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London Design Festival at the V&A Museum
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Now in its tenth year, the London Design Festival is the most important of its kind in the world. It is made up of over three hundred events and exhibitions, and covers everything from the architectural, technological, and fashionable.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is just one of the organisations participating in the nine-day fest, but it has so much going on, you could spend your entire time at this venue alone.

From the 14th - 22nd September, participate in workshops, listen in on talks, and admire fascinating installations. Displays include St Mungo's Woodwork Project, a voice activated White Noise Machine, a Wind Portal made up of five thousand paper windmills, and many more.


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Type Tasting
14th & 15th September, 10am-5pm, Free

We are presented with a list load of different fonts to choose from in Word documents and for PowerPoint presentations, and it is amazing the impact they can have on the reader. The meaning or interpretation of a word can be radically altered simply by the type face used. Find out more about the appearance of a word can change our attitude towards it.

Playing With Your Food
17th September, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-4pm, 20-25

Learn about the history of food while getting creative at the same time. There will be edible paint-by-numbers and an ancient Egyptian chocolate funeral cake.

19th September, 10.30am-4.30pm, 50.50-63

Make your own screw-bound book, and decorate the cover with vintage map designs.

How Nature Would Design a Car in a Day
20th September, 9am, 8-10 (morning), 90-120 (full day)

A twelve hour workshop by Green Car Design. The online magazine works on bringing the world eco vehicle designs.


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Digital Hub
14th-20th September, Free

Drop in and share your thoughts with design bloggers and join in a series of talks,

Moleskine Sketch Relay
14th September, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Free

Designers from across London have contributed to a moleskin sketchbook, and will be discussing relevance of drawing in the digital age.

Arts Thread
14th September, 3pm, Free

A discussion for young people about the importance of having a portfolio of work online.

Materials Moulded by the Environment
17th & 20th September, 4pm, Free

Finnish architects Aarti, Ollila, & Ristola discuss the materials they used for their commissioned work Viewpoint.

ALESSI Made in Crusinallo
18th September, 2.15pm, Free

The Alessi company talk about the Italian design industry.

18th September, 2pm-3pm, Free

A talk and tour of V&A's ceramics galleries.

Rewarding Social Design
20th September, 6pm, Free

INDEX discuss their mission to 'Inspire, Educate and Engage people in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges.'

Department of Seaweed
20th September, 6.30pm, Free

Julia Lohmann explains how she makes sustainable objects with kelp.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 14th-22nd Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7907 7073
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cost: Free - 63
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