June 12th, 2009

Who is Speaking at the Cumulus Conference 2009

Who is Speaking at the Cumulus Conference 2009

Assembling so many of the world’s leading design and media practitioners, thinkers and innovators will turn The O2 into a powerhouse of prediction. At first hand, you’ll be able to hear authoritative, innovative and insightful responses to key issues concerning industry and education practice and future partnerships.

Can you afford to miss any of that?

Sir Ken Robinson, Sir Chris Powell, Conchango of London, Dr Angela Dumas, Ogilvy Innovation Lab, Sir Christopher Frayling, Shane Walter of onedotzero, Professor Robin Baker and members of the Cumulus international design network will join forces with distinguished practitioners and education leaders. Through a series of presentations, discussions, think tanks and workshops, the Cumulus Conference will investigate the future of the design, broadcast and creative sectors and explore opportunities in a dogma-free zone.

A bit more about the speakers:

Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He speaks to audiences around the world on the changing needs of business, education and public organizations in the new global economies. Sir Ken has advised national governments in Europe and Asia and works with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations and for ten years he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in England and is now Professor Emeritus.

Sir Ken Robinson’s new book, ‘The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything’ will be published in January 2009.  The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is also an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the twenty-first century.

Sir Chris Powell

is Chair of NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), this is a unique and independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative. NESTA invest in early-stage companies, inform and shape policy, and deliver practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future. In the public sphere, his experience includes chairing the Institute of Public Policy Research think tank; The British Council’s Creative Industries Advisory Panel; Ealing Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority; and being Vice Chair of the Public Diplomacy Board. He also serves on the UK Government’s Science Forum and the Board of Riverside Studios.

In the commercial world, Chris’s experience includes non-executive directorships at companies UBM, Dr Foster, and Renew. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel at PWC. Chris comes from an advertising background as he was a founder of the advertising agency DDB and went on to become its chief executive and then chairman. Chris was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours for his services to the advertising industry.

Dr Angela Dumas

is a consultant with a strong background in management and design. Her consultancy company, Totemics, works with management teams, with individuals in senior roles and with those in non executive board positions, typically but not exclusively at the inception of new initiatives. It’s unconventional and distinctive methods easily and rapidly allow for a reframing of the most challenging innovation issues and organisational problems.

Angela originally trained in fine art, and then undertook an MA in Interior Architecture at the Royal College of Art (1976), and later a PhD in management at London Business School (1993). She has taught design at Chelsea College of Art (1977–1983), has run a successful design consultancy (1977-1985), has been first a Research Fellow and then Director of the Centre for Design Management at London Business School (1985-1998), and was Research Director of the restructured UK Design Council (1994-1997). She has taught programmes at most of the leading international business schools in Europe and North America, has managed major research projects for the EPSRC and the Leverhulme Trust, and has published many academic papers on management and design.

Angela has experience of a very considerable range of businesses, having advised the following: Arcam, British Rail, Clarks, Courtauld Textiles, Fox Linton, Kodak, Landrover, Liberty, Linn Products, London Underground, Raychem, Rexam, Sainsbury, Scientific Generics, Valmet, Walker Greenbank, WH Smiths, and Zoffany.

Matthew Bagwell

Matt is EMC Conchango’s Creative Director, and as such, works in digital media across channels for leading brands in the UK, Europe and US. He is responsible for Conchango’s position as a leading creative web agency in Europe and as well as leading a busy creative team, works with clients driving their digital strategies. He began his career designing award-winning CD-ROMs for Flagtower before joining the world-leading marketing and experience design agency Imagination, as a senior art director. With a specialist insight into designing both screen-based and physical interaction, Matthew worked on global accounts to determine what brand experiences audiences could interactive with, including the planning that determined the why? and most critically, the executional ‘how?’. Outstanding projects included many automotive stands for Ford Motor Company, two visitor zones for the Millennium Experience, The Guinness Storehouse Visitor Centre and the global digital strategy for Ericsson Mobile.

