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It’s Time To Think Differently About Design

This years Cheltenham Design Festival is shaping up to be a truly unique event, and totally different to the previous festivals. This year delegates will get fully immersed in the world of design, so you can be exposed to new areas of thinking, innovation and process with actionable advice and inspiration from the most diverse […]

Posted 6th Oct 2019
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Why Creativity Is So Important

Creativity is one of the most important characteristics of being human. Our ability to think creatively makes us totally unique as a species and can offer enormous rewards to us individually and in our wider communities. Courtney Carver explains why it’s important to be creative: 1. Creativity Predicts A Longer Life In this Scientific American […]

Posted 2nd Oct 2019
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How Can Design Make Us Happier?

Back at the 2014 festival we asked this question – Does good design make us happy? As I remember it, the great Neville Brody, David Constantine, Sir John Hegarty, Deyan Sudjic and the lovely Fi Glover concluded that yes, good design does have the potential to make us happy, (after a lengthy debate around what […]

Posted 30th Sep 2019
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Free Events For Students

The Cheltenham Design Foundation and the University of Gloucestershires are coming together to offer a free event for students and anyone looking to start to a creative course on Sunday 3rd November as part of the Cheltenham Design Festival. In partnership with the University of Gloucestershire’s Your Future Plan programme, the event offers a unique […]

Posted 28th Sep 2019
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Unlocking The Possibilities Of Design

The Cheltenham Design Academy class of 2019 is starting this October, for a 20 week programme that will open up the possibilities of design to 12-16 year olds. The Cheltenham Design Foundation, founded in 2009 by a group of professionals living and working in Gloucestershire, established the Cheltenham Design Academy to help young people find […]

Posted 28th Sep 2019
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TED Talk Tuesday

At the Design Foundation HQ the team sit down every Tuesday at 11am to watch a TED talk; we call it ‘TED talk Tuesday’. It gets us thinking and talking about different things, opens our minds a bit more and gives us a well deserved break from our screens. This week Georgina picked a talk […]

Posted 24th Sep 2019
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5 Colourful Histories with Kassia St Clair

Writer Kassia St Clair is a freelance journalist and author of top-ten bestseller The Secret Lives of Colour. Based in London, Kassia has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Woman’s Hour, Monocle 24, BBC Radio 5 Live and CNN. Her features, interviews, essays and reviews, covering design and culture, have appeared in publications including […]

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You Have The Same 24 Hours As Gavin Strange

By day Gavin is a Director and Designer for the world famous, four times Academy Award winning animation studio, Aardman Animations, creators of film and TV favourites Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts, Chicken Run and many more. By night, Gavin’s a passion project pursuer going under the alias of JamFactory where he […]

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A Design Project to Celebrate Local Creative Talent 

Future designers from the University of Gloucestershire got a rare opportunity to work alongside some of the county’s leading creatives in a unique design challenge set by the Cheltenham Design Foundation to celebrate our upcoming Design Festival. To mark the return of the Cheltenham Design Festival and this year’s theme of “How design can bring […]

Posted 10th Aug 2019
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Catherine Greig Collaborating with Communities

Catherine launched make:good in 2009, a small but powerful architect and design studio based in London that puts people at the heart of community change. Make:good collaborates with a whole community on the future of their local area and its built environment.  With a team of 8 designers (including Cotton the rather gorgeous westie) they […]

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