With a career spanning four decades in the design industry, Wayne Hemingway has a fair few stories to tell and lessons to give – and people love to hear them.
His talks are insightful, thought-provoking, inspiring, often hilarious and always truthful, warts and all.
Wayne's Life Story
Wayne Hemingway's rise to success was a rather unusual one, with his big break on a Camden market stall and a segue into housing design due to a scathing piece he wrote for The Independent. Audiences are riveted by his rags-to-Red or Dead tale and how Wayne has continued to push himself creatively, wherever his career may take him.
Wayne's Career History
This talk encompasses Wayne Hemingway's erstwhile role as Director of The British Fashion Council, to being on The Trustee Board of the Design Council and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Wayne's eye-opening insights on how creativity can have social and societal impact and also enhance the bottom line are endlessly riveting and provide real talking points for business owners, employees and students alike.
Brand building, Marketing and Leadership
Wayne Hemingway explores the contrasts and synergies between building Red or Dead in the 1980s, before the internet, and building the Vintage brand using social networking and digital marketing, along with effective and creative leadership techniques.
Regeneration, Housing, Urban Design and Architecture
Over the past decade, Hemingway Design has delivered a number of high profile and award-winning affordable new build housing schemes, 'turned around' troubled estates, have a string of high impact seaside regeneration projects under their belts and an extensive worldwide knowledge of creative led regeneration, great urban design and architecture.
Wayne was the chairman of the place-making campaigning body Building For Life for eight years and sits on the Trustee Board of CABE (Commission for Architecture and Built Environment). His views are political, often controversial, and as HemingwayDesign works with some of Britain’s largest house builders, is able to comment on the state of an industry which has a significant impact on the economy and our well being.
Described by many as the most ambitious and coolest festival start-up ever, this is the story of The Vintage Festival: identifying an opportunity in the market, then designing and delivering a summer festival for 50,000 people from scratch.
The assembly of the team of designers, collaborators, bands, artists and designers, volunteers, plus the viral and street-led campaign, is an amazing and visually stunning chain of events, full of disasters and triumphs.
Now an internationally recognised brand with some interesting spin-offs (including the Classic Car Boot Sale and Festival of Thrift) and a leading name in the competitive festival market, Vintage is the events arm to Hemingway Design and has a string of successes to its name, including the official The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant Festival in June 2012 for 70,000 in Battersea Park and the Transatlantic 175 event that attracted 250,000 to Liverpool’s Waterfront in 2015.
Social and Cultural Responsibility of Companies, Corporations and Individuals
We have come to learn how large corporations increasingly care and share our belief about 'improving things that matter in life'. Wayne Hemingway has worked with McDonalds, Coca Cola, Cafe Direct and others on responsible products, and there are many avenues he loves to explore on this theme.