to catch Tom Dixon’s Mulitplex at The Dock too. Gonna be busy, busy…
What is the event, place or memory that really sums up the LDF for you?
It has to be Brick Lane, Hanbury Street, Spitalfields on Friday night – it is more than alive, and everyone is always up for enjoying themselves.
Any tips for LDF first-timers?
Stay cool, hang loose, admit nothing. Oh yes, and sensible shoes.
What’s the best way to relax after a long day at the LDF?
Kick off those sensible shoes and eat and drink local – Poppies for fish and chips and a cup of tea does it for me.
What’s your favourite London design icon?
It has to be the Queen, of course. Or perhaps BT Tower? Or a bowler hat? Or pie and mash? Or a gin and tonic? Or maybe just the black cab home to Bermondsey…
In three words, how would you describe the state of the UK design industry
Local, national, international.