Ryan McLeod – Slurpp

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This Friday we have Ryan McLeod in for our afternoon inspiration. Ryan runs Slurpp, a design studio based in Dundee, Scotland. They focus on creating beautiful and meaningful digital experiences that help clients solve their problems.

You may also know Ryan from his Creative Chit Chat podcast, where he hosts conversations with some of Dundee’s finest design talent. If you’re not listening already, go check it out. Your ears will not be disappointed.


Kirsty Thomson – The Circle

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Friday’s second guest lecture comes from Kirsty Thomson of The Circle.

The Circle is a hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and socially aware businesses in Dundee.

We provide affordable offices, co-working and community space.

By bringing organisations together, we are promoting collaboration and fostering innovation that does social good in the city.


Kirsty is our Founder and Chief Executive Office. Kirsty has worked with charities, social enterprises and organisations for 17 years. She is also Managing Director of Along Came Kirsty, a Third Sector consultancy that has been running for five years with four members of staff and hard-working volunteers. A graduate of the University of Abertay, she is a trustee of the Abertay Students Association.

Joanne Mcfadyen – Tea Green

Friday’s guest speaker is Joanne MacFadyen an award winning Scottish jeweller currently based in Dundee. She graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art with a bachelor of design degree with honors in 2010 and completed a Master of Fine Art in 2012. 
In the summer of 2014 Joanne set up Tea Green Events, hosting unique pop up events to showcase the wealth of creative talent based in Scotland. Inspired by a desire to champion high quality hand made items created in Scotland by independent makers.
Her personal work is lead by a love of experimenting with materials and techniques and driven by a wide eyed attitude to the world. Identifying Predominately as a jeweller, but also as a maker & doodler, Joanne works with a precious metals, precious metal clays, enamel & gemstones to create mainly one off pieces.

Fun Makes Good

This week, Friday 3rd February, we will be welcoming Eleanor Young, the woman behind Fun Makes Good, to talk to us about her company and it’s journey from start-up in 2009 to the present day. She’ll be shedding some light on the different markets she designs for; with her range of ready to buy homewares, bespoke commissions, collaborations and large scale projects. Just how do you juggle these different elements? You can ask her on Friday.

Lauren Currie


This Friday Design Enterprise will welcome one of Scotland’s most dynamic service designers, design activists, educators and entrepreneurs. Lauren Currie graduated from DJCAD in both Product Design and our Master of Design programme. With Sarah Drummond, she established Snook, which has a world reputation as an innovative social design agency. She has been an advisor to the Chinese Government, has spoken at conferences and events throughout the world, and has a well deserved reputation as an inspiring speaker. She also writes for the Herald. In September 2014 The Observer newspaper put her on the front cover of the Review section as one of the nominated Top 50 Radicals – people who are changing Britain through social innovation.

She was recently appointed Programme Manager for MA Digital Experience Design at Hyper Island Manchester. Hyper Island is an international private university level education provider covering design, leadership, digital business and a range of other specialisms. She will be running a two hour workshop with us that promises to be a unique and valuable experience!

Here is a recent talks she has given…


Marble Boy joins us!


This Friday 26 February we be joined by Dundee entrepreneur Jamie Shankland who established the social enterprise Marble Boy clothing line two years ago. Under the headline People not profit: Dundee clothing company plans to give away all proceeds in 2015 – The Courier covered the launch of his company back in December. More background on Jamie and the company can be read on this STV feature. Finally here is Jamie himself:

An inspiring social innovator who bridges local creative talent with the needs of communities and a well honed fashion business strategy, there is much to be learned from Jamie’s visit. So do your homework on him and his company, and come prepared with some questions. And the other thing about Jamie is that he has another highly lucrative business in the oil industry that helped to launch Marlbe Boy.

Joanna Montgomery – woman of the future



This Friday I am delighted to welcome Joanna Montgomery to Design Enterprise. This was her in the Telegraph just a few weeks ago. Joanna is the winner of: Innovator of the Year, FDM Everywoman Women in Technology Awards 2013; Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards ‘Best Start Up’ Scotland 2012; Woman of the Future in Science and Technology Finalist 2012, NACUE National Varsity Pitch National Champion, 2011. She has been featured on BBC, CNN and The Discovery Channel, she is CEO of Little Riot, has a regular blog at Huffington Post. She is an Interaction Design graduate of DJCAD and will join us to share her insights on pitching and presenting, and being enterprising in design. She recently smashed her Kickstarter target and is bringing her product to the market.

Joanna is an internationally sought after speaker who is candidly honest about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, Joanna’s vision and determination are inspiring. She also ranks as Great Britain’s strongest woman, and in recent heats qualified for world finals in the United States. Before she joins us please ensure you have checked her out and read at least one of her Huffington Post pieces – preferably all of them. You have a unique opportunity to ask her questions – make the most of it!