Inspiring Today, Transforming Tomorrow

26 January 2023
Light House Cinema, Dublin

Early Bird Tickets
Design Leaders Conference

Back to its full glory and bigger than ever in 2023

We are delighted to announce that this year's Design Leaders Conference will be run as part of JOY, to celebrate 50 years of Design Skillnet's founding body, the Institute of Designers Ireland (IDI).

We are expanding our programme this year, so stay tuned for more information. Early bird tickets will be available in limited quantities shortly. Don't miss out!

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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

Sponsors & Partners

Organised by Design Skillnet and promoted by the IDI