It’s integral for teams to work well together and be able to understand and communicate with each other. By showcasing topics that are useful for everyone, Design / Build / Market aims to be an inclusive event that promotes discussion between disciplines to devise better solutions for all aspects of the creative process.

What is it?

Design / Build / Market is a new mini-conference held in Bristol that will take place on a quarterly basis. It’ll feature speakers from each of the core areas:

Design – looking at all aspects of the topic, from graphic to digital, as well as the behaviour and psychology of design;

Build – focusing on the process of development, problem solving, specialist areas and a variety of platforms;

Market – discussing how to improve your content, increase your community and build a brand.

Just over a week ago, we had our very first D/B/M event: a trial of sorts, held at a great Bristol pub in King Street, The Royal Navy Volunteer. It went down very well, with the speakers for our main event in attendance, ready to chat with those who came. This event was more of a social thing; a chance for people to learn about what Design / Build / Market will be and to have their say on what they’d like to gain from it.

One of the most important strengths of the creative industries is collaboration through combined knowledge – this is one of Design / Build / Market’s core values. We wanted to start something that builds community and strengthens relationships within teams, as well as creating more links between each other, with opportunities to learn and grow.

Alright, sign me up!

Our first real evening planned is on the theme of ‘Crowdsourcing’ and will take place on Thursday 27th October – have a look at our Meetup page for more information and to sign up and take part. We’ve got some great speakers lined up:


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Design: Rob Wilson from CrowdReach – an advertising service providing targeted Facebook ads that put your crowdfunding project in front of a highly focused audience.


Image of the Fundsurfer logo and a Samurai bunny with a trophy

Build: Co-founder and Lead Developer, Derek Ahmedzai, will be talking for Fundsurfer – a hybrid crowdfunding platform and community that provide a range of funding options for projects and companies.


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Market: Kirsty Ranger, founder of Crowd10 and IdeaSquares – a support service for startups that offers tools and accelerator programmes to help them achieve funding.


Together, we’ll be looking at “How to design a successful crowdfunding campaign for different channels”, “What it takes to create and grow a crowdfunding platform”, and “How to successfully market your crowdfunding campaign”.

Below is a rough schedule of how the evening will run. There will be plenty of time to meet new people and for networking throughout the event.

  • 6:30pm – Arrive at the venue with time for a chat while you wait for the evening to begin
  • 7pm – Our first speaker (Design – Crowdreach)
  • 7:30pm – Break for drinks/food
  • 8pm – Next speaker (Build – Fundsurfer)
  • 8:30pm – Another break
  • 8:45pm – Last speaker for the evening (Market – Kirsty Ranger)
  • 9:15pm – Wrap up with more time for networking

Don’t forget to sign up for the event on our Meetup page. There are still spaces left, so grab one before they’re gone!

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