Glug Birmingham – Collectors Edition Part II

A celebration of the compulsion to collect, the importance of archives and the desire to share. This event has happened, but all videos are now available to watch on demand.

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  • 7:00PM – 8:50PM

    Assembled here is an amazing line-up of talented speakers who know more than a thing or two about this subject. This carefully curated bunch will speak on their unique motivations, experiences & outlooks.

  • 9:00PM – 9:30PM

    Live Q & A with speakers

    After the talks in typical Glug style there'll be a live Q&A, which is your opportunity to be part of the conversation and dig even deeper into the collectors psyche!

    So get comfy, grab a drink (pretend its DDC) and be sure to say hi in the comments.


  • Annie Atkins

    Annie Atkins specialises in graphic design for filmmaking. Atkins designed the graphic props for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs, and Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck, among other Hollywood films. Originally from Wales, Atkins is now based in Dublin, Ireland.


  • Blair Thomson


    Founder and Creative Director of brand design studio Believe in® with studios in the UK and Canada (where he is based). Born in the height of Canada’s golden age of design and an influence he would not shake. A harmony between strategic foundation, unique ideas and beautiful outcomes lie at the heart of Blair's approach and design processes. He is the collector behind @graphilately on instagram and co-author of the first Unit Editions Archive Series title ‘Graphic Stamps’. In 2017 Blair launched Canada Modern, a physical archive of Canadian Graphic Design from the period 1960—1985, work with modernism central to its glowing heart.

    Canada Modern
    Website / Twitter / Instagram

    Believe in
    Website / Twitter / Instagram

    Graphic Stamps
    Twitter / Instagram

  • Dines

    Dines is a celebrated Creative Director and international keynote speaker based in London UK. He's currently active as Founder & Creative Director of multi award-winning creative agency STUDIO BLUP® London.

    Dines has had the pleasure of producing creative direction, brand consultancy and digital creations for a diverse array of companies and publications worldwide, and enjoys a collaborative relationship with many of the industry's top brands such as Universal Music, Nike, Adidas, Fifa, Levis, Hasbro, Sony Music and BBC.

    Web / Instagram

    Studio Blup
    Web / Instagram

  • Briar Levit

    Associate Professor of Graphic Design

    Briar Levit spent her early career in publishing.She was previously the Art Director of Bitch magazine and a book designer. More recently, her feature-length documentary, Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production (2017) established an obsession with design history—particularly aspects not in the canon. She is currently collaborating on The People’s Graphic Design Archive and editing a book of essays about unheard design histories of women. Levit is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University.

    Website / Graphic Means / Peoples Graphic Design Archive

  • Janine Vangool

    UPPERCASE publisher / editor / designer

    At UPPERCASE publishing, Janine Vangool creates books and magazines inspired by design, typography, illustration and craft. Janine got her start working as a freelance graphic designer for arts and culture clients. She has been a shop owner and bookseller, gallery curator, sold a line of greeting cards wholesale, made 10,000 books by hand (with lots of help!) and has sewn her own products for retail. She has a particular fondness for vintage things, a passion that has inspired a book about typewriters and an entire UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration. She lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband Glen (board game designer and proprietor of Wheelhouse Games) and their curious 10-year-old son.

    Website / Twitter / Instagram

  • Kelly Walters

    Kelly Walters is a designer, educator and researcher whose work investigates Black cultural vernacular in mainstream media. She is founder of Bright Polka Dot, an interdisciplinary design practice that works across platforms to create exhibitions, installations, publications and digital design experiences for cultural and commercial institutions.

    The work of Bright Polka Dot and Kelly Walters has been recognized by Graphis, It’s Nice That, Communication Arts, The One Club and AIGA Eye on Design. In her ongoing design research, she interrogates the complexities of identity formation, systems of value and the shared vernacular in and around Black visual culture. She is the author of Black, Brown + Latinx Designers: Conversations on Design and Race and the Associate Director of the BFA Communication Design Program at Parsons School of Design in New York. 

  • Matthew Caldwell

    Designer & Founder of 1 Shilling

    Being born into an Aston Villa family in 1994 has sadly left Matthew Caldwell with few memories of football success – but that hasn’t stopped him collecting match programmes from 30 years before his birth. He’s the curator of the Instagram blog @1_shilling, which showcases the finest forgotten programme designs to have graced the beautiful game.

    Matthew is a Designer at London studio DixonBaxi, helping to create innovative forms of communication for some of the world’s best-known companies. But to keep him grounded he also designs the programme for his local club Peckham Town FC every weekend.


  • Patrick Fry

    Graphic designer and publisher

    Patrick Fry is a graphic designer from London producing branding, publications, exhibitions and packaging. Patrick founded CentreCentre in 2018, a publishing house that celebrates unexpected collections of art and design.


    Centre Centre
    Website / Instagram