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Design Leaders Conference

November 9, 2017 – Light House Cinema, Smithfield

Design Leaders Conference

A one day conference to recharge design and agency owners, design and creative directors, design and account managers, and anyone interested in leading a design team or running a successful creative studio.

9th November 2017, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin

Book Your Ticket – Early Bird ends 29th September →

Early Bird IDI Members* €195
Early Bird Non-IDI member €249

Early Bird offer ends 29th September

Talent. Culture. Business.

The IDI Design Enterprise Skillnet are bringing together thought leaders and subject matter experts to lead business-focused conversations and learning on the challenges of managing talent in creative environments, building a winning culture and running a modern design practice profitably. 

We'll take a deep dive into the topics that pose the greatest challenges for design and creative business owners, directors, partners and managers who lead design teams and run successful creative studios.

An unmissable opportunity to build your network, share ideas and learn up to date industry trends and best practice.


Our keynote sessions will feature executive speakers from the US, Canada and Europe discussing everything from the challenges and opportunities of defining and honing your own leadership style to aligning talent and culture in dynamic design and creative environments with a profitable business strategy.

Design Leaders Conference

Blair Enns, Win Without Pitching
Blair Enns is the sand in the free pitching machine. Through his sales training program for creative professionals, Win Without Pitching, he is on a mission to change the way creative services are bought and sold the world over. He is the author of The Win Without Pitching Manifesto (Rockbench, 2010) and Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond The Billable Hour (Rockbench, Q3 2017). more

Emma Collins, Creative Consultant, Catalyst & Coach, Collins & Co
In 2006, Emma made the conscious decision to leave her role as MD at the award-winning Bristol design agency Home. Aware of a lack of confidence in some designers and a limited understanding of the value of design with many clients, Emma felt moved to direct her energy and focus to help creative leaders know themselves, their true value and potential. more

Peter Czapp, Co-Founder, The Wow Company
Peter Czapp loves helping design businesses grow. In 2004, he co-founded The Wow Company, an accounting firm that specialises in helping design businesses and agencies grow quicker and more sustainably. Peter loves talking about profitability and growth. more

Katharine Pulford, Product Development Director and Head of CMF for Logitech, Lausanne, Switzerland
Katharine is part of the Design Leadership Team that has re-defined innovation culture within Logitech. A designer and trend forecaster with over 16 years of industrial experience, Katharine’s specialism lies in the development of creative product strategies, blending client brand values, consumer trend foresight and carefully considered use of materials to deliver ID and UX / UI concepts and insights. Katharine will talk about in-house design teams - their work and collaboration with external design consultancies, and the role of both people and product in leading design for innovation at senior executive level. more

David Palmer, Executive Creative Director, LOVE
David has over 26 years of industry experience working with global brands across a broad range of design-centric projects spanning brand experience spaces, packaging, innovation, advertising and brand design. In its time, LOVE has won just about every design award going, including several D&AD pencils, all of which sit in a stolen Tesco’s shopping trolley in LOVE’s studio. David has also been a judge for many leading award systems, including foreman of judges for D&AD. more

Liza Enebeis, Creative Director & Maartje Wensing, Project Manager, Studio Dumbar
Studio Dumbar (part of Dept) is an international agency with a Dutch heritage, specialising in visual branding. Studio Dumbar attracts talented individuals from around the world. The portfolio is equally diverse, encompassing work for a variety of clients both large and small – from business and government to cultural and non-profit. more

Full line-up and schedule to be announced soon. Follow us on twitter for udpates


Book Your Ticket – Early Bird Tickets sale ends 29th September

Early Bird IDI Members* €195
Early Bird Non-IDI member €249

* You are a current IDI Member if you have paid your membership renewal subscription since Jan 2017. If you were previously an IDI member and have not paid your subscripton since January 2017 you can renew here
If you are not a member of the IDI and are interested in joining, find out how to join here.

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