At Magnify, we champion research and design practices that strive for a more equitable society.

This mission extends to our conferences, where we make room for each other at the table, provide mentorship and centre accessibility.


Critiquing practices

We support each other to recognise and avoid perpetuating inequities through sharing knowledge and a culture of critical reflection and accountability.

DIY approach

The Magnify Conference is run by designers and researchers for the design and research community and is not for profit. If you want to get involved, get in touch by emailing hello@magnifyconference.com!


All events are run with accessibility at the front of mind, using an accessibility plan we developed with Fable.


Magnify was founded in 2021 to centre people most impacted by exclusionary design and to create space for critical reflection about our design practice. Through learning, sharing and advocacy, we can move the field towards equity-seeking design approaches together.

Magnify 2021 brought together 17 speakers, 4 workshops and 150 enthusiastic attendees. Between 2022 and 2023, the team ran free community events for attendees to discuss issues ranging from research approaches to compassion fatigue. These events took place for UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Images of the 3 panelists from the 2021 conference: Rebecca Brooker, Shabira Papain and Kate Kalcevich.
2021 Panel: Advocating for Inclusion with Rebecca Brooker, Shabira Papain and Kate Kalcevich.

2023 Team

Claudia Hopkins standing in front of a rose garden
Claudia Hopkins
Founder and organiser
Marissa Cummings standing in front of a graffitied wall, that matches her outfit.
Marissa Cummings
Logistics and community
Amala Antony boldly smiling infant of a dark background.
Amala Antony
Web design and sponsorship
Imran Akhtar standing in front of a sea view and mountains.
Imran Akhtar
Ambassador and sponsorship
magnify logo
Claire Lee
Marketing and social media
Placeholder image of a person's photo - purple magnify icon
Alex Hall
Marketing and content
Maria Giannaraki smiling with bright pink hair and a fluffy jacket.
Maria Giannaraki
Visual and UI Designer
Clarissa smiling with a yellow flower in her hair
Clarissa Gardner
Host coordinator
Cat Kilkenny walking in a forest with bluebells on the ground.
Cat Kilkenny
Web content
Laura on a beach smiling
Laura Halleran
Headshot of Carlos Mucharaz wearing a red plaid shirt.
Carlos Muncharaz
Accessibility Specialist
I found attending the last Magnify conference inspiring. To hear speakers talk about inclusion from so many different backgrounds is so valuable. To know you're not alone with your thinking and challenge self-doubt which is often distorted by narrow thinkers. This forum encourages the capability of all. I cannot recommend this conference any higher, something I endeavour never to miss.
Imran Akhtar
Magnify 2021 Attendee and Magnify 2023 Organiser