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Welcome to Werkhouse.


9 & 10 June 2018.
Taxi Studio, Bristol.

Following the success of the first werkhouse weekend in 2017, we’re back again this year. This time our weekend workshop is for 2nd year university students, so they can take their experience of Werkhouse into their final year of study. Once again, we’ll be at Taxi Studio, with some of the region’s most respected design industry professionals.

It’ll be a challenge — a deep dive into the creative and interpersonal skills you need to succeed in a design studio. We’ll show you how we rapidly develop concepts for clients and help you to sell your ideas. We’ll do this with a project scenario, five teams and some real pressure - to better prepare you for what design businesses need. Applications are now closed.


"My University course didn't give me an idea of what working on a real studio brief would be like."

Maria Centola,
Werkhouse 2017 participant


"As studio owners, many of us felt that design students could benefit from an introduction to real studio life."

Tim Ward,
Head of Design


Putting an idea
into action.

In 2017 a small group of design professionals from Bristol and Bath got together to deliberate the changing needs of the commercial design industry. How can graduates avoid the shock of deadlines and client negotiation when they enter a real studio environment? Are there other pathways for those talented and creative thinkers for whom university is unaffordable or is just not part of their family’s — or their own — expectation?

What started as a small group of like-minded colleagues, grew to a team of 20 design professionals, and the idea of Werkhouse was born. Werkhouse would be a weekend workshop of studio-led design training; fast-paced, client focussed and team oriented.


"It was great getting the chance to lead a creative team."

David Gordon, Designer


"werkhouse was brilliant, met some lovely people and learnt so much."

Felicity Burfoot, Graduate


32 young creatives,
18 design professionals,
1 weekend...

werkhouse 2017


"Genuinely impressed by the ideas generated by the teams. Well done all involved"

James Caig, Creative Director.


Training new
creative leads.

Participants at werkhouse worked in teams, each led by a designer. Senior professionals rotated throughout to provide their input and ensure that all participants got time with everybody involved. This way of structuring the group work also gave younger designers from the studios involved an invaluable experience in leading a creative team.