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Design Leaders Conference 2024

Thursday, February 1st 9:45am-5pm (Registration from 9am - Reception afterwards)
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Light House Cinema
Market Street South
D07 R6YE Dublin 7

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Member Early Bird: €295
Non-Member Early Bird: €359
Early Bird Member Team of 3 - €805.35: €268.45
Early bird Non-Member Team of 3 - €980.07: €326.69
New Year Offer Member: €315
New Year Offer Non-Member: €379
New Year Offer Member Team of 3 €879: €293
New Year Offer Non-Member Team of 3 €1,034.67: €344.89
Member Standard: €349
Non-Member Standard: €399
Standard Member Team of 3 - €952.77: €317.59
Standard Non-Member Team of 3 - €1,089.27: €363.09
Member Late Bird: €425
Non-Member Late Bird: €475
Late Bird Member Team of 3 - €1,160.25: €386.75
Late Bird Non-Member Team of 3 - €1,296.75: €432.25


Design Leaders Conference

Inspiring Today, Transforming Tomorrow

A full-day conference with international thought leaders exploring design; process, practice and culture.  


Time to be inspired, reflect and recharge your career and your business.

Join us for Design Leaders Conference 2024 on Thursday, 1st February 2024.

Light House Cinema, Dublin


Coffee, Pastries & Registration from 9am.

Event will be followed by drinks to continue the discussion.

Don’t miss the chance to invest time away from the day-to-day for a day of inspiring talks and insightful in-person discussions and debates with creative peers, thought leaders and industry experts.

Design Leaders Conference 2024 will be back for a full-day in-person event to recharge agency owners, design and creative directors, design and account managers, in-house design and creative leads, and anyone who leads a design team or a successful creative studio – as well as energising any emerging leaders aspiring to lead design into the future.



Hear David McRedmond, Chief Executive Officer of An Post, in conversation with Darrell Kavanagh of Image Now, as they explore together how brand and design is helping drive change and success for An Post and how their close Client/Designer creative leadership fits into An Post’s ambition to be a positive force in Irish society for generations to come.

Gain insights from thought-provoking speakers Tom Greever, Author of ‘Articulating Design Decisions‘;  Richard Shotton, Author of ‘The Choice Factory‘ and “The Illusion of Choice”; Ade Chong, award-winning Creative Director and Founder of Studio Chong, whose clients include Google, Beefeater, Nature Valley, Volvic, London Northwestern Railway and McMiller Toys & Games; and world-renowned graphic designer and AGI member Rejane Dal Bello, founder of Studio Rejane Dal Bello and author of ‘Citizen First, Designer Second’.

Alongside with with subject-matter panelists, they will discuss every hot topic in Design Leadership from future trends, making brave decisions, design for the planet, applying behavioural bias, articulating the value of design, challenging the norm, your clients and the Design Industry; driving change and carving out new opportunities.

More more information on the Design Leaders Conference 2024 speakers. More to be announced.


At its best, Design is about a hunger for and the creation of the new and the better. It is a distinct act of leadership requiring vision, courage, and the ability to bring others with you.

The Design Leaders Conference will explore how we bring leadership to the work itself, to our clients and stakeholders and to the teams we lead and collaborate with.


Join us to hear and challenge our fantastic lineup of energetic, inspiring and thought-provoking speakers leading the charge in Design Leadership on both the international and local scene.

🟥 Get inspired by our subject-matters experts’ unique perspective on Design, the Act of Leadership.


🟥 Hear directly from well-established clients what they want and value in the client/designer relationships.


🟥 Challenge your thinking around how to lead for growth and develop successful, enduring creative teams.


🔺 Come away with clear ideas and practical and actionable takeaways.


🔺 Participate in lively discussions, both on and off the stage, that get to the heart of what really matters in the work that we do.


🔺 Meet your peers and forge long-lasting connections.


What’s in store for this year?

Learn From Industry Leaders:

This year, hear thought leaders deliver inspiring industry-focused talks ranging from overcoming key challenges of managing design, defining and honing your leadership style, to the future of our work, instilling new strategic thinking in your business or unlocking opportunities for you, your team and clients.


Future Focus lens:

Accelerated disruptions are a catalyst for change. New issues demand fresh perspectives and present new opportunities. Armed with the latest real-world insights from our subject-matter experts, we will discuss topics that transcend creative sectors and matter most today and, crucially, tomorrow and explore how to make a difference.


Design Leadership:

Embrace the requirement and responsibility for design to lead and initiate meaningful change, capture the thinking and know-how to navigate crucial turning points for design and business as we strive to create a sustainable future, while still delivering innovation and value for clients.


Heighten Your Capabilities:

Take a deep dive into the topics that pose the greatest challenges for design and creative business owners, directors, partners and managers who lead design teams and run successful creative studios. Speakers will ensure you embrace the future with new tools, renewed confidence, excitement about new possibilities and ready to innovate.


Connect & Share:

Have your say and join the discussions. It’s an inspiring and engaging community event with the chance to build your network, and a fully packed day of opportunity to get exposed to new ideas, strategies and ways forward and to learn up-to-date industry trends and best practice from peers and speakers alike.


Who should attend?

Key stakeholders and decision-makers – agency owners, design and creative directors, design and account managers, leaders of in-house design and creative teams and any emerging leader who leads or aspires to lead a design team or a successful creative studio into the future or manage design as a strategic resource.  



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“It gave me time out to think about my business”

Mary Doherty, Red Dog

“The best conference for meeting fellow designers and connecting with peers”

Bobby Comerford, Catapult

“An opportunity to benchmark my thinking on design as a profession”

Stephen McGilloway, Bigsmall Design

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