ONLINE EVENT// Talking Heads: Shifting Gears

  • 31 Mar 2020
  • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM


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Creative Edinburgh’s Talking Heads is back!

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we've had to do some gear shifts ourselves. Talking Heads will now be brought to you digitally on Tuesday 31st March via Zoom Webinar. Join us with a beer and a slice from the comfort of your sofa for an evening of creative inspiration!

Talking Heads invites folks from across the creative industries to share their story. Our theme for the evening is Shifting Gears, welcoming speakers who'll share the pivots, changes, innovative ideas and brave decisions that result in no one creative career path ever looking the same.

Alongside our talks, we'll be asking you to share stories, doodles and photos that reflect on your creative journey and the shifts you might of undergone (present times most definitely included!). We'll check in throughout the evening!

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Thank you to our line up of amazing speakers who are taking time to prepare talks amidst all that's happening! More announcements to come before Tuesday... 

Elena Höge - Founder + Game Designer of Yaldi Games

Elena is a Game Designer who came to Scotland for her Masters and stayed for the weather. Merging her passion for games and love of learning she founded Yaldi Games: an educational game developer with a social mission.

Professor Chris Speed - Director of Centre for Design Informatics

Chris is Director for the Centre for Design Informatics where he collaborates with a wide variety of partners to explore how design provides methods to adapt and create products and services within a networked society. He is especially favours transgressive design interventions, to help identify and promote the values we care about most.

Johanna Holton - Director of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at University of Edinburgh

From volleyball courts to cities, different sectors to different cultures, Johanna has spent her life shifting gears. For nearly 20 years, she has kickstarted programmes for social good in higher education, active transport, sport & culture, and international development. She believes that bravery and boldness are essential to meaningful work and a good life.

Denis Mallon - Creative Design Lead at Flow Hospitality

Over his career in interactive and motion graphics, Denis has worked on digital media for a wide range of clients, including Channel 4, NHS, Glasgow 2014, Scottish Government, Bacardi and Diageo. Since 2019, Denis has been leading the creative team for Flow, a learning technology provider specialising in hospitality.

Carrie Maginn - Interior Designer, Carrie Susan Interiors

An Interior Design practice inspired by the natural world, minimalist cultures and South American colour palettes, aiming to offer practical, affordable and creative solutions. Carrie is also an Airbnb Superhost and a Pilates teacher.

Donald Taylor - Co-Founder of Hidden Trax

Donald is co-founder of Hidden Trax, which delivers city podcast adventures, championing local voices. This followed 20 years with Microsoft in global executive roles, living in the USA, Germany and India. Prior to that he had his own consulting business in Edinburgh.

Not attended a digital event before?

1. Register for your ticket

2. Receive a digital link straight to your inbox before the event

3. Follow the link and watch live!

We'll be streaming from 18:15 with the main event starting around 18:30. Camera shy? Don't worry, you won't be 'in' the action, just viewing it!

Donating to this event

We've opted to make tickets free for this event so as many of you as possible can join. If you can afford to contribute, we've opened donations - we recommend a £5 per ticket.

50% of your donation will go toward programme costs; the remaining 50% will be donated to relief funds supporting those working in the creative industries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our chosen fund for this event is The Emergency Art Workers Support Fund, administered and managed by Visual Arts Scotland. Learn more here.

Still got questions? Email Thank you for your support.


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