Glowing Review of Dundee’s First Design Festival by

An international design magazine specialising in sharing stories of design excellence from around the world, has dedicated a 10 page feature to Dundee, a UNESCO City of Design, following a visit to the city for the first Design Festival held in May 2016.

The article, entitled “Something In The City” acknowledges Dundee’s unique UNESCO City of Design title and refers to the city’s “inventiveness, resilience and spirit” describing Dundee as a “city that has a hell of a story to tell about the role of design and inventiveness in its own history.”

In between time spent at the Design Festival, London based design journalist Veronica Simpson visited many of Dundee’s architectural landmarks, attended Duncan of Jordanstone’s College of Art & Design graduate degree show, took part in Pecha Kucha organised by Creative Dundee and paid a visit to Frank Gehry’s “mold-breaking design” for ‘Maggie’s Centre’ situated in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital.

Along with an insight into the Kengo Kuma designed ‘V&A Museum of Design Dundee’ opening in 2018, the feature shines an architectural spotlight on High Mill at Verdant Works, Shed 25 at City Quay, Fleet Collective, Harris Academy and Dundee House.

The article makes reference to Dundee’s thriving native design industry fed by design schools and research centres, and practicing groups of creators and designers and concludes “spending time in Dundee during the Design Festival, a clever layering of events combined to demonstrate a critical mass of culture, cannot fail to impress the interested visitor.”

Please take a read of this fascinating feature and follow @designdundee for updates from the team at Dundee UNESCO City of Design.