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London Service Design Drinks + Thinks - What's in store for 2010?

I just sent out an email to all the members of the London Service Design Drinks + Thinks mailing list. Here's more or less what it said...

Firstly, thanks for a great 2009 of (global) service design drinks and thinks


A great big thank you to everyone who has come down to the Service Design Drinks and Thinks events that have been held in London over the past year and a half or so. We've really enjoyed all the conversations and connections that we've had and made as a result, and we hope you have too.

The big news for us last year was that the Service Design Drinks concept has now gone global. There are now service design drinks, talks, reading groups and more in Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Sydney, San Francisco and Sao Paulo. If anyone is, or knows anyone who is, planning service design drinks-esque events in other cities, please encourage them to get in touch_ so they can add their cities to the http://www.servicedesigning.org site.

What's in store for 2010? More regular drinking, and even more thinking of course!


The main negative feedback we've had about the drinks events over the past year has been about their slightly random timing. So, we're going to change that for 2010, From now on, we'll have a service design drinks night once a month, every month, on the last Friday of the month.

Next London Service Design Drinks - January 29th, at the Bunch of Grapes, near London Bridge.


We've found a new pub to test out - The Bunch of Grapes. It's a nice old boozer, with an upstairs room that doesn’t play music which should make it good for all those service design conversations. We’ll meet upstairs, and have a sign. Sorry for the late notice on this one, but going forward, with our new regular dates, there's no excuses!

If you would like to come to this event, or any of the next events, please sign up on the eventbrite page (not compulsory of course, but useful for letting people kow who's coming and who to corner). We'll be publishing photos and so on on the main servicedesigning.org pages throughout the year.

If this venue works well, we’ll stick with it for a bit, but if its too full or people don’t like the vibes we can move it. Let us know on the night what you think.

Next London Service Design Thinks - Service Design from Scratch


We're putting together our first Service Design Thinks event of 2010 at the moment. The theme will be 'service design from scratch', and we're hoping to get talks from entrepreneurs who've founded sucessful service organisations, investors in interesting service businesses and some pioneers of service design practice. We're shooting for a mid March date, but we'll release all the details once we've actually sorted it out. The aim is to have four Service Design Thinks events this year.

Here's to 2010


We're really excited about the continued growth of the service design community here in London, and around the world. We hope that these events continue to inspire and provoke conversations and critical reflection about the role and scope of design, and design-led approaches in improving our understanding and experience of service.

It's brilliant fun to be part of such and exciting and blossoming new community of practice. 2010 will bring new service design studios, projects and people to London, and we can't wait to find out more about them all!

Hope to see you on the 29th to continue the conversation!
January 23rd, 2010 / Trackback / Comments