Matt then went on to become the Executive Creative Director of Syzygy Group, a leading European digital marketing agency. Once again, his work spanned both brand strategy, planning and creative development. His most significant work there was leading the digital experience strategy for Channel 4 News, Mazda Motors and Mercedes-Benz, both pan-European programmes.

Since joining EMC Conchango in 2007,he has built on a fantastic heritage of user-centred design, developing a multi-disciplinary team that covers analytics and research, planning, content, design and front end development. He consults clients regularly about brand strategy and experience design, currently for River Island, RBS, Virgin Atlantic, T-Mobile and Tesco.

Professor Robin Baker O.B.E.

most recently has been the guiding force in the relocation and transformation of Ravensbourne College. The move from Chislehurst to a new building on the Greenwich Peninsula provides a unique opportunity to recast the role of specialist Higher Education for the Creative Industries in London.

Previously Professor of Computing at the Royal College of Art, London, Robin Baker is the Director of Ravensbourne and he has been a keynote speaker on the creative use of technology at other Cumulus conferences, lecturing on the Impact of the Computer on Cinema at the Helsinki conference.

The relationship between design, media and computer technology is his area of expertise and he has lectured and spoken at many seminars. He was also chair of the interactive media panel at the RSA for a number of years.

His publications include: articles in Digital Creativity Journal, Products that love people; a CADE conference paper, Filmic Values in Multimedia; article in IMSF Multimedia in Europe, What computers are good at. His book, Designing the Future: The Computer Transformation of Reality explored the impact of computing on the Design industries. Other articles followed in Design Management Journal, Darwinian Form and the Computer; paper for Actif et Interactif, Teaching on the New Interactive Technologies.

Bill Sermon

Is Head of Services and User Interface Design, Nokia

Joining Nokia in 1998 to lead Nokia Design in the UK, Bill is now responsible, globally, for the creative and strategic leadership of Nokia’s Services and User Interface design team. A new team established in January 2008 to support Nokia’s growing internet services business the team includes ethnographers, digital designers, information architects, researchers and psychologists. As a member of the Nokia Design management team, he is also fully involved in all aspects of Nokia wide design strategy.

Prior to this role he led the design team responsible for the creation of Nokia’s ground breaking N-series multimedia products and experiences.

Before joining Nokia, Bill worked at Design Consultants Fitch plc (now part of WPP) for over 10 years, where he was latterly Director and Senior Consultant for Brand and Product Development for manufacturing clients. He has worked extensively in Europe and the USA with leading furniture, household items, consumer products, technology and sports brands.

He began his career working for Philips as a product designer and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and a past Director of the Design Business Association.

Clive Grinyer

Since May 2008 Clive has been the Director of Customer Experience and European coordinator for the Innovations Team of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). He develops thought leadership and works directly for Cisco’s business and public service clients on desinging customer experiences across technology, services and products.

Clive joined Cisco after 5 years with Orange France Telecom, who he joined as Director of Customer Experience. He went on to set up the Design and Usability team to develop user interface and customer experience across fixed line, mobile, internet and TV. He worked in Paris at the France Telecom ExploCentre exploring the next range of converged products and services and returned to London to develop a range of Orange mobile and wi-fi products.

Before Orange, Clive held senior design management roles in consultancy and corporate design. He has worked for IDEO in the US and UK, was European head of product design for Fitch and was a founder of design company Tangerine.

As Director of Design for Samsung he set up the award winning European design team in London, and was head of design for TAG McLaren Audio, a collaboration of the watch and Formula 1 racing brands. He went on to be Director of Design and Innovation at the Design Council, where he worked with businesses and public services to improve innovation and customer experience.

Clive is a passionate advocate for customer experience and design methodologies, writes and speaks at conferences on design, innovation and technology, and is the author of the book “Smart Design” and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Helen Hamlyn Institute for inclusive design.

