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Taking part in the London Design Festival? Let’s get visible!

Here’s the mistake I see a lot of London Design Festival exhibitors and participants making:

You’re so focused on what you’ll be showing and doing during the festival,
you’re not spending enough time and effort on marketing before the festival.

Let’s be frank — there is a lot to see during LDF, and visitors have to pick and choose how they spend their time.

If you want to be visible in the sea of events and exhibitors, you have to leverage all your marketing opportunities.

Get my free London Design Festival visibility checklist now to see how you’re doing!

Hi! I’m Charlene, and I help creatives show and sell their work. I’m based in NYC now, after 8+ years in London. And yes, I’ll be in town for the London Design Festival 2018!


There are 11 Design Districts for London Design Festival 2018. These geographical clusters of activity have dozens of exhibitors each.

There are 5 Design Destinations, or major trade shows. At 100% Design, designjunction and London Design Fair (formerly Tent London and Super Brands) alone, there will be more than 1,100 design brands exhibiting!

London Design Fair, one of 5 major trade shows at LDF

That doesn’t even count the numerous designers and brands putting on events as London Design Festival partners outside of the districts and destinations.

I will be in London for six full days of LDF attending as a press and trade visitor, and there’s still no way I’ll be able to see all the shows and designers I’d like to see.

Now consider that most people will have only a couple of days, or even a couple of hours, to explore the London Design Festival.

If you’re taking part in LDF, I’m assuming you want to be seen.

Seen by press, buyers, trade visitors like architects, interior designers and other specifiers, as well as new and existing customers.

By the time the festival or your show starts, you should ideally already be on their “must see” list.

And you can help make that happen by spending time and effort on your marketing NOW.

I’d love to send you my free London Design Festival visibility checklist* – get it here!

*The checklist isn’t endorsed by LDF or anyone else official. I just want to improve YOUR chances of being seen during LDF.

This will be my 10th year attending the London Design Festival as a press and trade visitor. Help us find you!

You will NOT be signed up for any mailing lists, unless you choose to sign up. 🙂

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Free Webinars for Creatives: Social Media and Pop-Up Shops

You’re invited to Summer School, a series of free online classes, tailored for designers, makers and creatives!

As part of the Future of Design panel at New Designers, I shared that social media and pop-up shops are a major part of how I work with designers and makers. I love them and think they’re so important for showing and selling your work, especially moving forward.

Join me online from anywhere in the world as I share my top tips for social media and pop-ups, and answer your questions, live!

See you in Summer School? 🙂

Show and Sell with Charlene: Free LIVE Webinars for Creatives


Social Media for Designers, Makers and Creatives

Tue 31 July, 10am EST / 3pm BST
Join webinar via Zoom

Thu 2 Aug, 3pm EST / 8pm BST
Join webinar via Zoom

1-hour webinar including time for Q&A

Top Tips for Pop-Up Shops

Tue Aug 7, 10am EST / 3pm BST
Join webinar via Zoom

Thu Aug 9, 3pm EST / 8pm BST
Join webinar via Zoom

1-hour webinar including time for Q&A


Tip: Not used Zoom webinar software before? I use Zoom because it lets me do fun things like share my iPhone screen with you live. Install Zoom on your computer or device ahead of time so you’re ready to go when the webinar starts (click on one of the meeting links above)!


Hi! I’m Charlene. I help creatives show and sell their work. I’m a NYC/LDN curator and creative business mentor. Under the names Creative Clerkenwell and The Creative Edit, I’ve organized pop-up shops featuring independent designers for over 8 years in London. I teach social media workshops and mentor designer-makers.

I’ll be on these webinars LIVE to answer your questions!


I’ll be coming to you from Brooklyn, NY

But you can join in online from anywhere in the world!

I use a webinar service called Zoom – you’ll be able to see me on video, and you can join in from your web browser or even by phone.

Can’t make these times? I can send you a replay if you register.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Email me at charlene [at]

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Social Media Tips for a Design and Craft Fair

Welcome, designers and makers!

If you’re exhibiting at MADE London Marylebone, best wishes for a great show.

As you’re prepping your products and display for the fair, don’t neglect your social media presence!

I’m Charlene of Creative Clerkenwell and The Creative Edit.
I help creatives show and sell their work.
I’m a curator, creative business mentor and a big fan of social media.

In this mini video training, I’ll share my tips for using Twitter, Instagram and Facebook before, during and after the show to:

  • increase your visibility
  • make the most of the opportunity
  • build relationships

If you’re physically present at your stand but absent on social media, you’re missing out on multiple opportunities to get your work seen.

And getting seen by the right people leads to more sales!

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Hope you found these tips about using social media at a design and craft fair helpful!

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Ask Charlene: What’s the difference between designjunction and London Design Fair? (video)

The annual London Design Festival in September is anchored by major design fairs. The two most relevant for independent designers, makers and brands are usually designjunction and the London Design Fair (formerly Tent London). So what’s the difference between them?

Question: What’s the difference between designjunction and the London Design Fair (formerly Tent London)?

In this video, I compare designjunction and the London Design Fair during London Design Festival 2017 – hopefully you find it helpful if you’re thinking of which to visit or to apply to exhibit at in the future!

Tell me in the comments or on social media (Twitter @charclam and Instagram @charclam) what you think about either show.