Hey! What's on this fortnight? Well shoutout to our own Tina who is coming up to talk to @cd_and_co & @ammaterialistic not about design. @Happymagtv have their next issue launch this month too. Check the events calendar. There's finger painting, curvy creative women's conference and Sydney Film Festival started too! Jon Hunting? Tiny Hunter are after a freelancer! Jobs tab! GO! While you're there, check out @bnjmnvncnt in the interviews tab! P.S. How's this website?!
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Semi Permanent 2018
Each year we're lucky enough to partner up with our favourite conferences around the world, and again this year our kind friends in Sydney at Semi Permanent gave us 3 VIP conferences passes to give away via Instagram. Our winners this year were Panhavuth Kret, Bronte McKell and Lorrina Alkhouri. They share their experiences with us over the 3 days! Thanks gang <3
We chat with Bondi based Designer / Art Director Nick Barclay about designing for Italian brand Piquaudro, the importance of proof-reading your work, and the lovely emails from lovely people about how lovely his work is.
We chat with freelance designer and recent JMC graduate Benjamin Vincent about life before and after study. Ben discusses good clients, developing your style, and his plans to read more and travel more - sounds good to me!
We recently had a chat with Creative Director at Landor (Sydney) Tom Carey! He shared the ups and downs throughout his career, including that time he emailed nearly 100 studios and only got one reply. We discuss why you should actually keep in touch when you say 'Let's keep in touch', plus Tom introduces us to the idea of Tinder for Jobs. 😂
A big congrats to A big congrats to Jenny Liu, one of our 30 TDK Awards’ winners for 2018. A Billy Blue College of Design student from Sydney, their work was chosen by Johan from Brand Brothers: “Jenny combines a satyric approach with a search for simplicity that gives her work a mature and intelligent result. She understands the scope of the subjects she is dealing with, digs them out, and transmits a graphic material that seems to be aimed at the right target. Special mention for the handwritten typography of the AGDA project”. We asked Jenny to answer a few questions for next years TDK Awards’ hopefuls.
Yassss Sydney! We chat with brand-spanking-new DesignStudio Sydney Creative Director, James Gilmore. James shares his journey and perspective on careers, Sydney's design scene, and the future of the design industry.
Christopher Doyle & Co
The line up for The Design Conference this year is killer (as usual)! Kris Sowersby, Maria Montes, Mitch Paone and Meg Donohoe from DIA; the list goes on! There's also a heap of complimentary breakout sessions (mini-workshops), the option to sit down and have an exclusive dinner with all the speakers (no biggie), and the ADRboys Matt & Flyn are back again to host the Q&A sessions (yasss!). To warm up for the epic 2 day conference in May we had a quick 10 Q's with Keynote Speaker Chris Doyle from Christopher Doyle & Co about the future of design, dressing as Tina Turner, and staying motivated!
We chat with colourful Sydneysider, and one half of McKean Studio, Megan McKean, about everything from money woes to Christmas holidays! She shares her typical day-to-day, the behind the scenes of her new ‘Hello, Melbourne!’ book, plus how she's learning to avoid ‘blank sketchbook anxiety’.
Make Nice Wrap Up 17
Every year we’re lucky enough to partner up with our favourite conferences around the world (or in this case un-conference), and this year the lovely lady behind Make Nice - Ngaio Parr - gave us a media pass to give away via Instagram. Read the wrap up from our winner Emily Wills below, including some of her favourite quotes from the day!
If you've been anywhere near an apple store you know the work of our good friend and mega-babe Gemma O'Brien. Totally killing it across the globe, Gemma took some time out to answer a few questions—telling us how she started out, some of the naughty things she's done ;), and hey keep an eye out on her insta—you never know there might be an opportunity to assist her!
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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!
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