In 2014, Lior had been running small workshops at the London Design Festival for the past couple of years. She wondered why other service designers weren't getting more involved and so decided to start organising her network of service designers to take part too. This was the seed and vision for the full-scale festival that would eventually take place in 2015, but we had ambitions of making a halfway point happen as soon as possible.
Just three months later, against much adversity, but with the generous enthusiasm from STBY and others in the service design community, we put on an afternoon event in Old Sessions House in Farringdon with Designersblock. This took place on the third floor around a reconstructed tree that was exhibiting newly designed light bulbs by Plumen.
There were 5 speakers and one co-design workshop. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
In 2015, rather than holding another similar-scale event to the year before, we decided to make it much, much bigger. We made that decision in July - we had 2 months to make it happen!
We ended up making it into a proper festival with 15 events in service design studios around London, as well as a hub in the Oxo Tower with Designersblock.
We’ve since heard the fantastic news that some attendees secured jobs as a result of the festival, and others got the impetus to make the leap into service design. We're still getting lovely feedback from people months later about how enjoyable and helpful the 2015 festival was to them and are looking forward to doing it all again in 2016.