Helen Johannessen: working with designers and manufacturers

Past Project 2012

Commissioning somebody else to manufacture and distribute your own designs can be a daunting prospect. Here, Designer Helen Johannessen talks about her journey from making it herself to trusting a producer to manufacture and take her designs to market on a larger scale.


This film originally was originally commissioned for Own-it TV, a collaboration with UAL’s Own-it IP advice unit interviewing designer-makers about their practice and the practical legal issues that they face. Lawyer: Margaret Briffa, Briffa; camera: Donald Bousted; camera assistant: Alex Hedley; post production: Best Bits Media Ltd; produced by Silvia Baumgart; narrated by Nick Kaplony; photos by Ian Forsyth; filmed at Cockpit Arts and the Business Design Centre; commissioned by Own-it.