One of design’s most influential and respected journalists, Marcus Fairs will share his insights with the regional industry at Downtown Design 2019.

The award-winning journalist is the founder of design and architecture website Dezeen, which was one of the first online magazines of its kind when it first launched in 2006.

Marcus’s astute understanding and appreciation for design, both as an industry and as a tool for change reflects in Dezeen’s reputation as the most influential and popular design website in the world. Named by the Evening Standard as one of 2018's 1,000 most influential people in London, his opinion is coveted by designers, manufacturers, developers, non-profit organizations and policy makers.

Marcus’s presence at Downtown Design 2019 comes as The Forum focuses on creative entrepreneurship and the design industry’s role as an agent of change.  He will chair two panel discussions that explore how a sense community and an eye for business are integral to the sustained growth of the design industry.

For the talk How to Build a Brand (6pm, 13th November), Marcus will delve into how creativity intersects with commerce and strategy. Featuring global experts from a wide cross-section of the design industry, the panel seeks to lay the blueprint for designers and design businesses to build lasting brands.

For his second panel discussion, Marcus will switch gears to examine the potential of the design industry to impact the community at large.

The Power of Design’ (6pm, 14th November) will feature the humanist architect Lina Ghotmeh and Indian architect and curator Ashiesh Shah who is working to uplift the country’s crafts community.  Together with designer and sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo, and multi-disciplinary designer Sanna Akerlund Gebeyehu, they will talk to the Dezeen founder about the design industry’s responsibility towards a better tomorrow.

For the full programme of this year's talks and workshops, click here.