Design Initiative presented the inaugural Manchester Design Symposium on Wednesday 23 March 2011, bringing the design world to the city with presentations from leading thinkers and practitioners focusing on the role and value of design across a range of mediums - including graphic design, typography, illustration and branding.

In this introduction the Symposium Chair, Professor David Crow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for internal communications and Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, introduces the theme and the day's speakers.

Manchester Design Symposium was developed by Design Initiative and Independent Northern Creatives in partnership with Manchester City Council, the Design Council and Manchester Metropolitan University.

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