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Design for Planet Festival

We're heading to the University of East Anglia in Norwich this 17–18 October to host the third edition of our award-winning festival that aims to mobilise the UK's powerful design community to unite efforts in addressing the climate crisis.
This year's theme COLLABORATE will bring together over 60 experts from a range of disciplines including fashion, built environment, energy, inclusivity, policy and more to empower an important cross-industry dialogue.
Join free, online workshops and panel discussions from some of the world’s most inspiring voices and talent in design and sustainability including contributions from Patagonia, TOAST, Peers for the Planet and Fairphone.


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Our speakers

Stay tuned as we announce the full lineup of speakers in the coming months.

Bas Van Abel

Founder of Fairphone (repairable smart phone producers), will discuss how to build a deeper understanding between people and their products.

Dr Dori Tunstall

Dean of the Faculty of Design at Ontario College of Art & Design University will explore how to decolonise design practices and how collaboration can fuel innovation.

Kwajo Tweneboa

Housing Campaigner & Television Presenter will be joined by Pooja Agrawal to discuss inequitable living conditions and the need for a just and regenerative future.

Stefanie Posavec and Asher Minns

Artist & Author and Designer of Greta Thunberg's The Climate Book Stefanie Posavec will speak with Asher Minns, Science Communicator at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Tiffanie Darke

Director of Story Futures at Story Studios will be diving into preloved fashion on demand with a conversation exploring the rise of circular platforms as a reaction to fast-fashion.

The theme of this year’s Design for Planet festival is COLLABORATE.

Collaboration is essential if we are going to design for planet. The crisis is too big for anyone to tackle on their own. It needs everyone. To work together.

Collaboration can take many different forms including: consumers, working with nature, AI development, building supply chains, cross-industry business ventures, gathering together practices of different disciplines from engineering to performing arts.

Throughout the festival, we will hear from many different practitioners from across the design industry, and will be asking them a set of questions:

  • How has collaboration helped you design for planet?
  • What made it easy? And what made it hard?
  • Where is more collaboration needed?
  • Who would be your dream collaborator?


Our curatorial board

Amplifying the importance of collaboration, we invited an inspiring group of cross-sectorial experts to help us curate this year's festival programming.


Shawn Adams

Co-Founder, POor Collective

Cat Drew

Chief Design Officer, Design Council

Alice Fisher

Journalist, The Guardian

Professor Fiona Lettice

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia

Natasha Trotman

Design Council Expert, Equalities Designer

Branding Design for Planet

Discover the story behind our new logo (that is actually quite an old logo!).

From archive diving to climate conscious colour choices, we've been on a journey to put our best, planet-centred design foot forward.


Catch up on previous festivals