Inspiring Today, Transforming Tomorrow

26 January 2023
Light House Cinema, Dublin

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Design Leaders Conference


As designers - and design leaders - we have the opportunity and urgent responsibility to impact the world for good. We have the power - and crucially, the vision and the skills to work with others to create a better and a JOYful* future. This year’s Design Leaders Conference is all about exploring together how we do this - together.

This Design Leaders Conference aims to help each of us, as design leaders, to reconnect with our original ambition and motivations and to harness these as a powerful force for change both personally and professionally. Returning to our core values will guide the teams we lead and will drive the originality and quality of work we do for our clients and for our impact on the future.

Join us at the Design Leaders Conference to discuss Designing for Good, Designing for JOY and changing the World.

*Run this year as part of JOY, to celebrate 50 years of Design Skillnet's founding body, the Institute of Designers Ireland (IDI).


Looking back at Design Leaders Conference 2021

Future Focus

Read our full 2021 report

Design Leaders Conference brings together leaders of creative firms and anyone involved in design leadership in their company. An inspiring and engaging community event to hear subject matter experts and thought leaders deliver insights that transcend the creative sector and capture the thinking and know how that will make a difference as we strive to create a sustainable future while still delivering innovation and value for clients.


Accelerated disruption has been a catalyst for change in every area of how we live, work, travel, think about and plan for the future. New issues demand new perspectives and, in turn, present new opportunities. Our speakers will ensure that you embrace the future with confidence, excited about the possibilities and ready to innovate and initiate meaningful change. It’s a day packed with new ideas, new strategies and new ways forward.

Design Leadership

The requirement and responsibility for design to transform and enable change has never been greater, and with it comes both the challenge and opportunity for design to lead and deliver. Join us at Design Leaders Conference for an unmissable chance to capture the thinking and know-how that will make a difference as we navigate crucial turning points for design and business.

“It gave me time out to think about my business”

— Mary Doherty, Red Dog

“The best conference for meeting fellow designers and connecting with peers”

— Bobby Comerford, Catapult

“An opportunity to benchmark my thinking on design as a profession”

— Stephen McGilloway, Bigsmall Design

Following on from Design Leaders Conference 2021, online in 2020, Design Leaders Conference 2019, 2018 and 2017 we're back on Thursday 26th January 2023 for a full-day symposium with speakers sessions, practical insights, international speakers, and opportunities for breakout chats with other design industry leaders at the Light House Cinema, Dublin.

An unmissable opportunity to build your network, share ideas and learn up to date industry trends and best practice.

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Organised by Design Skillnet and promoted by the IDI