A selection of resources for networking in the creative industries

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We’ve put together a list of online and in-person resources for building and growing your creative community — from supportive spaces on the internet to collectives, gatherings and festivals. Dive into the links below to explore where you might be able to find new connections who share your interests and ambitions.

Creative careers spaces

Behance

From Adobe, Behance is the world's largest creative network for showcasing and discovering creative work. Create a profile for free and publish Projects in the form of images, videos and other digital content. Follow other users to grow your online community and get updates on their latest projects. Meanwhile, Behance curators search the platform for inspiring projects to showcase as Featured content.

behance.net | Instagram

Instagram

It may sound like an obvious suggestion but Instagram is still a super-simple and effective way to capture, edit and share photos and videos with your network. Keep your profile current, professional and consistently high-quality, but you may also want to use Instagram to explore sharing personal insights and opinions around your work. Comments and DMs allow for immediate, informal interactions with your audiences.

instagram.com | Instagram

LinkedIn

LinkedIn's mission is to connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. It’s a free-to-use social network that focuses on professional networking and career development. You can use LinkedIn to present your CV, search for jobs, and interact with other users.

linkedin.com

The Dots

The Dots offer professional networking “for the new world of work”. Get expert advice, meet potential collaborators, find jobs and upskill at events.

the-dots.com | Instagram


Inclusive spaces

Access VFX

ACCESS:VFX is a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies and educational establishments in the VFX, animation and games industries. It focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity.

accessvfx.org | Instagram

Design by Women

Design by Women aims to showcase and celebrate women, gender expansive and gender non-conforming creatives currently working in the design industry and to inspire emerging under-represented creatives to pursue a career in design.

designby-women.com | Instagram

I LIKE NETWORKING

I LIKE NETWORKING is the leading career platform for women and non-binary people in the creative industries. Their mission is to help individuals thrive in their creative careers, and connect companies and organisations with diverse talent and resources.

ilikenetworking.uk | Instagram

Pocc

The Pocc members community is a space for creative professionals of the African, Caribbean and Asian diasporas to come together, connect and create. Pocc supports creative professionals of the global majority through member’s platforms, scholarships, events and opportunities.

wearepocc.com/... | Instagram


Regular gatherings

Creative Mornings

Based on the simple concept of breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month, Creative Mornings are free of charge and open to anyone. Attendees gather in cities around the world and online to enjoy creative connections, inspiring community, and generous opportunities.

creativemornings.com | Instagram

Ladies, Wine & Design

Ladies, Wine & Design is a global non-profit initiative with chapters in over 285 cities worldwide. Its mission is to see more diversity in the creative industry, especially within leadership roles, by offering free mentorship circles, portfolio reviews, talks and creative meetups for underrepresented creatives.

ladieswinedesign.com | Instagram

Nicer Tuesdays

On the last Tuesday of every month, It’s Nice That hosts an evening of creative talks at London’s Oval Space. Fun, candid and ever-eclectic, the talks are a source of inspiration for creative people of all types from across the globe.

itsnicethat.com/... | Instagram

She Says

SheSays is an award-winning organisation running free mentorship and events for women in the creative industry. Having run over 531 events to date, it has a presence in 55 cities around the world, with an estimated 70,000 members. So far it has upskilled approximately 37,170 people.

weareshesays.com/... | Instagram

The Typographic Circle

The Typographic Circle is a not-for-profit organisation, staging lectures and events by creative industry leading individuals and companies. Recent speakers have included talent from renowned studios Accept & Proceed and DNCO.

Instagram


Design festivals and conferences

Birmingham Design Festival

Birmingham Design Festival is a celebration of the local, national and international design industry held in Birmingham in June. 2022’s event saw over 80 speakers from across graphic design, digital design, product design and illustration.

birminghamdesignfestival.org.uk | Instagram

First Round

First Round is a one-day showcase of original presentations made to clients showing initial design explorations for logo, identity, and branding projects. Share the highs and lows of the creative working process. Attend in person or watch online.

underconsideration.com/... | Instagram

Leeds Digital Festival

The Leeds Digital Festival is an open, collaborative celebration of digital culture in all its forms – coding, fintech, social media, AI, healthtech, data, start-ups, digital music, cyber security and AR/VR. It’s the largest and most open tech event in the UK.

leedsdigitalfestival.org | Instagram

London Design Festival

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes the city as a design capital on the global stage. As one of the world’s leading design events, the Festival has also served as the blueprint for design weeks and festivals globally and continues to be a key moment on the cultural calendar.

londondesignfestival.com | Instagram

UK Creative Festival

The UK Creative Festival is a three-day festival at Dreamland in Margate, celebrating the best of the UK Creative Industries, whilst creating pathways for aspiring young creatives. Enjoy talks, workshops, panels, wellness activities, and social events. Also home to the UK’s first free-to-access creative careers fair.

ukcreativefestival.co.uk | Instagram

Upgrade Yourself Festival

Powered by Squarespace, Upgrade Yourself Festival takes place at Somerset House and grants 16-24 year olds exclusive access to trailblazing creatives and industry experts via talks, workshops, and mentoring sessions.

somersethouse.org.uk/...

What Can Design Do

What Design Can Do organises annual conferences on design and innovation in different cities across the world. Each WDCD Live event is a bee hive of change makers from a multidisciplinary background, where connections are made and a cross-pollination of ideas takes place.

whatdesigncando.com | Instagram

York Design Week

York Design Week is an annual multidisciplinary festival offering a programme of events, workshops, talks, exhibitions, and performances. Its aim is to utilise community engagement and co-design to nurture better design, decision-making, and systems change.

yorkdesignweek.com | Instagram

We’ll keep reviewing and adding to this list. If you’ve discovered a brilliant networking resource you think should be included, get in touch using the email address below.


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