Mariana Amatullo

works for Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and is co-founder and director of the college-wide initiative Designmatters and is the Vice President of the International Initiatives Department. In this capacity, she develops strategic educational partnerships and oversees a portfolio of research collaborations, communication campaigns, exhibitions and publications that enhance Art Center’s commitment to be at the forefront of international design education and contribute solutions to humanitarian issues of critical urgency. Through her leadership, Art Center is the first design institution to be formally affiliated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO); and a civil society organization member with the Organization of American States (OAS), and has become recognized with numerous public and private agencies as an exemplary effort uniting humanitarian, social and educational objectives.

Shane Walter, onedotzero

is the co-founder, CEO and creative director of moving image arts organisation onedotzero established in 1997. The onedotzero festival network is now a global phenomenon, reaching over 60 cities worldwide and tens of thousands of people through its activities.

Shane has drawn on his background experience as a writer, photographer, producer and director across a range of media and industries, from publishing and computer gaming to theatre and contemporary art, to ensure that onedotzero remains critically acclaimed for being at the leading edge of contemporary moving image and digital arts.

In 2003 Screen International credited Shane as one of the top ten visionaries of the UK film industry alongside Ridley Scott and Lynne Ramsey. Little White Lies contemporary film magazine reported Shane “as one of 10 people responsible for making the British short film scene the most vibrant and revolutionary artistic culture in the known universe…breaking down boundaries to make short film accessible, exciting, artistically credible and economically viable”.

In 2006 Shane directed stand out events in London at the Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His second book and companion DVD, Motion Blur 2 was released in 2008 to acclaim. It is a follow-up to 2004’s top-selling Motion Blur, graphic moving imagemakers, which has been reprinted twice. He lectures, advises educational establishments, writes articles and has edited numerous catalogues. He has regularly participated at industry festivals and conferences on subjects such as media and architecture, broadcast design and the creative industries. Shane was recently invited to be an Artistic Director for the Lyon 2013 City of Culture bid and was an advisor for Central London Partnerships. He is a member of the Senior Board 2012 Host Broadcast Training Programme of the London Olympics.

For onedotzero_industries Shane has produced and consulted on projects across a range of media for print, moving image, interactive, title design, character development, channel branding and online content up to large scale global music tour visuals on behalf of some of the world’s largest brands and agencies.

Nico Macdonald

is a London based consultant and writer focusing on innovation, design, technology. He has consulted with organisations including the BBC, Guardian Media Group, and BT plc, the Creative Industries Technology and Innovation Network (CITIN), and the Design Council.

Nico is the author of What is Web Design? (RotoVision, 2003), and writes for publications including the RSA Journal, BBC News Online, Guardian Technology, Core77, Creative Review, and DCM (the Design Council magazine).

He has programmed many of the key UK and US conferences on design and media futures, from Designing the Internet (1996) to the Media Futures Conference (2008). He convenes the Innovation Reading Circle in London, for which participants are encouraged to read key text thoroughly and develop a critique. He is a Fellow of the RSA.

His work is documented on his site at: http://www.spy.co.uk/

Pictures at: http://www.spy.co.uk/images/NicoMacdonald/

Ogilvy Digital Innovation Labs

Hosted by Ogilvy’s digital pioneers this session will illustrate why innovative thinking and technological innovation should remain at the heart of everything you do. Discover how this worldwide creative agency lives by the mantra established by David Ogilvy:

“Encourage innovation. Change is our lifeblood, stagnation our death knell.”


Forum: The impact of social, demographic and technological change on industry and education

A panel of leading practitioners and thinkers reflect on the key advancements, disruptions and issues, which have had dramatic impacts on our sectors in the past and predict those that will do so and when in the future. How should our sectors respond? What should education be doing in response?

Ravensbourne 2020: Leading change in education in response to industry Challenges

In preparation for its relocation to the Greenwich Peninsula in 2010 Ravensbourne has been engaging with some of the biggest and brightest names in design, media, education and society to address what a 21st Century specialist design and communications college should become. This session presents the findings from these discussions and highlights how Ravensbourne is responding to the challenges and changes demanded of higher education. We urge others to join us.

