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Neurodiversity in the City at DM16

26th September, 2016

Over the past few months we’ve been preparing for a very exciting event as part of Design Manchester 2016 in collaboration with BBC CAPE and Hyper Island and we are now ready to let you know all the details...

This year's Design Manchester festival (DM16) is celebrating the part design plays in making Manchester and other cities great to live in. Inclusivity and accessibility for all is a big part of this, so our recent work with the BBC CAPE team was a perfect opportunity to explore this. 


Celebrating neurodiversity

24th August, 2016

Over the last few months we’ve been working with the BBC to develop the visual identity for project CAPE (Creative a Positive Environment) – a brand new diversity initiative that aims to raise awareness of the positive role neurodiversity can have in the workplace. As part of this, we were delighted to be invited along to the BBC’s recent Connecting The Dots event at New Broadcasting House, London. This was the first public presentation of the project and it was fantastic to see our work up in lights for the first time at the event.

Originally coined by a scientist in the 1980s, neurodiversity refers to the range of neurological differences experienced by people with ‘conditions’ such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Premier League Predictor

BBC Sport Predictor returns for the Premier League

12th August, 2016

We’ve been missing football fever here at mN since Euro 2016 ended last month, but luckily for us the Premier League season is about to start! We’re really excited about this and not just to support our favourite team…

The response to our Euro 2016 Predictor was overwhelming and because of its success we are very happy to announce we’ve worked once again with BBC Sport, this time to produce a Premier League Predictor.

Design Manchester group

In conversation with Design Manchester: partnerships & DM16

10th August, 2016

“Design thinking is the key to making the best of the emerging digital world”

As an official supporter of DM 16, we’re excited to see that this year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever. In the months running up to DM 16 (12-23rd October), we’ll be sharing a series of articles sharing the story behind the festival.

In our first piece the Design Manchester team discussed the impact of Brexit on the creative industries and the steps that need to be taken to ensure we continue to innovate and grow.

In the second part of our series, we chat to them about the importance of collaboration and partnerships for Design Manchester and this year’s festival.

DM Brexit 1

In conversation with Design Manchester: Brexit & the creative industries

28th July, 2016

“Now is the time to do something.”

Malcolm Garrett, Design Manchester co-founder and creative director at Images&Co, could be talking about a new city-wide initiative here, but he’s not. He’s talking about the fallout from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Malcolm reflected on the result in a chat with us, and he had plenty to say. 

“You’ll have seen that I wrote a tweet immediately saying that now is the time more than ever for creative industries to actually stand up and do something,” he says. “It’s all our responsibility. That has been the most re-tweeted of our tweets so we know there is an appetite for the creative industries in Manchester, or the followers of Design Manchester because let’s not forget Design Manchester was always about balancing the UK. It’s as important to London as it is to Manchester and the North.”