A month long maker festival celebrating the creative process from inspiration to making shit happen and sharing it with the world.

Bring together creative minds to collaborate, inspire, motivate and teach each other through hands-on talks, workshops and community initiatives.

To reignite our passion and connect with like-minded people and be empowered to use your creative superpowers for good.

3–26 May 2022
Tuesday evenings (6-7pm BST)
Wednesday lunches (1-2pm BST)
Thursday lunch & evening

Digital fairground filled with imagination and possibility. Where you create your avatar, explore the festival and have fun together.

PROGRAMME

Theme 1

INSPIRATION & IDEATION

Are you struggling with inspiration? Being a creative is hard, we get it. Between meetings and errands, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. We’re all wired differently and getting inspired in different ways as well, some seek the social calling and others prefer the solitude of a walk. This will be your chance to open your mind and get the ideas flowing.

Theme 2

GETTING SHIT DONE

Do you find the biggest hurdle stopping you from chasing your goals is yourself? Processes, hacks, tricks, systems, whatever you want to call it, this is the place to learn what works for you and when to say no.

Theme 3

SHARING & CARING

What’s holding you back from pressing publish? With the multiple ways we can share what we create, the hardest part isn’t exposure anymore. It’s having the courage to put ourselves out to be judged. Come learn how your heroes share their work and how to grow the spirit to get comfortable sharing your own work.

TALKS

Becoming a mindful creative

How mindfulness helps building creative confidence, build emotional intelligence, and manage mental health.

Stefano Bellucci Sessa  Innovation consultant and podcast-host @ Design, in Confidence

How to make developers fall in love with you

A practical guide to understanding how developers think and communicating more effectively. It will be love at first pixel going onwards.

Himesh Patel — UX Designer

Things that transform

Things That Transform is an effort to lend structure to what lies ahead. A helping hand and guide for our decisions and ideas.

Lucie Kim — Creative Director at MyOrb

Getting shit done while strengthening relationships

The new role of "Client Partnership Director" which combines getting shit done with building stronger relationships.

Michelle Dona — Client Partnership Director at Accept & Proceed

Evolve or die

Design is fluid and as designers we need to constantly evolve otherwise we can become detached from the industry.

Sami Izzet — Head of Creative at JBi Digital

Our collective agency on the future

As designers, if we are helping flawed systems through our work in any way, we are part of the problem rather than the solution. How can we reverse this?

Matthew Jones — Executive Creative Director at Accept & Proceed

The Modern Pin-Up

Open discussion about illustrating women and pin-up art today. Exploring themes like diversity, representation, body positivity, gender perspective.

Emily Theodore — Graphic Designer

Imagination prompts

Learn 8 things you can do during ideation sessions to help generate more, better and innovative ideas.

Chloe Poulter — Principal designer at Aveni

Creative process, Dream job & Failure

Find inspiration from everyday, land your dream job & recover from project mishaps.

MAMIMU — Graphic designer, artist and lecturer

The Creativity Creamery

How to be creative and generate ideas. Goodbye creative blocks.

Najma Toefy — Creative Communications Specialist at PwC

WORKSHOPS

How to share and build a brand using social media

Join Sinead Taylor to help create clarity on building a brand and sharing your work on social media. Together we will work through building your very own roadmap to make social media that little bit less confusing.

Sinead Taylor — Founder and brand designer of Sinead Taylor Design

Rye Here Rye Now x MakeFest

Connect with people in person (London) and online (MakeFest) with interesting conversation and creative activities.

Identifying Your Brand Values and Standing Out Online

People buy according to their values and beliefs. This workshop will help you create your brand values that will feed into all aspects of your marketing – from your website to social media and e-newsletters.

Find your creative superpower

Fun and collaborative workshop to discover your creative superpowers and help each other unleash them to the world.

Anton Wade — Founder of Design Calendar and Head of design at Habitual

Collage together

Roll up your creative sleeves and get stuck into this fun, experimental, collaborative, collage workshop.

