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4 Designers Educational Art & Design Conference

4 Designers is the conference all Graphic Design students need to see, giving them access to some of the most exciting and cutting edge designers in the industry. The event takes place in the heart of London, home to some of the most iconic brands in the UK. Our Live Speakers show their work on the big screen, talk about their influences and the challenges of working in such a demanding and exciting field. They also take part in the Q&A sessions, where the students can gain invaluable advice for their future careers. The event is chaired by Patrick Baglee who founded 4 Designers in 1999. His writing on design has appeared in Eye, Design Week, Blueprint and Creative Review.

The Package
Travel Options
Places to Stay
  • Speakers

    Matt Baxter - Creative Director Baxter and Bailey

    Matt Baxter - Creative Director Baxter and Bailey

    Matt is a hugely experienced and universally respected designer, right at the top of his game, having spent the last 20 years working for some of the UK’s most highly rated brand design companies, and, making a personal contribution to the development of new talent within the industry.

    He started out at Trickett & Webb, then worked internationally with Melbourne and NYC-based brand design studio 3Deep, before returning to London for five years as creative director and partner at 300million. His work has put him at the heart of major clients all over the world including Land Securities, The Body Shop, Orchestre de Paris, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Weinstein Company and the Australian Ballet.

    He’s a regular writer and commentator in the design press and has written for Design Week and The Drum and has judged design awards for D&AD and Design Week. With an interest in design education, he’s given talks at LCC, the University of Northumbria and Middlesex University and run portfolio surgeries for D&AD Newblood. When not in the thick of his studio work, he writes and draws every week for The Phoenix Comic, a weekly comic for kids.



    Jo Davies CEO Zak

    Jo Davies       CEO Zak


    Ambitious and entrepreneurial by nature, Jo started life working for two brothers in the property, tech and leisure sectors following studies in marketing at the University of Portsmouth. By 25 Jo was Head of Group Marketing for a major pub company and by 29 Jo had set up her first business, founding a marketing consultancy that helped turn around underperforming businesses and brands. 

    11 years on, Jo is now CEO and Founder of ZAK, an award-winning independent creative agency. Known by reputation as Agents of Change, ZAK develops brands and creative platforms for global clients. ZAK is New Balance’s lead creative agency for Football and Lifestyle. Other clients include the BBC, the Wellcome Trust, Vodafone Afrimax and War Child. She describes her job as: to drive the agency forward, hire the best talent, make sure everyone (clients and staff) are happy and, of course, to make a profit. 

    The agency has developed a singular culture, led and inspired by Jo’s energy and drive. Anyone who has taken the time to watch ZAK’s Market View on YouTube will understand how important ZAK regards a connection with real people in the context of the work they do.  




    Brian & James Webb - Webb and Webb Design

    Brian & James Webb - Webb and Webb Design

    Brian Webb initially trained as a technical illustrator at Liverpool College of Art but moving to Canterbury with the intention of working in television he became seduced by ink and paper. In 1971 he founded Trickett & Webb whose work included corporate, exhibition and packaging design for international clients, winning numerous awards around the world. In 2003 he founded Webb & Webb whose clients include Royal Mail, National Trust, V&A and Tate. 

    James Webb studied fashion journalism and PR at UCA Epsom before leaving to study graphic design at Bath. Winning a Royal Society of Arts award bursary allowed him to work for Pentagram for several months before working in advertising, publishing and design. He joined Webb & Webb in 2005 where he is now a director of the business. 

    Webb & Webb’s clients include arts, educational and charity organisations, manufacturing companies, professional firms and publishers. Projects range from large corporate design schemes, packaging, screen-based media and building graphics to work requiring the skill and craft of letterpress. The work of the studio is the result of both wonderfully clear thinking, beautifully realised, and numerous collaborations with celebrated artists, craftspeople and writers.



