OFFSET is coming to Sheffield

OFFSET is coming to Sheffield

After a successful UK launch last November in London, design and creative industry conference OFFSET has announced a Northern edition.

Arriving in Sheffield this October at the Crucible Theatre, OFFSET will welcome key disruptors and influencers across the sector, who will share personal projects and give audiences an insight into their practices and experiences.

With 2,500 attendees to its Dublin event each year, OFFSET has hosted big creative players including Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Marian Bantjes, Stefan Sagmeister, Micheal Bierut, Morag Myerscough, Shepard Fairey, Emily Oberman, 4Creative, Tomi Ungerer, JR, Lance Wyman, Neville Brody, George Lois and Louise Fili.

The two day event in Sheffield will represent industry at all levels, and feature as part of the Sheffield Festival of Creativity, as well as a key element in Sheffield’s Design Week.

Speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Legendary designer and publisher, Ben Bos
  • Creative director of ABOUND + ABOUND, Alan Abound
  • Designer and director Shane Griffin
  • USA-born director Aaron Duffy
  • Illustrator Laura Carlin
  • Design director of Lego Starwars, Jens Kronvold Frederiksen
  • Group creative directors of Droga5,Alexander Nowak and  Felix Richter
  • Designer and art director Marta Veludo
  • Independent, global creative company Moving Brands UK
  • Creative studio MPX, the visual effects team behind the John Lewis Christmas advert
  • Graphic design team Pentagram – Hudson-Powell
  • Husband-and-wife co-creators of The Creativity Hub
  • Illustrator Steve Simpson
  • Graphic designer Ian Anderson
  • Graphic design studio Laucke Siebein


The events offer a programme including exhibitions, workshops, talks, design conferences, installations, product launches, open studios and walking trails joining together venues across Sheffield.

MADE NORTH will be partnering with the event, with BQ acting as a media partner.

The collaboration between OFFSET and MADE NORTH aims at showcasing the best of Northern Design.

OFFSET joint creative director, Bren Byrne, said: “Offering our audience insights into new innovations in both practice and thinking in the Design space is at the core of what we aim to provide.

“Not only has Sheffield an incredible Design legacy but also they are at the forefront of a very exciting international movement that recognises the importance of Creativity and Design to the future success of a contemporary city. We are delighted to be bringing OFFSET to Sheffield as our new UK home.”

Sally Wade, head of Sheffield Institute of Arts  at Sheffield Hallam University, lead sponsor of the conference, added: “We are delighted to support OFFSET coming to our city and it’s a testament to the strength of design and, more broadly, the creative industries in Sheffield. 

“OFFSET will be one of the marquee events of our Catalyst Festival of Creativity. It is also a great opportunity for students and design professionals to see internationally renowned speakers discuss their work. Our students have always found Offset events to be highly inspirational.

“We look forward to showing everyone involved what Sheffield has to offer."



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