Designival headliners announced

Designival headliners announced

Lance Wyman, the New York-based designer behind the iconic Mexico ’68 Olympic logo, is to be the keynote speaker at Designival – the North’s biggest design festival.

Wyman’s iconic work for the Olympics is still widely revered as the best and most famous piece of logo design in Olympic history. The 74-year old, described by The Washington Post as a “rock star” of graphic arts, has designed a wealth of memorable icons, signage and branding. After the Olympics, he stayed in Mexico City for four years, creating graphic programs for the Mexico City Metro and Mexico 70 FIFA World Cup – adopting a similar op-art style.

His stylised route map for the Washington Metro became renowned (a piece of work he revisited and redesigned only this year). Wyman was once again in the news in 2008, when he created a poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Joining Wyman on the stage is Simon Manchipp, the out-spoken founder of the award-winning London-based agency, SomeOne. Manchipp has worked for an enviable list of high profile brands, including Sky Sports, O2, Royal Opera House, Eurostar, Tottenham Hotspur and of course the iconic sports pictograms for the London 2012 Olympics.

“This is the biggest and best event we’ve held to date. It marks a significant shift. This is a celebration of the best, most innovative, most celebrated design across the world, and its now a multifaceted festival with fringe events, pop up shops, exhibitions and masterclasses” said Nick Howe, Managing Director of Uniform.

“We’re delighted that Lance is able to fly in from New York to join us, and that Simon will be able to share his strong views on stage. These are two of the most celebrated men in the industry,” said Alex Frech, Director of Black and Ginger.

“It’s fantastic that we’re able to bring such a prestigious event to the city. We’ve already demonstrated the appetite for a strong design event in Liverpool with the Design Symposium, but this exciting new format sets us in a new direction.  It really embraces the city and its creative spirit,” said Simon Rhodes, Director of Smiling Wolf.