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“The Future is a live event celebrating the innovators in design, media, creativity and culture, and the role they play in the future of society, business and the spaces in between.”


This Friday and Saturday November 3 and 4, The Future will take over four stages at the RDS, Dublin.

The new live conference event will feature some of the leading names in global creativity. Featuring speakers in the worlds of design, innovation and media heads.

We’ve put together a list of the figures we’re most excited to listen to this weekend in Ballsbridge.

Also, Craig and Eric will be representing District Magazine at the after party in Chelsea Drugstore too, playing some tunes alongside This Greedy Pig and Bodytonic.


Ross Killeen founded Event Junkies in 2011, offering to “film, edit and share any event within 24 hours”. Subsequently, he set up Motherland for projects that needed more blood, sweat and tears.

Listen to him discuss his content, music videos and documentaries, as well as his short film ‘Becoming Men’.

Saturday, 17:15. Future Stage.


Jane McDaid and Kevin Goss Ross from UK and Irish marketing powerhouse Thinkhouse will be on hand at The Future to discuss how they’ve grasped the youth audience by the scruff.

Saturday, 16:00. Future Stage.

Steve McCarthy

Dublin’s Steve McCarthy’s most recent work includes illustrations for Guts Magazine and Another Love Story as well as a collaborative bottle with Jameson in the run up to St Patrick’s Day. We caught up with him in February on our Conversations Podcast.

Friday, 15:15. Vision Stage.

Pip Rush

Ask anyone who’s been to Glastonbury to reel off their favourite aspects of the festival and nine times out of ten you’ll hear the word Arcadia.

Pip Rush is the Creative Director of Arcadia Spectacular, the company behind the iconic installations set up at the festival and all over the world. Find out how ideas like a 50 tonne fire breathing spider came to life.

Friday, 17:15. Vision Stage.

James Earley

One of Ireland’s best street artists and designers, James Earley’s family lineage is steeped in art and design.

We’ve had many a conversation with James, but we’re looking forward to hearing what he has to say on the big stage.

Saturday, 11:45. Vision Stage.

Ilse Crawford

Profiled in the first season of ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ on Netflix, Ilse Crawford is the founder of the Man and Well-Being Department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and established the interiors firm Studio Ilse, which designed the Soho House club in New York, Babington House, the Electric Cinema, and the Hong Kong restaurant Duddell’s, plus pieces for Georg Jensen and IKEA.

Saturday, 18:45. Future Stage.


Berlin based studio Pfadfinderei have been pushing the limits of design and motion graphics for the best part of two decades.

As well as their continued work with Monkeytown Records, Moderat and Modeselektor, they’ve also worked with behemoth companies as diverse as Lacoste, Volvo and Converse.

Friday, 17:15. Studio Stage.

Riposte Magazine

Danielle Pender, founder and editor of one of the most forward thinking publications in print today, Riposte Magazine, will be speaking on Friday.

Now on their eighth issue, each cover is as striking as the content within it. It’s no surprise they sell out every time. This one is an absolute must for us.

Friday, 12:00. Vision Stage.

It’s Nice That

This is where things get tricky, because our number one and two top recommended are on at the same time on Friday.

Founded by Will Hudson & Alex Bec, It’s Nice That is one of the best online sources for all things design, music, fashion and art. They also use the platform to publish a magazine, a summer symposium and a monthly talks series. They also run Anyways, a creative agency that works with Google, BBC, Unilever, Nike, Converse, Metro, ASOS and loads more.

Friday, 19:30. Studio Stage.

Stefan Sagmeister

The headline speaker on Friday is Co-Founder of acclaimed design company Sagmeister & Walsh. He’s designed covers for artists Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, Lou Reed and Jay-Z and co-directed ‘The Happy Film’ documentary.

Friday, 19:30. Studio Stage.

The Future is curated and presented by Creative Director of Modern Green, Richard Seabrooke, who is no stranger to hosting discussion events in Dublin city. Click here for tickets

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