And that’s a wrap folks! It’s been a blast but sadly Leading Design is over for 2017. Follow us on Twitter and put 10 - 12 October 2018 in your diaries… we’ll see you then!

Leading Design

Join a community of design leaders for three days of inspiration and learning, brought to you by strategic design consultancy Clearleft.
25 - 27 October 2017, Barbican Centre, London
Leading Design is a Clearleft event
The conference

A conference for people leading design teams, overseeing design direction, or instilling a culture of design within their organisations. Listen to leaders from Facebook, Buzzfeed, IBM Design Studio and Vine discuss the challenges of managing design, and becoming a better design leader.

Three reasons to join us at Leading Design


Learn from industry leaders

We’ve assembled an amazing group of design leaders from some of the best known companies in the world. They will share years of experience in finding talent, building culture, structuring and developing their teams, managing upwards, coping with stress, and maintaining personal wellbeing.

Meet your peers

Design leadership can be hard; especially if you’ve not done it before. The best way to meet this challenge is through the support of your peers, so we’ve created plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded design leaders, swap war stories, and build relationships we hope will last the rest of your careers.

Experience a unique programme

Most conferences are focused on practitioners. We’ve put together a unique programme of events designed specifically to hone your leadership skills. We hope that by the end of this conference we will have helped you tackle some of your most pressing challenges, helping you become the most effective design leader possible.


We thought we couldn’t top last year’s line up, but we might just have done it. We’ve assembled our dream team of design leaders - folk who have run design teams at some of the best known companies around the world. But don’t be fooled into thinking they’ve had it easy. Whether you’ve worked for fast moving tech companies or more traditional organisations there are design challenges aplenty. Listen to a diverse group of speakers discuss how they have embraced the challenges of design leadership in their own unique ways.