Ravensbourne 20/20 participants have included: Richard Seymour, Seymour Powell; Bill Sermon, Nokia; Alex West, The Future Department; Clive Grinyer, Cisco; Lesley Morris, Design Council; Julian Grice, The Team; David Adjaye, Architect; Triston Wallace, Skillset; Matt Marsh, Firsthand Experience; Nico Macdonald, and others

June 12th, 2009

Who will benefit from Cumulus 2009?

Who will benefit from Cumulus 2009?

Are you in a creative industry?

Or involved in leading and delivering education or media?
If so, you know you need to know how developments and events are shaping your future. It’s our aim that every delegate at Cumulus 2009 will become better equipped to recognise the effects of change and handle the future. Networking opportunities have not been neglected.

As well as conference and workshop sessions, there will be receptions, dinners, cultural tours and river trips for 600 delegates designed to stimulate, inspire and facilitate future working partnerships.

June 12th, 2009

Ravensbourne Introductions

Ravensbourne Introductions – There are many speakers and presenters that shared their wisdom at Cumulus 2009.   These are the categories and individuals:

Moving Image

Graphic Design



Graphic Design


Amy Alldred
Mark Attree
Eilin Bergum
Kimberley Bolden
Jonathon Budden
Nick Bushby
Alana Chapman
Simon Cowie
Kay Davis
Charlie De Grussa
Jennifer Dennis
Sean Fox
Mark Goss
Jamie Greenaway
Deo Kato
James Kay
Harry Lyn
Taona Mandikate
Louis Mikolay
Emily Moore
Rachel Oriel
Helene Overgaard
Cara Perry
Amity Raymen-Barker
Aniya Revutsky
Jo Tomkins
Gabriel Weichert
Jonathon Budden

Introduction videos currently not available.

June 11th, 2009

Streaming Live

Cumulus London Streaming

Streaming Live

Wednesday 27
From 15.30 until 18.00


Thursday 28
From 10.00 until 12.30 and from 16.00 until 18.00
June 11th, 2009

How to get to Cumulus 2009

How to get to Cumulus 2009

The Cumulus conference is being held at the O2 centre, on the Greenwich Peninsula.

The 02, Greenwich Peninsula
London SE10 0DX
+44(0)20 712 3456

Nearest tube:
North Greenwich (Jubilee Line)

PDF Map showing Location of Cumulus Conference 2009, London.

June 11th, 2009

The Cumulus Conference Working Groups

The Cumulus Conference

Friday 29th May

The following working groups are scheduled to take place at the London conference. X-Files will start at 9.00am and all others at 9.30am. To register your interest in each working group please email the contact person directly. The addresses for each working group are included below. Google Maps or www.streetmap.co.uk provide excellent directions and guidance for getting you there.

1. Design Education for Sustainability
Contact person: Prof. Peter Stebbing, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

Location: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB. Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 6569. Nearest underground station is Elephant & Castle, Northern and Bakerloo lines.

2. Pre-Design (Practice, Research & Education Design)
Contact person: Marjolijn Brussaard, Vice President of Cumulus, Vice President Staff Development Centre at the Utrecht School of the Arts.

Location: The University of Greenwich, Edinburgh Room and Howe Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9LS: Tel+44 (0)20 8 331 7932. Please refer to your map of the Old Royal Naval College included in the delegate pack for directions.

3. CURE (Cumulus Research)
Contact persons: Marjolijn Brussaard, Vice President of Cumulus, Vice President Staff Development Centre at the Utrecht School of the Arts.
Luisa Collina, Member of the Cumulus board, Professor at the Politecnico di Milano.

Location: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB. Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 6569. Nearest underground station is Elephant & Castle, Northern and Bakerloo lines.

4. X – files for International Coordinators
Contact persons: Anne Schoonbrodt, Politectnico di Milano
Marie Ogee, ENSAAMA
Bettina Ganz, Zurich University of the Arts
Please note that this working group will begin at 9.00am

Location: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB. Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 6569. Nearest underground station is Elephant & Castle, Northern and Bakerloo lines.

