Design Researchers in Residence Event

Islands Talks: Frith Kerr and Isabel Lea

Join award-winning graphic designer Frith Kerr in conversation with Isabel Lea, Design Researcher in Residence.

What to expect

What role does graphic design play in confronting social and ecological challenges?

Join Frith Kerr, award winning founder of Studio Frith, and Isabel Lea, Design Researcher in Residence at the Design Museum, for an in-depth conversation on practice, process and progress in contemporary graphic design.

The talk builds on Isabel’s work as part of Islands, this year’s residency programme hosted by Future Observatory at the Design Museum.

Tickets to this event include access to Design Researchers in Residence: Islands, the display accompanying this year’s residency programme.

18:00 Islands display opens to visitors (until 19:00)

19:00 Talk begins

19:30 Q&A

19:45 Talk ends

Book online

Booking information

Adult: £5

Student/Concession: Free

Members: Free


Isabel Lea

Lea is a creative director, graphic designer, researcher and co-founder of multidisciplinary design agency ATYPICAL. In 2018-2019, she was Adobe's first UK Creative Resident. She has also worked with agencies in the UK, USA and Scandinavia for clients including Panasonic, Adobe, Bang & Olufsen and The Danish Embassy. She is a Design Researcher in Residence at the Design Museum.

Frith Kerr

Kerr is an award winning graphic designer and founder of Studio Frith celebrated for its original work and exceptional clients. “The go-to graphic designer for creative clients" — New York Times. Frith believes in the power of design as a creative strategic tool to develop and evolve businesses. She is a trustee of the Arts Foundation and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Related display

Researchers in Residence: Islands

A free display of design research responding to the climate crisis by this year's Researchers in Residence.

Future Observatory

Future Observatory

Future Observatory is the Design Museum’s national research programme for the green transition.

In collaboration with AHRC

Future Observatory is coordinated by the Design Museum in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funding independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages, design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence.

Supported by the Idlewild Trust

The Idlewild Trust supports programmes that address the lack of opportunities for professional musicians, dancers, actors, writers, artists and those involved creatively in the arts at an early stage in their career.

Background image: Exhibition photography by Felix Speller. Eroded Expressions typeface by Isabel Lea.