We're grateful to our partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers for helping make Belfast Design Week happen each year.

It truly is a collaborative festival and couldn’t be made possible without them.


This year we are excited to bring you a BIG DESIGN DAY OUT on Saturday 9th November as part of Belfast Design Week held in Belfast city centre and featuring exhibitions, pop-ups, workshops and more throughout the day and night. To help make this happen, we’d like to thank:




From 4th - 10th November 2019 we are bringing you a wide range of design events in Belfast. We’d like to thank all of our event sponsors who have helped make this happen:


Bywater is a distinctive property investment and development company capitalising on existing assets and showing off tired and neglected buildings in a new and energising light.

Bywater understand that buildings alone do not build community, they believe in relationships and making connections. They bring together teams with exceptional skills for each project they deliver, combining passions for craftsmanship with a relentless pursuit of improvement. They are unapologetically picky over the projects they focus hard on and invest personally to ensure delivery of their ambitions. Alongside local company Ashmour Developments they are currently developing the Gresham and Winetavern area of Smithfield developments which includes the Butcher’s Building, home to BDW 2019.


Haller Clarke is a collaborative entity that partners the creative industries in bringing ideas, products and services to the market via a wealth of commercial experience and a strong appreciation of how good communication, design and function enhances our lives and environments.

Working across many disciplines, sectors and countries, Haller Clarke link in with like-minded specialists interested in developing and marketing products and projects that captivate and endure.

Areas of interest include product design, fashion, literature, placemaking, architecture and art.


As Northern Ireland's civic university, Ulster University delivers excellent teaching and research that positively impacts on the prosperity of our society. Creative and inspiring, the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University is a world leading art school that makes a significant contribution to contemporary art and design both at home and abroad.


The Graduate School at Queen’s is a world-class intellectual hub that promotes a culture of innovation and research impact through collaboration, co-design and creative problem-solving methodologies such as Design Thinking. The Graduate School connects postgraduate students across all disciplines to one another and to mentors within the University and beyond, training the next generation of innovators, thinkers, communicators and leaders to be future-ready.


BID is a local, democratically established organisation that focuses on delivering specific improvements needed by local businesses and organisations throughout the area. BIDs invest in and deliver projects to improve the local trading environment, drive down business costs and raise the area’s profile. Our vision is to further develop the unique Cathedral Quarter area as a great destination for tourism, culture, creativity, innovation, and business.


Allstate was established in Northern Ireland in 1998 to provide high quality software development services and business solutions in support of its parent company, The Allstate Corporation. Allstate is Northern Ireland's largest IT Company with 2,300+ employees across three sites in Belfast, L'Derry and Strabane. Allstate is a major center for innovative software development, covering the full software lifecycle of design, development, maintenance and support.


Fathom are experience design specialists who work with agencies, businesses and organisations to improve performance, through UX and service design.


coffeenosugar focuses on the customer of the business to understand what they do, think, say and feel. Capturing the underlying motivations and drivers to behaviour. Business is all about people and relationships, and today customers expect the kind of relationship that they can depend upon and trust. Loyalty still remains, but it is not as it has been traditionally understood.


Strand Arts Centre was established as a registered charity in 2013 and has attracted 50,000 annually to a diverse programme of:

  • new releases, classic and cultural cinema, and special event screenings including introduction or Q&A

  • live theatre, music, festival and literature events

  • free weekly film clubs for children and young people

  • creative workshops in film, animation, music production, performing arts and playwriting


Newspaper Club helps everyone print their own newspapers. There's no minimum order, 24/7 online ordering and fast worldwide shipping.

Since 2010, they've printed more than 20 million newspapers for some of the most creative individuals and brands around the world. Together they're reinventing newsprint to make it more exciting, versatile and affordable than ever.

See what you can make and get free samples at newspaperclub.com


Big Motive collaborate with progressive teams to create digital products and services that transform brands and business. They also help our clients to unlock their creative potential and develop a culture of innovation.


Makematic design exceptional educational content in partnership with publishers, non-profits and world-leading brands like Crayola and Microsoft. Our content combines live action video, animation, screen capture and motion graphics in easily digestible, 2-3 min bitesize segments.


The Foundation has been creating and developing market-leading brands in the UK & Ireland for nearly 30 years. Conceiving, building and evolving brands to their full potential – brands that engage; brands that last.


A composition of hand and nature handcrafted in Benburb, Northern Ireland.


Design Council champions the power of design to tackle the biggest challenges of our time and bring about real, positive change in people’s lives.


Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.


Fueled by a shared passion for design, Lisa and Christine established shesaid with a vision to provide impactful design and branding solutions for a diverse range of clients and collaborators. Our aim is to enable growth and success for our clients through meaningful design strategies.



With offices in Belfast and Dublin, McGowans have supported Belfast Design Week from the very start in 2015 and this year we are celebrating our 5th print-versary!

"Print brings ideas to life, tells stories, builds businesses, guides and inspires. For 25 years we’ve been the go-to digital printing company for Ireland’s businesses, mainly we guess, because in that 25 years, our passion and awe for what can be achieved through print has never diminished.  First to market, not only in Ireland but in Europe, with the latest digital technologies, we now operate over twenty five digital printing presses, working over a vast number of substrates in large and small format, with production runs from one, to many thousand.”


TURF & GRAIN - Podcast & Publication partner

Turf & Grain is an independently published magazine, distributed from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Using the truthfully represented thoughts, feelings and ideas of interviewees from all across Ireland, Turf & Grain seek to delve into the current cultural and social trends developing in this unique historical and cultural moment.

KAINOS - Podcast Sponsor

Kainos provides digital technology solutions that allow organisations and people to work smarter, faster, better. We work in government, finance and health.

Kainos are the official sponsors of the brand new Belfast Design Week podcast in partnership with Turf & Grain releasing in October 2019.


Dezeen is the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, with an audience of 2.5 million unique visitors each month. Every day, Dezeen’s award-winning editorial team publishes a curated selection of the best international architecture, interiors and design projects plus breaking news, incisive features and compelling original video content. With offices in London and New York, Dezeen also runs Dezeen Jobs, the world’s most vibrant architecture and design jobs board.


With a focus on art, advertising, film, graphic design, illustration, and photography, Creative Boom showcases emerging and established talent, shares recommended resources such as the latest tools and books, interviews the brightest and best creatives, and offers invaluable tips and insights to help you at every stage of your creative career – that's whether you've just graduated, started a new job or launched a new business.


Digital Cities Belfast offers an exciting 10 days of free and bespoke events for Belfast’s creative industries.