5. Visual Communication (Viscom)
- Tradition challenging the future
- Visual communication research
- VisCom working group facing the future

Location: The University of Greenwich, Edinburgh Room and Howe Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9LS: Tel+44 (0)20 8 331 7932. Please refer to your map of the Old Royal Naval College included in the delegate pack for directions.

June 11th, 2009

Cumulus Programme Timetable

Wednesday 27th May – at the IndigO2 and Vue Cinema

1.00pm – 3.30pm – at the IndigO2
New Members’ Fair
3.30pm – at the Vue Cinema
Prof. Robin Baker OBE, Councillor Chris Roberts, Christian Guellerin
4.00pm – 5.00pm – at the Vue Cinema
Keynote Speaker – Matthew Bagwell, EMC Conchango London
The media and interfaces of today may not have existed, been possible or commercially viable when a graduating student started their current curriculum. Three years ago, Facebook was an awkward infant and Twitter a mere twinkle in its eye. As critically, facing such dynamic changes in communication, interaction and even the definition of employment itself, the business structures and models of today no longer serve us effectively as we plan for the years to come.
What impact will this have on creative roles in the future? How will we train for those roles? Will a creative service industry need to exist and if so in what form?
5.00pm – 7.00pm
Dinner time
Time for dinner back at your hotel or at one of the many popular O2 cafes and restaurants
7.00pm – 12.00am
Opening reception party at the IndigO2
Meet, greet and network at this world-leading London night spot

Thursday 28th May – at the Vue Cinema

Coffee and registration
10.00am – 11.00am
Keynote Speaker – Sir Chris Powell
The Chair of NESTA and the British Council’s Creative Industries Advisory Panel presents practical and inspirational methods to make nations more innovative and solve the big challenges of the future
Coffee break
Dr Angela Dumas ‘Art and Science of Beginnings: I think Socrates would like where we are now’
A number of individuals and academics believe that by studying complex adaptive systems we can gain insight into the way that our social, company and technology structures operate. Ideas are here also since density acts upon them as a vital trigger in coalescence. But we should remember that innovation can challenge and trigger resistance too. Ideas might behave rather more like slimemolds but human beings behave rather more like apes. Humans, however, have a capacity for conversation, and it is through good conversation that we can aspire to be greater than the sum of our individual parts. “Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards”. Angela Dumas will elaborate on these themes to talk about the vital importance to collaboration of achieving the best place from which to begin
12.30pm – 2.00pm
D&AD Digital Workout present onedotzero
Shane Walter, co-founder, CEO and creative director of onedotzero is a recognised leader in moving image. He talks innovation across art, culture and commerce drawing on his experiences spanning channel branding, art installations, music videos, publishing, TV and film
Ogilvy Digital Innovation Lab
The creative agency’s digital pioneers provide insight into the commercial applications of new technologies and illustrate how to be a speedboat around an oil tanker. While it takes an oil tanker an age to turn you need to remain agile and stay ahead of the curve
Forum: The impact of social, demographic and technological change on industry and education
We are at an unprecedented time of disruption for design and media practise and education. New technologies enable communications, design, production, innovation, distribution and consumption in ways barely imaginable in the 20th Century. This Forum asks what will be the biggest drivers of change in the near future and how should industry and education respond? Will it be technology push or consumer/user pull? A panel of leading practitioners and thinkers reflect on the key advances, disruptions and issues which have had a dramatic in the recent past and predict what’s next. Chaired by Prof. Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Research Centre. Panelists to include Bill Sermon of Nokia / Clive Grinyer of Cisco / Mariana Amatullo of Designmatters, Art Center College of Design and Prof. Peter Higgins of Land Design
Ravensbourne 2020: Leading change in education in response to industry challenges
Ravensbourne Director Prof. Robin Baker shares the findings of six months of research into what industry and society demands of a future facing design and media institution
Coffee break
Keynote Speaker – to be confirmed
5.00pm – 6.00pm
Keynote Speaker Prof. Sir Ken Robinson
This recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and leadership talks change, passion, people and imagination

