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London Design Festival, 15 - 23 September 2018

Bankside Design District is back for LDF and this year’s programme celebrates Bankside’s creative diversity and features a strong theme of typography that won’t disappoint font fans.
Josephine Clarke
Marketing Manager
  • Better Letters
  • designjunction
  • Type Tasting

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city from 15-23 September 2018 and Bankside will once again be an official design district.

Putting south London design on the map, Bankside Design District runs east to west along the Thames from Borough Market to Oxo Tower Wharf. Home to galleries, design studios, creative agencies and architects’ practices, this year’s programme celebrates Bankside’s creative diversity and features a strong theme of typography that won’t disappoint font fans and type geeks.

Check out the programme highlights below and keep an eye out for special activity for the Bankside Late on Wednesday 19 September:

The Independent State of Bankside | 15 - 23 September 
Bankside is marking its independent spirit for the festival with a rebellious flag installation from leading names in the art and design community. In collaboration with NB Studio, Better Bankside will present the 60 flags at Borough Market's Jubilee Place. Following the festival, Bankside will continue to display the flags throughout the area. Want to hang one outside your office? Find out more here.

Better Bankside will also host a lively panel debate for the Bankside Late on Wednesday 19 September exploring the importance of authenticity in place making at Fora. Featuring leaders from Bankside’s and London’s entrepreneurial, creative and cultural community, the panel will raise the key questions facing business leaders, designers and place-makers who benefit from and invest in creative clusters. Find out more here.

Better Letters: signwriting workshops and screening | 19, 22 - 23 September 
Take a crash course in hand lettering at Better Letters’ sign painting school with US legend Mike Meyer in Borough Market from 22 - 23 September. Ideal for beginners, the session will allow attendees to get their first taste of setting out and painting lettering with a brush.

Better Letters also present a free triple bill screening profiling retired signwriters and their lives in the trade for the Bankside Late on 19 September at Jerwood Space. When Better Letters met... is a celebration of three notable signwriters whilst exploring where the craft has come from as it finds itself in resurgence today.

Wine, Gin & Type Tastings | 18, 19, 22 September 
Sign up to two new immersive Type Tasting events presented by author Sarah Hyndman; WINE, TYPE & CULTURE and GIN & TYPE TASTING. Find out how the stories of gin and fonts are inextricably entwined or take a time travelling tasting journey through type and wine which explores dramatic moments in history that put typography right on the front line of revolutions and social change. Expect plenty of games and activities, along with a delicious selection of superb wines and gins. Tickets £40 - book at

designjunction | 20 - 23 September 
A first for Bankside Design District, leading interior design show, designjunction will take over Oxo Tower Wharf and surrounding areas from 20-23 September with a specially curated programme of exhibitions, installations, retail experiences, talks and workshops across three key locations, including outdoor installations on the Riverside Walkway. Tickets £16 and Better Bankside businesses can enjoy 50% off by registering here.

Tate Edit: Six London Makers | 15 - 23 September 
Tate Edit has invited six London-based makers to showcase their work for a special display and programme of events. The ceramicists Ben Davies, Pip Hartle and Mizuyo Yamashita, the designer Tomoko Azumi, the jeweller SKD London, and the ceramicist and jeweller Sarah Perry, create beautiful work that is thought-provoking, functional and unique.

Graffiti Wall - Revolution! Why Bother? | 22 - 23 September 
Multidisciplinary artist and print designer Sara Abdalla works with type, relief printing and collage to communicate the narrative. Abdalla has created a Graffiti Wall installation at Southwark Cathedral that invites people to leave messages and illustrate their ideas for a better world. These recordings will be compiled to document the thoughts, ideas and questions about the world in 2018. Find Revolution! Why Bother? in Lancelot’s Link from 22 - 23 September.

#Better Air Sensory Connections | 17, 18, 19 September 
Better Bankside and Team London Bridge, working with the Museum of Walking introduce #BetterAir Sensory Connections - three free participatory 'walkshops' that will enable participants to explore different hidden and verdant spaces and tranquil routes either side of Borough of High Street through the senses of sight, sound and touch.  All materials provided - sessions are available on 17, 18, 19 September. Book a spot here.

Sustainable Design, Inspiring Workspaces | 17 - 21 September 
Step into Sustainable Workspaces, a unique coworking space creating an ecosystem of sustainable entrepreneurs and pioneers.Peak into the warehouse turned coworking space, offering a variety of work areas including the Landsec Lab, an experiment in modifiable workspaces. Get up close and understand the drive behind some of the ground-breaking, beautifully designed products created by the members of this great community. Meet; Plumen, Envirobuild, Biohm, Gartenzwerg, Buy Me Once, Landsec, Thirdway and more. Taste; Toast Ale, Extract Coffee and Nix and Kix. Also join them for a Bankside Late party on 19 September - register to attend here.

Find out more about this year's Bankside Design District programme at or follow @BanksideDesign on twitter.




Created Aug 20 2018