Barbican Centre

London 2024

Leading Design is a two day gathering of design leaders from around the globe. It is curated and hosted by design transformation consultancy Clearleft.
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Since 2016, Leading Design has been convening leaders from around the globe to learn, share and grow. This world-class conference is designed specifically for people leading design teams, or over-seeing design direction.

Leaders from some of the world's most pioneering organisations join us at London's iconic Barbican Centre to take some time away from the day job, and connect with peers, in an atmosphere where long lasting relationships are formed.

Three reasons to join us at Leading Design London

Learn from industry leaders

Our industry leading speakers share their years of experience in finding talent, building culture, structuring and developing their teams, managing upwards, coping with stress, and maintaining personal wellbeing.

Connect with your peers

Design leadership can be hard; especially if you're recently promoted. The best way to meet this challenge is through the support of peers, so we create plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded design leaders, swap stories, and build relationships we believe will last the rest of your careers.

Explore topics curated just for you

Most conferences are focussed on practitioners. At Leading Design we bring you a unique programme of content designed to help design leaders like you to hone your skills. We know that by the end of the conference we will have helped you tackle some of your most pressing challenges, enabling you to become the most effective leader possible.

If you’re in a world whereby you are responsible in any degree for an experience with customers that is delivered by digital means, you should be here. You should be here and paying attention and writing notes and you should be back here every year.

Martyn Reding, Head of UX at Virgin Atlantic.

Past events

In addition to our conferences Leading Design hosts retreats and coaching programmes to help guide you through every stage of your leadership journey. Take a look at our past events.

The Venue

Barbican Centre

Based in the heart of the city, the Barbican has a truly enviable design status. A Grade II listed building, it is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture.

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