Welcome to Design Your Career

Want to starting selling your craft online? Need help promoting your creative business through social media? Want to turn your craft into your business?

Design Your Career is a one-stop-shop, designed to assist you in establishing your own creative enterprise.

Our conferences, workshops and seminars offer essential guidance and inspiration ideal for budding designers, crafters, photographers, illustrators and other individuals with a creative flare.

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Each event is jam-packed with experienced professionals, networking break-out groups, the chance to gain essential skills through practical demonstrations and get some insider tips. Alongside local and national speakers from the world of craft and design, retailers, copywriters, agents, accountants, branding experts, designers, social networkers, bloggers, and web designers will all be on hand to offer an insight into what makes their tills tick.

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Previous speakers and workshop facilitators at our events have included Wayne Hemingway, Elvis & Kresse, The Design Trust, Notonthehighstreet, Create A Craft Business, Seek & Adore, Laura Thomas and many more.

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Conferences & Lectures

New Designers: The Design Trust Start-Up Day

June 30th, 2016
Lecture: Marketing yourself as a creative freelancer (listen here)

Plymouth College of Art

FEB 16th, 2016
Lecture: Starting a freelance creative career

Plymouth College of Art

FEB 4th, 2016
Lecture: Building a career in the creative industries

I’m a Creative – Plymouth College of Art

Feb 2nd, 2016
Lecture: Essential Steps to Freelancing

LCC Graduate School Festival

DEC 11th, 2015
Lecture: How to freelance

New Designers

June, 25th, 2015, London
Lecture: The Freelance Route

LCC Career Workshop

May 13th, 2015
Lecture: The Freelance Route

Design Your Career

March 14th, 2015, Craft Central, London
Lecture: Marketing & Promotion

Design Your Career

March 27th 2015, By The Sea, Bournemouth
Lecture: Intellectual Property
Lecture: Entrepreneurship

LCF Artsmart workshop

March 10th, 2015, London
Lecture: The Freelance Route

LCF Artsmart workshop

June 23rd/24th, 2014, London
Workshop: CV Advice
Workshop: Career Advice

Insight & Inspiration Roadshow, hosted at the Accelerator London (London Metropolitan University)

June 12th, 2014, London
Lecture: Starting out – Buddy & Design Your Career

LCF Artsmart workshop

June 17th, 2013, London
Workshop: CV Advice

Who Needs Copywriters?

April 19th, 2013,Bournemouth
Lecture: Three Short Words

Event Organisation & Management

Design Your Career

March 27th, 2015, By The Sea, Bournemouth
Speakers included: Sarah Thelwall, Mark Masters, Stephanie Carswell &Marion Gillet.

Design Your Career

March 14th, 2015, Craft Central, London
Speakers included: Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust, Cheryl Adamson, Sian Meades & Sarah Hamilton.

Design Your Career

October 19th, 2013, Ideastap, London
Speakers included: Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust, South West Artworks, Perri Lewis of Mastered, The ID Group, Notonthehighstreet.com,Dan Goode of Seek&Adore, Sarah James of The Contemporary Craft Festival,Clare Yarwood-White of Create a Craft Business & Z Sinclair,

Design Your Career

February 2nd, 2013, Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth
Speakers included: Wayne Hemingway, Kresse Wesling of Elvis & KressePatricia van den Akker, The ID Group, Notonthehighstreet.com, Laura Thomas, Seek&Adore, South West Artworks & Joanne Dewberry.

Craft, Coffee & Cupcakes pop-up shops

October 12th, 2013, Bournemouth
October 11th & 18th, 2012, Bournemouth

Show & Tell pop-up shop

July 29th & 31st, 2011, Bournemouth


Interview with Meet the Makers

Craft a craft business: Design Your Career round up part 1

Craft a craft business: Design Your Career round up part 2

Design Your Career event article at Joannedewberry.co.uk

Neil & Sarah’s tips for selling online via Mollie Makes

An interview with Create a Craft Business

Portfolio presentation with Ideastap

Design Your Career event piece in Craft Mag