Late Debate: Designing the Tube | London Transport Museum

late-debatedesigning-the-tube_a5_flyerLate Debate: Designing the Tube

London Transport Museum

Date: Thursday 26 January 2017
Time: 18.45 – 22.30

Weaving Futures residents will be taking part in a PechaKucha* events during the late debate and there will also be a workshop running in the Designology Studio  with live TC2 jacquard loom weaving.

Interactive talks and debates:

  • Tales from Weaving Futures: Fast paced designology studio presentations
  • Off the Rails: Learning from the past and influencing the future
  • Connect or forget: Explore how changes to the network shape communities
  • Delight and surprise: Art, ads, culture? What makes your journey matter?

 Serious play activities:

  • Bar and live music
  • Network mapping on a big scale
  • Secrets behind the Tube map
  • Illustrate an idiom: exploring station design
  • Digital weaving
  • Meet the authors and designers

Late Debate on the evening of 26 January 2017. Guests will be able to enjoy interactive debates, talks and workshops, as well as a bar, live music and the Museum’s special Designology exhibition.


Guests will have the chance to join one of four keynote talks and debates by leading industry experts, designers and authors.

  • Tales from Weaving Futures: Powered by PechaKucha*: Enjoy a PechaKucha of textile tales, design debates and weaving wonders. All brought to you by the designers, artists and industry professionals involved the Designology Weaving Futures Exhibition studio programme.
  • Off the Rails: Learning from the past and influencing the future: In this panel discussion, expert historians, authors and contemporary designers will explore designing for the railways, sharing learning from past and debating recommendations for the future.
  • Connect or forget: Powered by New London Architecture: Work with New London Architecture and a panel of expert speakers to consider how the Tube, and wider transport network, has the ability to connect or forget regions and communities.
  • Delight and surprise: Explore how our journeys can be impacted through moments of delight and surprise, and how such moments make us a world class leader in design. Give your views on how important it is for our stations to celebrate heritage, promote a sense of nature, engage with art and culture, and make an impact through well curated advertising.

 Hosts and speakers in alphabetical order include: David Lawrence, Kingston University professor and author; Declan McCafferty, Partner at Grimshaw Architects; Dominique Caplan, Gainsborough Weaving; Geoff Marshall, Londonist Video Journalist; Glenn Iceton, Group Agency Sales Director, Exterion Media; Jessica Vaughan, Curator of Art on the Underground; Larissa Kunstel-Tabet and Renee Verhoeven, Takram; Linda Florence, printed textile designer and senior lecturer Central Saint Martins; Mike Ashworth, Design & Heritage Manager at London Underground; Mike Walton, London Transport Museum; Nick Tyler, University College London professor and author; Paul Priestman Designer, Chairman of PriestmanGoode; Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture; Philippa Brock, Weaveshed; Sam Richards, Head of Urban Integration at Crossrail; Samuel Dempsey, Product & Critical Designer; Wallace Henning, Designer at Koto and reproducer of the British Rail Corporate Identity Manual; Will Sandy, Edible Bus stop. All other speakers and contributors to be announced in January 2017.


As well as debates and talks guests can get involved in some fun but serious play, offering the chance to explore and create, as well as enjoy the Museum and network with other guests. Serious play activity includes:

  • Live music: Busking sounds of voice, harmonica and hammered dulcimer* extraordinaire Ben Henry Edwards, accompanied by Sam Lewis.
  • Network mapping: Work with New London Architecture in a giant mapping activity. Use coloured threads to highlight and explore the web of our combined modes, routes and communities across London, inspired by the Connect or Forget debate.
  • Secrets behind the Tube map: Work with Tube obsessed Londonist Video Journalist Geoff Marshall to explore the history, anomalies and oddities of our much loved London Underground Map. Then have a go at creating your own Tube map for London.
  • Illustrate an idiom: Explore station design through our new Crossrail exhibition and Transport for London’s beautiful Underground Station Design Idiom. Then have fun coming up with your own station designs and idiom illustrations.
  • Digital weaving: Drop into the Designology studio and meet our resident Weaving Futures curators and weavers. Watch live weaving on a state-of-the-art TC2 digital jacquard loom and try your hand at a ‘weave inspired’ activity.
  • Meet the authors and designers: Meet David Lawrence, author of British Rail Designed 1948-97, Nick Tyler, author of Accessibility and the Bus System: Transforming the World and Wallace Henning, Designer at Koto, who has just succeeded in reproducing the British Rail Corporate Identity Manual.


  • 18:45 Doors open
  • 19:00 – 19:45 Tales from Weaving Futures – PechaKucha Round 1
  • 19:15 – Serious play – guests have the chance to take a circuit around the Museum to meet experts, take part in activities, enjoy live music, a bar and other interactions.
  • 19:50: Mike Ashworth to open the debates
  • 20:00 – 21:00 Debates and talks start
  • 21:00 Serious play – As above
  • 21:15 – 22:00 Tales from Weaving Futures – PechaKucha Round 2
  • 22:30 Doors close

The Late Debate is part of the Designology exhibition which celebrates London’s internationally recognised iconography and explores the influence that thoughtful and persuasive design has on our daily experiences of the urban environment.

The exhibition is accompanied by a wide programme of events including themed adults-only Friday Lates, talks and Late Debates, as well as a pop up design Studio – an exciting part of the exhibition space which gives visitors of all ages the chance to meet professional and student designers in residence and get involved in their work.

Tickets to the Late Debate cost £12 (£10 concessions) and are for adults only (18+). Tickets can be bought online at Guests who enter the code LATEDEBATE save 25% if you book online. For advance booking information, call +44 (0)20 7565 7298.

Designology and the Late Debate are part of London Transport Museum and Transport for London’s Transported by Design season, supported by Exterion Media. The 18-month programme of events and exhibitions will explore good design on the transport network and its role in the lives of the millions of customers who use it each day.

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