    Alan Ainsley - Creative Director (Design), The Leith Agency

    Alan Ainsley - Creative Director (Design), The Leith Agency

    Alan is a designer, sometimes writer and occasional cyclist working in the creative industries for 25 years.

    He’s designed for Marriott International, London 2012, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The FA, Scottish Government, Tottenham Hotspur, CBRE, ICI, BBC and Royal Mail to name but a few.

    Alan was a Design Director at Elmwood and a founder of their London Office. As Senior Group Creative Head at The Leith Agency in 2004 he founded Leithal Thinking the strategic brand element of the Cello Signal Group which subsequently became the international consultancy Human Innovation. He was also a member of the leadership team at the Leith Agency.

    His work has been published in Eye, Design Week, Creative Review and Dazed & Confused. The quality of his work has also been recognised with a range of industry awards from D&AD, New York Festivals, Clio, Design Effectiveness to Marketing Society Excellence Awards.

    Alan is spending the next twelve months dedicating his time to working in the voluntary sector working with a number of key charities and several think tanks – from MIT U:Lab to Cancer Patient and Mental Health Wellbeing, all on a voluntary basis. He is a Fellow of the RSA, and occasionally attempts to play football.


    Jonathan Sands OBE - Chairman of Elmwood

    Jonathan Sands OBE - Chairman of Elmwood

    Jonathan Sands OBE is Chairman of Elmwood, a leading brand design consultancy renowned for winning more DBA Design Effectiveness Awards than any other consultancy in the history of the scheme. Jonathan has been at the helm of Elmwood for 30 years and his work now takes him all over the world to clients including GSK, Loblaw, Tesco and Heineken to name but a few. 

    Originally based out of one office in Leeds, the consultancy has since opened offices in London, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Aside from his work at Elmwood, Jonathan is the former Chairman of the Design Business Association, a past member of the RSA Council and a past council member of the Design Council where he served for ten years and also chaired the Design Skills Advisory Panel. 

    Jonathan is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield who, in 2002, awarded him an honorary doctorate. In 2011, Jonathan was included in HRH The Queen’s New Year’s List of Honours for his outstanding services to the creative industries in addition to being listed in Design Week’s Hot 50, Packaging News’ Power Book and The Drum’s Power 100 as an influential figure in the design industry.


    Carol Whitworth - Founder / Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Home

    Carol Whitworth - Founder / Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Home

    Carol Whitworth is the founder of Home, an internal communications agency based in Bristol and New York. The brilliant work Carol and her team produce offers national and global clients ways to help the people they employ do their best work. 

    Carol started Home in 1981. As it grew, Carol had to carry out every role within the business, but now her role within the team is that of director of inspiration and innovation making sure that the ideas and the work are as inspiring as they can be. The agency was voted Number 2 in the Drum Design Census 2014. They work with Barclays, Land Rover, the Science Museum and Yahoo! 

    She is an extraordinary people person, and is regularly invited to speak at many internal communication conferences across the world. Apart from being a hugely respected member of the creative industry Carol has an immense talent and passion for creativity, a photographic memory, and a keen eye and ear for future trends. 

    When not spending her time in the office in Bristol, visiting clients, or dashing across the pond to New York, you can find her on stage (she’s played Glastonbury twice) singing lead vocals in her band of 30 years ‘Doreen Doreen’.


    Simon Manchipp - Founder, SomeOne

    Simon Manchipp - Founder, SomeOne

    Simon Manchipp is a British designer and brand consultant. In 2005 he founded alongside David Law & Gary Holt design studio SomeOne, now one of London’s most exciting, innovative and respected design and branding agencies.

    With a string of awards behind them (and no doubt many more in front), SomeOne launches, relaunches and protects brands world-wide; its work is based on smart strategic thinking. They work across sectors and across the world, for some of the world’s most exciting brands, bringing a passion and enthusiasm to their work that comes through in the work.

