Lynda Relph-Knight is an independent design writer, curator and consultant. A journalist by background, she was editor of Design Week for more than 20 years and has an overview of design in the commercial and public sectors.
She has worked with the British Council on its design policy for South Africa, with UKTI to identify architects and designers to promote overseas and with Future Publishing to set up the Brand Impact Awards. More recently, she set up on an annual retail award for students, working with UK colleges and retailers. She has also helped Ravensbourne to redirect its offer to students to boost its relevance in the changing creative arena.
She works as a writer and mentor, with a number of design and architecture groups. Clients include Brody Associates, D&AD, OPX, Virgin Voyages, John Lewis, Retail Design Expo and the Typographic Circle, for which she wrote a book to commemorate 40 years.
Lynda is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art, a mentor at London College of Communication and has been a visiting fellow of the University of the Arts London She holds an honorary MA in design from University of the Creative Arts. She is an advisor to The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art & Design Saturday Club, a trustee of education charity Creative Conscience and has served on the Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group.
“Are designers capable of understanding, let alone delivering, against the business objectives?” A deliberately provocative title for our panel debate to get designers to discuss their approach and interpretation of their clients business objectives.
Malcolm and Lynda discuss the influence of street graphics seen re-purposed for corporate design over the last few decades.