Brixton youth design trail launches

Flo Fairweather and Oscar Taylor explain how young people will be involved
Flo Fairweather and Oscar Taylor explaining how young people will be involved at the launch of Brixton Design Trail

Brixton Design Trail has launched its youth programme – a collection of 11 events including four design competitions created by and for local 16-25 year olds.

The design challenges are open to young creatives of all disciplines in South London and further afield.

The aim is to celebrate the creativity of young people, to provide them with platforms for their skills and to explore the question:

“In our rapidly changing city, how can design be used to imagine and shape its future?”

The events and briefs have been created in collaboration with Brixton-based creatives including brand designers Studio Moross; font design studio Dalton Maag; co-operative workshop Remakery; design collective Look and Yes, makers of the documentary  Made You Look; youth enterprise Hustlebucks; Lambeth council; and the Brixton Pound.

As well as realising live projects during the London Design Festival, competition ideas will be published via an online digital showcase.

Details on all the briefs, workshops and installation are below

Competition Briefs

All’s Gold – The Remakery

Want 16-25 year olds to come up with a design idea re-visioning waste, submitted through a 90 second video pitch. Entries will be judged by Turner Prize winning collective Assemble and the Remakery directors.


Brixton Pound open-source fashion challenge

Challenge inviting young designers to develop their next range of merchandise based on the award-winning Brixton Pound note designs. The best will go into production to be retailed across London.


Brixton Type – Dalton Maag

A challenge to create the word Brixton from type found in the local area. The best designs will be printed into a one-off set of postcards and win vouchers from Magma and the London Graphic Centre.


POWER – Lambeth Council

Inviting young artists to take over the hoardings around Lambeth Town Hall. Artists are asked to make the word POWER big and beautiful. Five winners will be printed on the 40m x 2m hoarding.


Workshops and Installations

Studio Moross x Philip Normal: T-shirt Print Workshop – Studio Moross is inviting 16-25 year olds to come to their studio and create custom t-shirt prints inspired by the musical history of Brixton.

Experimental Typography Workshop by Dalton Maag – join typographic studio Dalton Maag for an exploration of 3D type design with unexpected materials and create a hand printed Brixton poster to take home.

Lansdowne School Poster Project – Keep an eye out on the streets of Brixton for the posters designed in collaboration with BYDT and the year 10 children at local special educational needs school Lansdowne.

Educating local engineers – South Bank UTC
Educating local engineers – South Bank UTC

Educating Local Engineers – Hear first-hand how and why South Bank Engineering University Technical College – which opens in Brixton next month –  is disrupting the traditional model of education. There will be an opportunity to see exhibits of robotically produced 3D models and bamboo bikes and a mural designed on the theme of rebellious engineering.

Rebel Space – A structure, a platform and a perspective. Through physical design and social interaction this interdisciplinary project will explore the informal and the improvised in our “urban age”.

Windows of Brixton – A youth takeover of visible retail window spaces and interesting areas on and around Brixton High Street.

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