6.00pm ENDS

7.00pm – 8.30pm

General Assembly Hosted by Barclays, Canary wharf (transport will be provided to take General Assembly delegates on to the RCA)

8.00pm – 11.00pm

Private View – A special invitation from the Royal College of Art to all Cumulus delegates


Friday 29th May

9.30am – 11.30am
Behind the scenes tour of the design and technology at The British Music Experience, The O2. Led by the design team from the exhibition designers, Land Design
9.30am – 12.00pm
Opportunities for Cumulus Working Groups to convene at London College of Communication and University of Greenwich venues
1.00pm – 3.00pm
Architectural Tour of London’s South Bank
Tour of The Queen’s House, Greenwich Park
Tour of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park
Architecture and Design Tour of the London 2012 Olympic site
3.00pm – 5.00pm
Plenary presentation, networking and River Thames trip
7.00pm – 11.30pm
Farewell dinner
Reception at The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich Park. Sponsored by Greenwich Council, introduced by Sir Christopher Frayling

Saturday 30th May

Free for exploring London, its world class shopping and cultural destinations. A recommended programme of free access and paid activities will be provided in advance for all registered delegates.

June 11th, 2009

Sponsors & Supporters

Sponsors & Supporters

Ravensbourne thanks the following supporters of the Cumulus London 2009 Conference

Greenwich Council – http://www.gre.ac.uk/

The O2 - http://www.theo2.co.uk/

Skillset - http://www.skillset.org/

London Higher - http://www.londonhigher.ac.uk/

Greenwich University - http://www.destinationgreenwich.com/


June 11th, 2009

Cumulus 2009 Registration

The online Conference registration system is now closed. If you would still like to register and attend call +44 (0)20 8289 4956.

Conference fees

Students (limited access to receptions and networking events)
Cumulus Members
Non-Cumulus member education institutions
Private Sector organisations

Some conference sessions need to be registered for in advance due to limited places, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Sessions requiring pre-registration are as follows:

27 May

  • Opening Reception at the IndigO2

28 May

  • D&AD Workout bring you onedotzero (first 150 people)
  • Ogilvy Digital Innovation Lab (first 60 people)
  • The impact of technology on change in education and industry (first 150 people)

29 May

  • FULL Architectural tour of London’s South Bank (first 50 people). Delegates attending this tour will not be able to attend the River Thames trip
  • Tour of the Queen’s House (first 40 people)
  • Tour of the Greenwich Royal Observatory (first 40 people)
  • FULL Architectural and Design Tour of London 2012 Olympic site (first 30 people). Delegates attending this tour will not be able to attend the River Thames trip
  • River Thames trip
  • Farewell Reception at the Painted Hall
June 11th, 2009

The Cumulus Conference

The Cumulus Conference

The first casualty was carbon paper. Then Snopaque vanished from sight. Finally, the typewriter itself bit history’s dust, leaving no trace except this font.

But perhaps you don’t remember the indispensible communication tools of two decades ago?

When the communications’ accelerator is flat on the floor, twenty years is forever (remember the fax’s moment in the sun?) Even five years ago, today’s design and communication landscape would have been unimaginable. But the creative industries’ adaptability and agility have been remarkable. Responses to techno-innovation’s dizzying pace within the creative industries have been quicker and more radical than any other sector. Cumulus Conference, London 2009: Confronting challenge with change asks some massive questions: what will happen by 2012? Or 2015? And evenbeyond? And do we have the skills in education and industry to manage and facilitate even more internal change in response?

Here are two safe predictions before you even step through The O2 doors:

Safe prediction 1

The technology will continue exponentially. Hardware, user-led innovation, user-generated content, YouTube, citizen journalism, Apple, Adobe, shareware and open source software developments will hurtle ahead at warp speed.

Safe prediction 2

External challenges won’t diminish. Design and communication industries will need to adapt to unpredictable developments in unpredictable ways.

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