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Conversations in Creativity: Kevin Darton

Ahead of our of Design Disrupters screening & Q&A discover more about host, Dave Kirkwood's creative inspirations

Dave Kirkwood founded his art and design practice, DaveKirkwoodStudio, in 2007. Alongside Dave's client work he develops experimental working models for generating unique solutions to core brand visual communications problems.

Dave's commercial work is underpinned by a body of self-initiated projects and stimulated by the teaching they undertake. Previous projects include 3hundredand65 – a graphic novel created on twitter in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

What was your first memory of creativity?
Winning a competition to design a logo device for the Whitehaven Amateur Operatic Society at the age of 10.

What was your creative journey to get to where you are?
Foundation Course in Carlisle, Degree in Preston, practice in London and Manchester and Post Grad Teaching Certificate.

What impact have big name clients had on your career?
It helps your reputation and recommendations that come from ‘C’ level can’t be beaten.

How do you establish your own style over a period of time and still stay relevant?
That isn’t relevant to me. My work at the marketing end of communications and branding means I have had to adapt. This question is timely because I am right in the middle of a process that will establish my own fiercely independent and uncompromisingly individual practice.

Does your work/process develop thematically, or is it more distinctive and random?
Process is structured, challenge and content random depending upon the client, outcomes targeted project by project.

What/Who has been the biggest influence on your work?
My clients – unfortunately.

What inspires you or provokes the motivation towards creativity within?
I have always believed that design is ‘change for the better’.

Which artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
Rick Bartow, Cecily Brown, Paula Rego, Ted Hughes, Alice Oswald,  Fritz Scholder, Hamish Muir, Simon Browning, Moving Brands, Vim Crouwel, Peter Doig, Sauerkids, FIELD io, Taylor Dupree.

What is it you love most about what you do?
Getting paid to use my imagination and switching people on to the power of design.

Dave will be taking part in a Conversations in Creativity panel proceeding a special screeing of Design Disrupters as part of UCLan School of Art, Design & Fashion 7th Conference Week - more details below:

Conversations in Creativity: DESIGN DISRUPTORS

A film aboutthe true nature of design and the design-driven business revolutions being shaped around the world through the designers eyes.

Screening followed by industry Q&A 

Dave Kirkwood: Host
Keith Noble:
Kevin Darton: UCLan

Natasha Sandoval: Scandit 

6-9.30pm (Screening: 6.30pm)

Thursday 15 February - The Arts Space - New Continental, Preston


Join us for an exclusive screening of the InVision-produced documentary DESIGN DISRUPTORS, brought to you as part of UCLan School of Art, Design & Fashion 7th Conference Week in association with Creative Lancashire & Forepoint.

DESIGN DISRUPTORS reveals a never-before-seen perspective on the design approaches of 15+ industry-shaking companies, and how they’re using the power of design to disrupt billion dollar industries.

Grab a drink, some movie treats, and be first to see the film. Then take part in the Q&A discussion with our expert panel representing Forepoint, Creative Lancashire and UCLan, plus special guest  Natasha Sandoval, Vice President of Marketing for Scandit, an international technologies company. Read the Forepoint Blog


The DESIGN DISRUPTORS screening and Q&A are FREE to attend but registration is essential via the Eventbrite Page. Seating is limited—reserve your seat today!

The event is supported by UCLAN Innovation Zone.