Let's all rug up for the @mousmagazine 's 'Women in Creative Business' Panel Discussion on the 20th then get cosy with @agda_qld 's Dames and Dumplings the following evening (details on calender). Make sure you check our @the.design.conference official wrap up by competition winner @lynn.onapa, she recorded this nugget of wisdom from @mccann_ww 's Jackie Dewar "Stay curious to your mistakes and ask why". Looking for freelance work? Head to our job board; @wearetinyhunter are on the hunt for a branding & packaging designer, could it be you?
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Get the low down on your fav Brisbane creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
Each year we're lucky enough to partner up with our favourite conferences around the world, and again this year our kind friends in Brisbane at The Design Conference gave us a 2-day pass to give away via Instagram. Our winner this year was Lynn Onapa! Lynn shares her experience with us over the 2 days.
A big congrats to Jing Ong, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Shillingtongraduate from Brisbane, her work was chosen by Johan from Brand Brothers: “Lightweight, refreshing and poetic work, combined with impressive illustration work and a beautiful mastery of space. Jing particularly seduced me with her Joy Luck Club lettering, which is a real risk-taker and avoids the current fashion effects”. We asked Jing to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
Mark Richardson / Die Last C…
Mark Richardson the legend! He went from learning skills on youtube to creating his own channel featuring some awesome tutorials. Read on to hear about how he worked with Brisbane's biggest band and some great tips for new freelancers.
TDC 17 Wrap Up
Each year we're lucky enough to partner up with our favourite conferences around the world, and again this year our kind friends in Brisbane at The Design Conference gave us a 2-day pass to give away via Instagram. Our winner this year was Joshua Peters! Joshua shares his experience with us over the 2 days.
We sat down with Collectivus Graphic Design Director and baking extraordinaire Bel Affran, to chat about design in all its forms. We talk dream clients and share our love for Brisbane; plus we get introduced to the whole team, their fancy titles and crazy cool skills!
Illustrator, designer and teacher, Adam Busby, is originally from Minnesota (fun fact!) and now a permanent Brissy Boy (we hope!). We had a chat about how chairs may be the most perfect example of equal parts form and function; preaching design principles to his Shillington class, and his experience with The 100 day project!
TDK Awards '16 Winner, and fellow Brisbanite, Reuben Mergard, tells us about his love of making and crafting, what it's like having both parents as designers, and the rapidly growing creative community.
TDK Awards '16 winner, Joel Mechielsen, tells us about developing James Street’s RESORT 2016 identity with a bunch of rad creative directors from The FS Group, his move to Sydney soon, and the occasional weekday surf.
Fox & Fallow
We chat to Designer & Co-Founder, Janet Pogorelc, of Fox & Fallow about becoming her own boss lady after 7 years of studio life. She shares some great advice about honing your skills in a design studio or ad agency, injecting your own style into a piece with hand painting/lettering, plus a few tales of epic printing disasters.
Brenton Craig - Part-time teacher at the Brisbane Shillington College and Creative Director at Autumn tells us some pretty funny / naughty things he has done to get ahead in the design world, also the importance of finding your aesthetic and the danger of always trying to diversify your skills.
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I first stumbled across the work of Nerdgore around 4years ago at a Clowns’ merch stand (https://clownsband.bandcamp.com/).They’re one band that’s always had impeccable taste in artwork and it shows in the artists they choose to collaborate with. But this tshirt, well this one was above and beyond.After finding out that the artist was Nerdgore I immediately started following @artofnerdgore on Insta and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to do the same.Nerdgore seems to regularly have interesting and widly varying projects on the boil, which compelled me to get in touch with him and asked him a few questions to get to the crux of what he’s all about. So let's Larry King this thing:What artists were early influences on your style?There are so many to mention. Essentially, I taught myself to draw whilst reading 2000ad as a kid/teen so Mike McMahon, Kev O’Neill, Steve Dillon, Simon Bisley, Kev Walker, etc are essential components of my artistic DNA. Then the very British world of tabletop gaming had a massive influence on me too; illustrators like John Blanche, Russ Nicholson, Wayne England, Gray Chalk, Iain Miller. I love aesthetics, that collective ‘feel’ you get from bodies of work created by different artists at the same time. So for 2000ad, the various aesthetics of the comic between issues 500 and 1000 are hugely influential for me. And likewise with Games Workshop, Fighting Fantasy , Lone Wolf etc at the end of 80s and first half of the 90’s. Those are the ‘golden’ periods for me.Did you have to work or practice to create your own style or did it come fairly naturally as you started?It’s not something I consciously did. I think as consumers of art/illustration we all have certain tastes that appeal to us and things that don’t. I’ve always gravitated to detailed, heavily ‘inked’ styles and particularly like traditional brush/dip pen work with an organic feel. The more I like something the more I find out about it and then want to try it… it kind of just evolved from that. What would you say your main motivation or influence to get into the illustration game was?It’s hard to say what motivates me. I love the actual process of drawing and especially inking. To me it’s a skill to try and learn and one that you can always get better at. I find that motivates me more than anything to just create stuff and push my own abilities. I also love coming up with characters and creating worlds, riffing off the deep vein of nostalgia that runs through my work. I enjoy commissions, but it’s my personal work that motivates me the most.Do you get involved with any other creative fields (graphic design, music, writing etc)?Not really. I do like writing and will eventually combine the two and draw my own comic or create a game book. I did try and become a horror writer in a dim and distance past, but it’s best left forgotten haha.Any peers or current talent that you are digging in the illustration/creative fields?There are so many. You only have to swipe down on Instagram once and some new fully formed illustrator pops into the ether. I tend to gravitate towards those illustrators that carve their own path and do stuff that might not be trendy or whatever, but has a hell of a lot of heart. Off the top of my head: Daniel Shaw @shawillustrations, Scott Wygman @darkwizard_bezerker, Matt Stikker @bargainbinblasphemy, Elle Taylor @smelly.ell, Cal Sino @cal_sinoKiss/Marry/Kill – Judge Death, Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson...Kiss: Has gotta be Anderson…Marry: Probably Judge Death… I have him tattooed on my leg so that’s kinda married anyway Kill: Judge Dredd… Imagine being the artist that got to draw The Death of Dredd and with the obvious ending scene of his helmet being removed… amazing!
Billy Blue Blog
In 1987, Billy Blue Creative decided to open a tiny design school to train people who would eventually work in the studio. A crowd of about four was expected. Sixty-six people enrolled and there was a long waiting list. In essence, the school was created by industry for industry and we’ve been building on that concept ever since.
No Cure Magazine
No Cure is an Australian independent creative magazine focusing on art, design, music and creative culture; a cutting-edge look-book of inspiration joining the dots between editorial and powerful imagery. So whether you’re suffering from a case of designer’s block or simply want to keep up to date with the latest trends and happenings in creative culture, No Cure provides a prescription-only dose of inspiration with each issue.
The Edge | SLQ
The Edge is a Library + community makerspace + resource hub for all things art, science, technology and enterprise.
On The Grid Brisbane
On the Grid is a user-friendly guide curated by talented local designers who want to share exceptional places in their neighborhood with the rest of the world. On the Grid was created by Hyperakt, a design agency based in Brooklyn.
Creative Mornings / BNE
CreativeMornings/BNE is a monthly breakfast series for the creative community. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee!
AGDA is the peak national organisation representing the Australian communication design industry. With more than 3,000 members distributed throughout the creative, visual communications, applied design and technology sectors, it is dedicated to advancing the profession through an interrelated program of state, national and international activities in education, advocacy and professional development.
Never Not Creative kick…
Women in Creative Business Panel Discussion
Metro Arts 109 Edward Street
Dames & Dumplings
pin Fat Dumpling Bar (2 King St, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) 2 King St, Bowen Hills
Brisbane AW18 Finders Keepers Market
The Marquee Brisbane Showgrounds 600 Gregory Terrace Bowen Hills
Brisbane AW18 Finders Keepers Market
Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane QLD 4006
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