WAYNE TALKS

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Wayne does talks on housing, the power of design to “improve things that matter in life”, entrepreneurial & marketing, social and cultural responsibility of companies and his career history. Red or Dead and the building of The Vintage Festival events and brand are truly remarkable warts and all stories.

"Saw you at Fridays gig in Liverpool, great presentation. I owned a pair of those Red or Dead steel toe capped shoes back in the day they ruined my feet at Glastonbury so I swapped them for a bottle of Thunderbird Red. Not polishing your head but keep on doing great stuff and being a stand out Wayne." - Wayne Malcolm, Managing Director, Bread Media

"Just a note to thank you for the fantastic talk that you delivered to Midland Heart conference yesterday, you have obviously had a diverse and interesting journey. I was fascinated by your talk and could have listened for hours, its not often you hear of people developing their entrepreneurial career purely by accident, as yours appears to be." -  Sue Rechter, Quality Manager, Midland Heart 

"Thanks for the warmly delivered kick up the arse at yesterday's conference." - Stu Churchill, Initiatives Manager, Cultura Technologies

"Inspirational, funny and engaging is a hard combination to pull off, I think we were all riveted!" - Dave Ashall, Project Manager, Midland Heart

"Wayne Hemingway MBE who I loved ever since I heard him say he never wanted to be 40+ and still wearing jeans, (he does do other stuff) was as entertaining and as political as I remember at the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence. HemingwayDesign is truly one of the best executed brands and series of concepts I have seen, simple, direct, clear. The KiosKiosK model is start up and innovation genius. If you get the chance get in a room with the guy and listen, you will without a doubt learn something or at least be energised to go off and think harder." - Graeme Gordon CEO at IFB

"On behalf of everyone at Kent Housing Group thank you very much for coming along to our Seminar and giving such an inspirational presentation. The feedback from delegates is that your presentation was the highlight of the day and we are extremely grateful that you were able to spare the time to be there." - Jill Pells, Partnership Manager, Kent Housing Group

"I wanted to thank you for an absolutely excellent talk at our meeting on Friday evening. We have had universally good feedback with our staff finding you both entertaining and thought provoking which was exactly what we wanted. You have a fascinating story and a great approach to life which comes across so naturally in the way you present, giving great credence to your call for action without lecturing. It was a delight to listen to and the interesting thing for me was that a number of the audience left with the stated intent of doing something different." - David Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Polypipe

"Wayne, what an excellent life story. Really enjoyed where you came from, how you did it, and where it has taken you. Also understanding the social initiatives you are now passionate about was good to hear. There needs to be more people in the world with your values." - Mick White, Senior Network Administrator, Polypipe

Entreprenuerial Start Up’s and Creative Industries Education:  Wayne truly has a rags to riches story. From a market stall to building internationally renowned brands the story is uplifting, inspirational and often very funny! Just to say thanks for a great lecture last week - feedback has been very positive. My favorite from the twitter feeds is:

BethKing28 "Wayne Hemingway - such a fu*king inspiration! I love you x"

“In a way, even though the talk today was not about career advice, it was actually the best career advice speech I have ever heard. Wayne Hemingway – class.”

"I just wanted to say how awesome I thought your speech was for the Enterprise North East Awards. You are the first after dinner speaker I have seen who hasn't made me switch off and head for a drink or check Facebook." - Isla Stewart, Business Development Manager

Brand Building, Marketing and Leadership: Wayne explores the contrasts and synergies between building Red or Dead in the 80s, before the internet and building the Vintage brand using social networking/digital marketing.

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Wayne does regular “Leadership Talks” to the BBC team leaders. “As always, you managed to engage and provoke thinking in our BBC leaders and I had many asking me to send you their personal thanks.” Roger Cole BBC

“The team have often quoted you since your session and we as one team have reinvigorated each other on the need to live true to what we passionately believe is the right way to do things.”

"Just wanted to thank you for your session at the Visionary Leadership programme. Here are some comments that the delegates highlighted about your session:

Most valuable insight "Wayne - do something you believe in; if it works, do it some more. Always keep an open mind and learn as you go."


"Be curious and inquisitive; work hard; do your homework! Know who you are and what it is you do well and do that."

"Self belief and passion are key to creative success."

"Really inspirational and chimed with values I think are important. Fascinating to see how far an individual can go when working unconstrained in a commercial world."