    As they say themselves, they do ‘branding not blanding’. They have produced outstanding work for Cancer Research UK, CBRE, UCI, Foundation for Jimmy, Thameslink, FastJet, Telefonica and the Garden Bridge.



    Matthew Shannon - Brash Brands

    Matthew Shannon - Brash Brands

    Matthew Shannon has worked for some of the most respected design studios in the UK.   He graduated from Kingston University before spending time at Atelier Works, Addison and MetaDesign’s London studio. He then worked for williams and phoa before joining SAS first as design director and then as creative director. He’s now at Brash Brands – a global brand identity agency that has worked with adidas, Armani, the BBC, Ford, and Burj Khalifa. He has written on the importance of internships and was at the heart of the SAS Scholarship Team. Matthew’s work has been the recipient of numerous accolades, and he has been a visiting lecturer at Chelsea, Falmouth and Norwich. 

  • The package

    The Package

    • Entrance to 4 Designers Conference 2018
    • Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Youth Hotel (hotel upgrades and additional nights are available at a supplement)
    • One free staff place for every 10 paying students on a twin room basis
    • No minimum group size 
    • Group Leader’s drinks reception
    • Services of the Events Team in London throughout your stay
    • Copy of our Safety Management System
  • Travel Options
    • 2 Night Youth Hostel Accommodation package

      Saturday 10 February - Monday 12 February 2018
      Saturday: Make your own way to London (Please contact us for rail prices). Rest of day free. Overnight in London.
      Sunday: A day of visiting galleries and museums. Overnight in London.
      Monday: 4 Designers conference. Make your own way home
    • 2 Night Hotel Accommodation package

      Saturday 10 February - Monday 12 February 2018
      Saturday: Make your own way to London (Please contact us for rail prices). Rest of day free. Overnight in London.
      Sunday: A day of visiting galleries and museums. Overnight in London.
      Monday: 4 Designers conference. Make your own way home
    • Student Delegate Fee

      Monday 12th February 2018
      An ideal option if you're already in London or within a short distance of the capital.
      Monday: Full Day Conference - £29pp
  • Places to stay
    • The Generator

      The Generator

      Rating: Youth Centre

      Only minutes away from Covent Garden and Leicester 4 to 8 bedded rooms - All rooms have wash basin, toilet and showers on each floor - Games room, restaurant & bar

    • london hyde park

      The Meininger London Hyde Park (Baden Powell House) - SUPPLEMENTS APPLY

      This youth hostel accommodation is of 3* hotel quality and is situated in South Kensington directly opposite the Natural History Museum. Students will be accommodated in multi bunk bedded rooms all with private facilities. 24 hour reception, coffee bar.

    • royal national hotel

      Royal National Hotel - SUPPLEMENTS APPLY

      Rating: 2 Star

      Conveniently located for public transport and a short walk from Oxford Street and Covent Garden 2 and 3 bedded rooms - All rooms have private facilities - Bar and restaurant.

Whilst in London you'll be spoilt for choice for places to visit-from the Design Museum to the V&A or the Tate Modern and Tate Britain to the National Gallery. Group Leaders often use the afternoons to arrange their own studio visits for their party. London is a center for educational excellence, not only will you get to attend the 4 Designers conference you will also get to experience the very famous heart of London.

Who is this for? 

4 Designers is specifically for Art & Design students. The conference complements studies in all of the following areas: 

       • Graphic Design

       • Product Design

       • Digital Design

       • Visual Arts

       • Photography

       • Typography

There is no minimum amount of students needed to book a course, so whether there is just a few students with a passion for design or many more we can assure you we will be able to plan you a brilliant time in London. 

You will get to spend a night in a London hotel, which in itself is a very exciting opportunity. Not all the fun is for the students though. group leaders can attend a very sociable drinks reception whilst in London. 

And of course you will attend the inspirational 4 Designers conference,  we believe this would be a brilliant experience for many young adults who could take many things away from the conference to then implement into their future. 

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