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London Design Festival Plans 2020


This year marks the 18th edition of the London Design Festival and is taking place from the 12th to the 20th of September. Each day throughout the Festival, LDF will share a digital programme of online events, talks, workshops and keynotes.  

This year will be open for visits both online and in person. For example, you can experience Landmark Project, The Hothouse, from Studio Weave located east at IQL; Festival Commission Unity by Marlene Huissoud at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross; Connected by 9 designers online and at The Design Museum; and The Circular Design Project in collaboration with SAP and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation online. 

London Design Festival have said that they really want to put the spotlight on the brilliance of London’s design scene at a time when it needs to be promoted more than ever.  

They have expressed their recognition that freelancers in particular have been impacted by the pandemic, and the Festival wants to support this community by providing a voice to new talent and freelancers. They have created a ‘freelancer portal where freelancers can share design content which will be presented in the dedicated online gallery as well as featured spotlights per week, and their portfolio will be shared with the Festival audience.  

Here’s a list of some of the features of this year’s event 

  • Daily Digital Schedule 
  • The Hothouse 
  • The Circular Design Project 
  • Unity 
  • Connected 
  • London Design Festival & The V&A 
  • Freelancer Portal 
  • Design Medals 
  • London Design Medal Winners 2020 
  • Gloval Design Forum 
  • Design Destinations 
  • Design Districts 
  • Design Routes 
  • Partners  

Each year, London Design Festival recognises the contribution made by leading design figures and emerging talents to London and the industry, with four London Design Medals awarded: The London Design Medal, Emerging Talent Medal, Lifetime Achievement Medal, and Design Innovation Medal. A panel of established designers, industry commentators and previous winners meet to debate the possible recipients of the Medals. This year, the awards ceremony will take place virtually, on the evening of Monday 14 September 2020, supported by SAP.  

SAP, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and LDF will curate and promote a selection of stories and supporting resources. The project seeks to empower and equip the design and creative community to seize the opportunity of the circular economy as a framework for positive global impact. Over the course of the nine days of the Festival, this series of moments will act as the spark that begins to shift designers’ attitudes and practice. 

Find out more about this year’s festival here. Follow LDF across social for the latest schedule, timings and joining details. 


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