"He's straightforward, focused and willing to be interested in a whole heap of things outside his area of 'expertise' because he is interested in what it is to be alive and to have values." Linda Green BBC

I just wanted to extend a big thank you to you and Wayne for helping to make our big event the best lecture the University of Dundee has ever had. - Joanna Jones, The London Speaker Bureau

Wh Tran 21Housing and Urban Design and Architecture: Over the past decade Hemingway Design have delivered a number of high profile and award winning affordable new build housing schemes, work on 'turning round' some troubled estates and have extensive worldwide knowledge of great urban design and architecture. Wayne was the chairman of the 'place making campaigning body', Building For Life for the past 8 years and now sits on the Trustee Board of CABE (Commission for Architecture and Built Environment). His views are political, often controversial, and as Hemingway Design works with some of Britain’s largest house builders, are from the 'inside' of industry that has a significant impact on the economy and our well being.

Clare O'Neill‏@clare_oneill24 Mar 11: Wayne Hemingway - hilarious, inspiring go-getter. Brilliant keynote ‪#iodconference

Design: The story of being a designer for 30 years always goes down well with brands, businesses and educationalists. This talk encompasses roles as director of The British Fashion Council, to chair design body, The South East Design Forum as well as being on The Trustee Board of the Design Council. Wayne has some eye opening insights as to how creativity can impact on the bottom line. Current clients include McDonalds, Coca Cola, Nissan, as well as many retailers such as John Lewis. There are dozens of funny and strange happenings during these 30 years.

"Just wanted to say a quick thank you for what was a fantastic presentation you made at the recent IOD Northwest event. Many 'done well's in the business world have an interesting story to tell, but the way in which you conveyed yours was captivating and it was a pleasure to listen.

Your passion for the causes you feel strongly about is inspiring, and as somebody with (what I like to think is) a strong moral compass myself it was great to see somebody else with aligned views. House building planning 'crimes' throughout the UK, artificially inflated commercial property pension fund short term thinking bull shit, LFW protest against France etc etc...all pleasantly reassuring to know that other people don't just sit back and take these things for granted.

As a young director of a company myself I found it really interesting both from a personal and business perspective and would like to thank you once again for making it a worthwhile day out of the office". - Kieran Gately

Vintage Avatar A6 CopyA new story to tell is the story of Vintage: Described by many as the most ambitious and coolest festival start up ever, the story of identifying an opportunity in the market, designing and delivering a summer festival for 50,000 people from scratch. The assembly of the team of designers, collaborators, bands, artists and designers, volunteers, the viral and street led campaign is an amazing and visually stunning story, full of disasters and triumphs. This is a modern tale about creating an internationally recognized brand and becoming a leading name in the competitive festival market in a matter of months and of the resulting product spin offs including being asked to co curate the official Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant Festival in June 2012 for 70,000 in Battersea Park.

“This modern tale of creating a multi faceted brand focusing on heritage but using modern technology and forward thinking marketing techniques is exciting.”

“I had the pleasure of listening to Wayne Hemingway on Wednesday. He was performing a Masterclass in Events and Festivals – a two-hour presentation to an interested audience – but I wish that I could have somehow bottled his enthusiasm and words and sent them off to every career advisor, teacher and politician in the land.”

The social and cultural responsibility of Companies, Corporations and individuals: We have come to learn how large corporations increasingly care and share our belief about 'improving things that matter in life'. We have worked with McDonalds, Coca Cola, Cafe Direct and others on responsible products. There are many avenues to explore here!

Wayne Does Radio:

Wayne's Secret World of The Organ was the BBC's Pick of The Week on Sunday 15th 2014.

Our Town Centers Will Survive Closure of HMV, Jessops and Blockbuster:


Design In Action: Wayne Hemingway


Wayne Hemingway 16.05.13 from Design in Action on Vimeo.

Wayne Talking Through Things that Matter In Life:


Wayne Does TV:

Bouffants, Beehives and Bobs: The Hairstyles That Shaped Britain - Narrated by Wayne

Conference Hosting & Awards Ceremonies: 

Wayne also hosts conferences and award ceremonies. He scrubs up well and look quite good in a black tie.

For bookings at conferences/universities/dinner events/company gatherings or for enquiries about Wayne hosting awards events then email info@hemingwaydesign.co.uk

Here 2013: Wayne Hemingway with a dose of innovation to start your day

Click here for an extract of a talk at Westminster Sustainable Cities Conference Dec 2007

Click here for a students testimonial on Wayne's design practise talk

Click here for a testimonial from the British Coatings Federation

Click here to listen to Wayne talking about creativity and the use of Adobe for digital design

Click here to read Wayne Hemingway on Design

Click here to watch Industry Voices: Wayne Hemingway

A Talk About Starting Out and Staying True to DIY Principles: