The best thing about being a design journalist is getting out of the office, meeting designers and seeing some of the amazing and truly innovative products that are the fruit of our creative industries. I’m not a designer myself, but I’ve always found designers to be truly fascinating people, the best of whom work tenaciously – in some cases obsessively – towards making our lives better and happier.

I love talking to designers and those involved in the design industry about the new ways in which design can improve and enhance our lives, and so I'm really looking forward to this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, where I'll be hosting two panel discussions.

The first, a debate about sensory design, takes place on Tuesday 21 May, 12.30-2pm at the showroom of carpet tile manufacturer Desso. I'll be introducing Justin Cratty, an associate and EMEA science and technology practice area leader at Gensler, Trevor Keeling, who specialises in 'human-centred building environments' at Buro Happold and is also studying for a PhD at Reading University, Shaun Fitzgerald, managing director and co-founder of Breathing Buildings, and Ludwig Cammaert, design and technical development director at Desso.

The second event is on Wednesday 22 May, 12.30-1.30 at another top flooring and materials company, Milliken. This time the focus is on invention, play and creativity in design and my panellists will be designer Oliver Hrubiak, whose Finn chair won the John Lewis Retail Design Award 2012, and Mark Champkins, an award-winning inventor in residence at the Science Museum in London and owner of Concentrate Design.

I hope you can join me. It would be great to see you there. Details below.

Date: Tuesday 21 May
Time: 12.30-2pm
Location: Desso showroom, 23-25 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DN

Date: Wednesday 22 May
Time: 12.30-1.30
Location: Milliken Clerkenwell Studio, 5 Berry Street, London EC1V 0AA
RSVP: Alison Owen at BDB 07880 500434;