• Celebrating creative excellence and consistency across branding design;
• Powered by Future’s market-leading brands Computer Arts and Creative Bloq;
• Hosted at the London Film Museum, Thursday 6 March 2014.
Taking place on Thursday 6th March at the London Film Museum, the inaugural event will celebrate creative excellence and consistency across branding design. The Impact Conference will take the theme of ‘collaboration’, focusing on the work between creative teams, illustrators, writers, photographers and the client, and will coincide with the very first Brand Impact Awards for branding and branded campaigns.
The conference will centre around the industries’ most vibrant sectors including FMCG, sports, retail and drinks, and will feature speakers such as James Somerville, Vice-President Global Design of The Coca Cola Company and James Hamilton, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of AKQA.
The awards are to be held at the same venue in the evening and will be judged in the context of the market sector for which they were created, with judges looking for consistent quality of idea, design and execution. The judges will be chaired by independent design writer and consultant Lynda Relph-Knight.
The Impact Conference and Brand Impact Awards will be powered by Future’s market-leading brands Computer Arts and Creative Bloq. Computer Arts, which celebrated its 200th issue last year, provides inspiration, insight and analysis to the professional design community, while Creative Bloq, the UK’s most popular design site, has recently undergone a major evolution to capitalise on its rapid international growth.
Nick Carson, Editor of Computer Arts, says: “Branding has always been a really core topic for Computer Arts it’s the design industries bread-and-butter, and everyone from a freelance designer to a major global agency engages in it in some capacity. So it was the perfect subject area to explore in our first industry conference and awards scheme. As well as showcasing world-class work, Impact also celebrates the importance of close collaboration between designer and client, with client-side commissioners front-and-centre as both speakers and judges, setting everything in the kind of commercial context that’s invaluable to our readers.”
Declan Gough, Head of Creative & Design Group, says: “The creative and design sector is thriving and we believe there is a real opportunity to create a dynamic conference and awards which celebrates that. Future has a market-leading portfolio of creative and design brands, and the Impact Conference and Brand Impact Awards further reflect the innovation of the portfolio.”
About Future plc
• Future plc (futureplc.com) is an international media group and leading digital business, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR).
• We have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating more than 200 publications, apps, websites and events.
• We hold market-leading positions in Technology, Games, Guitar, Creative and Sport & Auto sectors.
• We attract more than 51 million monthly global unique users to our websites, which include techradar.com, gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com and musicradar.com.
• Future sold more than 24 million magazines last year, that’s 45 magazines sold every minute. Our most well-known brands include T3, Cycling Plus, Total Film, Mollie Makes and Official Xbox Magazine.
• Future has developed its own app-creation software, FutureFolio. We produce over 100 digital editions, and have now sold over five million digital copies.
• Future exports or syndicates 225 publications to over 89 countries, making us the UK’s number one exporter and licensor of magazine content.
• Future has been named Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year for three years in a row by the Association of Online Publishers (2011, 2012, 2013) and has been named the Professional Publishers Association Digital Publisher of the Year for two consecutive years (2012, 2013). Future is also the British Media Awards Media Company of the Year.