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About Journeys in Design

Journeys in Design is a series of initiatives exploring where Design meets well-being and sustainable futures, engaging local communities, reaching out internationally, setting Scotland’s Design talent in context.

Journeys in Design follows two intersecting pathways:

Making Well explores where mindful design meets well-being for individuals and communities, drawing on the power of creative thinking and doing and a wealth of related talent in Scotland.

Inaugurated in 2014, this pathway includes our Walks by Design, Workshops, Creative Encounters and our Twilight Talks about Design, the longest running independent series of dedicated design talks in Scotland.

Material World platforms contemporary Scottish Design in context, drawing on Scotland's rich trading heritage, record of industrial and material innovation and efforts to create a zero waste and circular economy.
Inaugurated in 2017 with Our Linen Stories, we focus on a different material with each iteration, including Seaweed in Salvage Scotland and Concrete Designs to Thrive, commencing 2021.

“I hope our Journeys in Design contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities alike, as we share the creative energy of those we meet en route.” Dr John Ennis Curator

Our Team


Dr John Ennis
Curator & Producer

Benjamin Hanyecz
Archive & Design

Liz Beaton

Abid Nazir
Accounts & Admin

Our History

Journeys in Design emerged in 2017 from our venues in Edinburgh off Gayfield Square at the top of Leith Walk: visit the Gayfield Creative Spaces archive here. John acquired the former tyre depot for conversion into Gallery and Studio spaces by Oliver Chapman Architects in 2000, further developing the complex in 2012 with GRAS Architects. Over 16 years in operation, the building gave space and support to emerging gallerists, artists, designers and makers forming a creative hub of innovative collaboration in the capital, and informing our onward journeys across Scotland and beyond. 

“It is a privilege to co-design our programmes in a country of such impressive creative talent, producing our events in diverse locations across Scotland and beyond.” Dr John Ennis Curator