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Design Network North

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Tyne and Wear

Design Network North are passionate about the role that design plays in the economy, and the effect that good design can have on a business.

We firmly believe that every company can add value by utilising design, which is why the network is not only for design businesses but for those who appreciate and value the huge benefits that design can have on the runningof a business, resulting in a varied and diverse membership.

Our monthly Rise and Design events run on the second Friday of every month and cover a huge range of topics, all the way from Internet of Things to Branding. They bring together anything up to a hundred businesses to hear expert speakers, share ideas, discuss projects and chat over a coffee and a bacon sandwich. They’ve been running for nearly seven years, and every month someone will tell us that they met a new client they can work with.

Work Examples

LDT Design

LDT Design, a Design Network North member, and Cocoon Labs have come together to develop Cocoon, a home alarm device that is affordable, unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing. Cocoon is able to track movement from inside the entire home, and can alert you by phone if it detects anything untoward. Frustrated with the consumer alarm market, Cocoon Labs started working on their own alarm – ensuring it was easy to operate and modern, with its own smartphone app. They began working on the Cocoon’s unique subsoundR hardware system which, unlike other home alarms, makes it possible for the alarm to be left in one single position in the home, yet able to monitor the entire house. Once they had finished working on some of the other vital software, such as the Cocoon’s infrared microphone, geolocation software and machine learning algorithms, they were on the look-out for a product designer. LDT Design, product design and development company based in York, were Cocoon Labs’ first choice. Having had eight years’ experience in the field, and an impressive portfolio, Cocoon Labs knew they could rely on LDT Design to bring their concept to life.

Durham Box

With so many people selling online, through eBay, Esty and other websites, Durham Box was looking to tap into this market and, rather than only mass produce cardboard boxes as they had done for many years, they were looking to also sell a few boxes at a time to sole traders. Thanks to Urban River’s marketing and branding expertise and Design Network North’s funding through the European Regional Development Fund, The Happy Little Box Co was born to meet these customer needs. Design Network North members, Urban River, have worked with Durham Box for a number of years and of the back of this they were asked to develop a new identity and ecommerce website in support of this new business venture.

Durham Gin

Design network North helped to fund the branding development for Durham Gin, partnering them with Gosforth based branding agency Wonderstuff Studio


“ievo would not have existed without Design Network North. We knew nothing of design or the design process and without Design Network North we couldn’t have brought such a professional product to market in such a short period of time. Design Network North’s project mentor and our designers, e3Design, have delivered above and beyond.” - Shaun Oakes, Managing Director, ievo

Client Testimonials

"Great opportunity to meet new people without it being forced. Each event is tailored well and so you'll meet a variety of people with different skills"

- Danielle Mowbray - Freelance Write

"Very well respected event with a laid back feel which brings delegates back month on month."

- Ian Farrar , Far North Ltd

"Absolutely love it! Full of interesting people and inspiring content. Great turn out, the room was buzzing!"

- Ann English, Sheridan Design

"Fantastic event, great place to get insight into a wide range of areas and a great place to meet like-minded people."

- Simon Briton, Quantify R&D Ltd

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