This year’s Design Festival was fantastic! Canberra was buzzing with studio visits, talks, workshops and most importantly, the Typism conference. Held at the architectural-stunner Vibe Hotel, Typism featured 8 guest speakers whose creative paths inspired and ignited my own creative goals.
The day started with Kiel Tillman’s epic intro rap video. It did make me pause a bit, what will this Typism conference even be about? But then the speakers began. Kiel @kieltillman shared his story (Wu Tang, Disney etc.), Libby Reed @love.libbishared her university projects and her handmade calligraphy pens (stunning), Aurelie Maron @aureliemaron shared some stories about her freelance work, Matt Vergotis @mattvergotis made us all thirsty with his stories about his hand-drawn beer can designs, Zane Ruyssenaers @hand.type went looking for a design job in Dubai with only $200 in his pocket, David Sargent @davidsargent_ blew our mind with VR and distorting body-damaging ads, Ryan Bowles @ryanlbowles runs Create or Die – helping creatives be the best they can be in business, and Wayne Thompson @wayneatf shared his journey of designing the new ABC typeface.
Don’t worry, we had a break after every two speakers, otherwise our brains would have exploded with all their fantastic stories. It was during these breaks, that I spoke with the speakers, learning more about the Gold Coast’s creative side and how many of them are Typism regulars, strengthening the hand-lettering and design community.
Every speaker was passionate and welcoming, their stories reflected a lot of my own thoughts and inspiring me to explore more of my own creative side. I’m looking forward to the next Typism at the Gold Coast, an event that I recommend all TDK members to go!