Laura Bertinelli — Graphic designer at Paperchase

PechaKucha

Can you tell a story in 6 minutes and 40 seconds? Join PechaKucha London for this workshop where they will teach you how to create the perfect PechaKucha presentation.

Meaning behind the mark

How to express emotive feelings/words through mark making and the act of play.

Andy Judd — Freelance Creative | Lecturer | Workshop facilitator and founder of Playto.studio

How to share and build a brand using social media

Join Sinead Taylor to help create clarity on building a brand and sharing your work on social media. Together we will work through building your very own roadmap to make social media that little bit less confusing.

Sinead Taylor — Founder and brand designer of Sinead Taylor Design

Becoming a mindful creative

How mindfulness helps building creative confidence, build emotional intelligence, and manage mental health.

Stefano Bellucci Sessa  Innovation consultant and podcast-host @ Design, in Confidence

Rye Here Rye Now x MakeFest

Connect with people in person (London) and online (MakeFest) with interesting conversation and creative activities.

How to make developers fall in love with you

A practical guide to understanding how developers think and communicating more effectively. It will be love at first pixel going onwards.

Himesh Patel — UX Designer

Identifying Your Brand Values and Standing Out Online

People buy according to their values and beliefs. This workshop will help you create your brand values that will feed into all aspects of your marketing – from your website to social media and e-newsletters.

Things that transform

Things That Transform is an effort to lend structure to what lies ahead. A helping hand and guide for our decisions and ideas.

Lucie Kim — Creative Director at MyOrb

Find your creative superpower

Fun and collaborative workshop to discover your creative superpowers and help each other unleash them to the world.

Anton Wade — Founder of Design Calendar and Head of design at Habitual

Getting shit done while strengthening relationships

The new role of "Client Partnership Director" which combines getting shit done with building stronger relationships.

Michelle Dona — Client Partnership Director at Accept & Proceed

Evolve or die

Design is fluid and as designers we need to constantly evolve otherwise we can become detached from the industry.

Sami Izzet — Head of Creative at JBi Digital

Our collective agency on the future

As designers, if we are helping flawed systems through our work in any way, we are part of the problem rather than the solution. How can we reverse this?

Matthew Jones — Executive Creative Director at Accept & Proceed

The Modern Pin-Up

Open discussion about illustrating women and pin-up art today. Exploring themes like diversity, representation, body positivity, gender perspective.

Emily Theodore — Graphic Designer

Collage together

Roll up your creative sleeves and get stuck into this fun, experimental, collaborative, collage workshop.

Laura Bertinelli — Graphic designer at Paperchase

PechaKucha

Can you tell a story in 6 minutes and 40 seconds? Join PechaKucha London for this workshop where they will teach you how to create the perfect PechaKucha presentation.

Imagination prompts

Learn 8 things you can do during ideation sessions to help generate more, better and innovative ideas.

Chloe Poulter — Principal designer at Aveni

Creative process, Dream job & Failure

Find inspiration from everyday, land your dream job & recover from project mishaps.

MAMIMU — Graphic designer, artist and lecturer

Meaning behind the mark

How to express emotive feelings/words through mark making and the act of play.

Andy Judd — Freelance Creative | Lecturer | Workshop facilitator and founder of Playto.studio

The Creativity Creamery

How to be creative and generate ideas. Goodbye creative blocks.

Najma Toefy — Creative Communications Specialist at PwC

GET INVOLVED

We are looking for partners, speakers and collaborators to join our mission to connect, inspire and empower creatives to use their passion and talent for good.

PARTNER WITH US

Are you part of a creative community and want your event to be part of MakeFest?

SUBMIT AN IDEA

Have an idea for a talk, initiative or workshop that will inspire and motivate your fellow creatives?

COLLABORATE

Would you like to join our small team of volunteers to use your creative skills for good?

GET TICKETS

Tickets are £59 and include 1 year membership on our community platform.

Tickets are free for all partners, speakers, collaborators and existing community members.

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