Pop-up Design Cafe

Creative Dundee is hosting the city’s first Pop-up Design Cafe in partnership with Avery & Co. on Friday 30th January as part of a weekend of celebrations to launch Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design status. Pop in, hear and meet the people who are pushing boundaries with design.

Pop-up Design Cafe, Avery & Co. 2.30 – 4.30pm, Friday 30th Jan 2015 – free and no need to book, just drop in.

What does design mean to you? What would you like to see Dundee do in future as a UNESCO City of Design? Come and share your ideas and thoughts for the future at the pop-up design cafe.


Chat to Dundee’s designers

There are many faces who make up Dundee’s design community, throughout the afternoon we’ll be hearing brief insights from just a few about their experiences of design and ambitions for the city.

  • Kirsty Maguire is an Architect specialising in eco design and low energy Passivhaus buildings.
  • Lyall Bruce is a Graphic Illustrator designing for print and screen. He is passionate about identity and character.
  • Space Budgie is an independent Game Studio, creators of 9.03m and Glitchspace.
  • Joanne MacFadyen is a Jeweller who set up Tea Green Events to showcase the wealth of creative talents in Scotland.

Contribute to the city’s future vision

Dotted around the cafe you will find plenty of opportunities to share your thoughts, reflections and ideas on design in the city.

Put forward what you’d like to do yourself and outline your ambitions for the future of Dundee and its citizens as a UNESCO City of Design.

Design in a new domain

Kicking us off at 2.30pm, Professor Mike Press, Chair of Design Policy at DJCAD will lead a conversation with a group of innovative designers who are bringing design to new areas – in fields like social services, the creative economy and service design.

  • Jon Gill is a Design Communicator focused on public and community services.
  • Jo Blecher is a Jeweller involved in V&A Dundee’s first major show ‘Design in Motion’
  • Karen Lyttle is an Interior Designer now working in service design.

Hear how design-led practice is influencing their fields of work and how Dundee can best harness the power of design to renew itself in the coming years.

Pop-up Design Cafe
Friday 30th January 2015
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Avery & Co, South Tay Street, Dundee
Free to attend including a free hot drink (limited on a first come, first serve).


A weekend of celebrations

The Pop-up Design Cafe is just one part of Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design launch. See the full weekend programme below:

Platforms for Creativity

Thursday, 29 January 2015 | Lecture 10am – 12noon | Workshops 2.30pm – 4.30pm
University of Dundee, Free

Two international experts in design and craft will come to University of Dundee on to run a special free event focusing on creativity, design and sustainable futures. The afternoon workshop event must be booked in advance.

An event by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Creative Dundee.

Pop-up Design Cafe

Friday, 30 January 2015 | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Avery & Co, South Tay Street

Pop in, hear and meet the people who are pushing boundaries with design.

An event by Creative Dundee in partnership with Avery & Co.

Public Lecture: How Design can change a City

Friday, 30 January 2015 | 6pm
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

A expert panel will discuss and debate just how design can influence the way a city and its people look, think and behave. This free event must be booked in advance.

An event by Leisure & Culture Dundee and Design in Action.

Drop in and Play Junior

Saturday, 31 January 2015 | 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Free

A showcase of work by local games developers for the 0 – 15 age group. This is an opportunity for members of the public to play games and meet the people who created them.

An event by Abertay University and DCA