Brighton Digital Festival 2013 offers over 100 creative events this September

Throughout September, the city will see a wealth of conferences, exhibitions, hackathons and more around graphic and web design, games, making and digital fine art. Check out our guide to the best ones to visit.

Running throughout September, the Brighton Digital Festival 2013 will see a wealth of conferences, exhibitions, hackathons and more based around sbujects from graphic and web design to games, making and digital fine art.

At its heart are three key conferences: Reasons to be Creative, dConstruct and Improving Reality – while a large number of smaller events are taking place in halls, offices, bars and even in squares and on walls throughout the town.

Reasons to be Creative

Reasons to be Creative is the key event for Digital Arts readers. Previously known as Flash on the Beach, the conference brings together graphic and interactive designers, illustrators, coders, animators and filmmakers.

Speakers this year include potty-mouthed drawer Mr Bingo, arch-doodler Jon Burgerman (right, top at Flash on the Beach on 2011), interactive experience designers Hellcar and Lewis, serial nudist Stefan Sagmeister, senior designer at Google and long-term Digital Arts contributor Fabio Sasso (right, bottom right), and type guru Erik Spiekermann (right, bottom left).

Other familiar faces to regular Digital Arts readers appearing include Geri Coady and Elliot Jay Stocks.

Reasons to be Creative runs from September 2-4 at the Brighton Dome. Tickets cost £299. Stefan, This is Responsive's Brad Frost and Hellicar & Lewis are also running workshops on Sep 1, though Stefans is already sold out.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of the events at the Brighton Digital Festival.


Curated by Brighton-based UX agency Clearleft, dConstruct is the festival’s most popular conference.

Aimed at web designers and developers, it gathers some of the brightest minds in the design community to explore big issues in the digital industry today. Speakers include cyborg anthropologist Amber Case, writer Maciej Ceg?owski and Adam and Joe's Adam Buxton

dConstruct is on September 6 and costs £135.

William Latham's Mutator 1 + 2

Throughout the 1980s and 90s, William Latham worked as one of the UK’s pioneering computer artists, producing cover art for The Shamen and one of the first interactive art CD-ROMs, Organic Art.

His work blends organic imagery and computer animation in order to create complex 3D futuristic organisms, such as that shown right. Latham’s first major exhibition in the UK for over 20 years, Mutator 1 + 2 will include early hand-drawn work, large computer generated Cibachrome prints, video art and projected imagery.

It runs from September 7-29 at the Phoenix.

Mini Maker Faire

In addition to the conferences, exhibitions and talks, The Brighton Digital Festival also has a range of family friendly events. These include the Mini Maker Faire, which returns for its third year on September 7 ar the Corn Exchange.

Celebrating the Maker movement, the faire features robots, crafters, science, coding, games and toys, metal and woodworking, model-making, costumes, and homebrew electronics – and oddities such as that shown right.

Advertisement. Article continues below

Improving Reality

Lighthouse's digital culture conference Improving Reality is returning for a third year on September 5.

Expect tours through worlds that artists are growing rather than making, critical revelations of the systems and infrastructures that shape our world, and narratives of radical alternative futures.


Usually with fireworks you have to stand well bac, but with the PixelPyros digital fireworks (right) created by Seb Lee-Delisle, you can get right up close, and set them off with your hands!

PixelPyros takes place at Jubilee Square at 8pm on September 28.

Big Data Hackathon – Data Storytelling: The Global Financial Crisis and Recovery

A group of artists, designers, software developers and data scientists will come together for 48 hours from September 15 at the Brighton FuseBox to try to explain one of the most baffling events of our time... the global financial crisis and the recession that it caused.

The results will be presented on September 13.

Timo Arnall – Immaterials

Timo Arnall, creative director of BERG, along with a network of collaborators reveal the invisible infrastructure making up our technological world.The exhibition will combine key works such as Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi (right), Robot Readable World and Experiments in Field Drawings along with the premiere of new works.