We're a volunteer team of designers and design enthusiasts bringing Belfast Design Week to you each year.

We're a group of friends who are passionate about our industry and the potential it has to change our world and create opportunities for everyone.



Meet our 2018 team:

Christine James 

"The Future Heritage for the creative industries in Belfast is bright. It is affordable, has great people, talent, creativity, beautiful countryside and a wonderful quality of life. Internet and improved travel options mean people can live here and work globally. More and more people are choosing to move and invest in Belfast and the city is on the cusp of change with a palpable sense of energy, positivity and creativity."

Christine has a background in fashion design and is CEO and Founder of Blick Shared Studios. Christine co-founded Blick in 2007 after returning to Northern Ireland from Italy to set up her own fashion design business and spotting a need for creative workspace in Northern Ireland. Christine is also managing director of Flock, founder of Womenfolk for female designers and co-founder Small Town Big Dreams podcast for creative entrepreneurs.



Karishma Kusurkar

"Future heritage is what we, as people, make it.   Design has the ability to change the way in which we interact with each other and the potential to solve societal problems.  In the same way that Belfast was once known as a centre for shipbuilding and linen, let's make it known as an innovative and creative hub impacting the world.  We are in charge of our own story."

Karishma is a designer, collaborator, entrepreneur, lover of all things creative, avid podcast-listener and postcard enthusiast.  Karishma is passionate about putting Belfast on the international map for Design and making it a must-visit destination for design lovers. Karishma founded her multidisciplinary design studio Karishma's World in 2014 and has collaborated on several ventures including The Design SalonBelfast Design Week since then.



Catherine McGinnis

Catherine is the co—owner of Maven, a homewares and furniture store in Belfast. Based just off the Lisburn Road, Maven champions the very best of design from both established and emerging home ware brands.  Run by sisters Catherine and Patricia, Maven is nestled in the beautiful Reid Memorial Hall, a former meeting hall, and sells coveted Scandinavian brands such as Hay, Muuto, Marimekko and Ferm Living which sit alongside Irish designer-makers such as Derek Wilson Ceramics and Superfolk.



Jessica Fok

"Our Future Heritage will be our stories. The city is home to some of the world's best storytellers who articulate experiences in richly diverse mediums... spoken and written word, music, film, and design. Belfast has experienced an unexampled evolution in an incredibly short space of time, and the authentic documentation of the city's inspiring change will no doubt continue to set our designers apart from the rest of the world."

Outside of her career as a reputation management consultant based in Dublin, Jess is a creative director and image co-ordinator for NI design brands and entrepreneurs.  She has been curating the stories of NI designers since 2012, across a range of mediums including blogs, social media campaigns, editorial and public showcases. Jess joined Belfast Design Week in 2016 to facilitate the festival’s fashion events, and has since go on to start her own design and lifestyle site designher.co



Ronan Lunney

Ronan is a designer and the director of Two Digs. Two Digs is an independent graphic design studio based in Belfast. They focus on creating print and digital design across many sectors for businesses big and small.  Working with their clients they use fresh, clear and creative approaches to provide direct and effective communication. Their attention to detail ensures that their work stands out, allowing our clients to confidently build their brand and define their unique identity.



Colin McKeown is a design consultant with extensive experience in the design industry working throughout the UK and Ireland. Skilled in branding and service design he is a highly motivated design professional with project experience in both the private and public sectors. Chair of the Northern Ireland Design Alliance and involved in many creative networks and boards, Colin continues to promote the impact that design tools and approaches can make in solving major organisational and business issues. In 2015 he was appointed regional coordinator for Irish Design 2015, an events programme promoting Irish design across Ireland, the UK and internationally. He also acts as a Brand Mentor for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.



Elizabeth trained in Milan as a Service Designer. She strives to educate businesses about the changing economy and the new challenges this brings, as customer needs become increasingly complex and businesses struggle to stay competitive. She regards design as the way forward to problem solve both business and societal challenges and with a background in Sociology she understands the importance and place of the human element in todays experience economy. Committed to strengthening the Creative Sector in NI by changing perceptions of ‘design’ which lies at the heart of why businesses don’t consider design as a solution to challenges. & to developing design solutions that are responsive to the local context and consider long term impact. 



Isabelle joined the Belfast Design Week team in the lead up to and during Belfast Design Week 2018. She studied literature and anthropology at both Bremen University and Ulster University. She is an on and off-stage theatre lover and old-school letter writer. When studying at Ulster University in 2017/18 she fell in love with Belfast, decided to come back for an internship and is currently researching for her thesis on the representation of Ulster women in films pertaining The Troubles.

At Belfast Design Week, we are incredibly fortunate to have a group of great local designers and design enthusiasts volunteering their personal time and efforts to put on the events and projects each year. We are also supported by local individuals and organisations keen on promoting design and Northern Ireland through sponsorship, volunteering, venues, food/drink and fringe events.

If you'd like to get involved, get in touch on info@belfastdesignweek.com