Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world.
She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, the Public Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Line, the Metropolitan Opera, Tiffany & Co., Citibank and Microsoft. Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors including the National Design Award and the AIGA medal. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her designs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other institutions. A documentary on Scher and her work can be seen in the Netflix series “Abstract: The Art of Design.”
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Paula Scher, Partner
Paula will be speaking on Thursday 4th November 16:00-17:30 GMT
Lamm & Kirch is a graphic design studio focusing on the creation of books, visual identitys, and exhibitions in the broad field of the cultural sector with a focus on the intersection of digital and analogue publishing – in a broader sense.
We mostly do printed matter. Our approach is defined by continuous cooperations in shifting constellations. We like the old and the new, the obvious and the hidden. The studio functions as a research facility to explore various ways of visual language. Our idea of working is defined by working “with” instead of “for” somebody.
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Florian and Jakob
Lamm & Kirch will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 17:30-19:00 GMT
Dines is a celebrated Creative Director and international keynote speaker based in London UK.
He’s currently active as Founder & Creative Director of multi award-winning creative agency STUDIO BLUP® London.
Studio Blup is in the vanguard of the change. Over the last five years, BLUP has carved out a place at the top of European design. Last year co-founder, Dines hosted a sell-out UsByNight Festival and global brands such as Nike, MTV, EA Sports, Hasbro, Coty, Adidas, BBC, Ministry of Sound have all worked with them. BLUP creates work that is a product of its time and place. It has the same raw insight and energy that gave birth to grime and it is no accident that the likes of Wiley, the 67 and Nic Fanciulli have invited them to package their work. Like them, BLUP recognised the necessity to initiate and build their own platforms. They realised that digital networks provide an opportunity to bypass traditional career paths and create something for yourself. Initiatives like BLUP LAB allow the BLUP team to share their evolving visual experiments, demonstrate their unique expertise to potential clients and build a following that is proof their work connects to an audience.
Dines will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 17:30-19:00 GMT
Mark Bohle is a graphic designer from Germany, well-known for his experimental posters and innovative collaborations.
He studied at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart before moving to Barcelona, where he has been working for Javiér Jaén and Martí Guixé. As freelance designer Mark works in a variety of economic fields seeking to create aesthetical surroundings and coherent typographic expression. His work has been awarded with several international awards.
Mark Bohle will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 19:00-20:30 GMT
Graphic design is our passion. We are obsessed by the challenges of a discipline that exists in a state of constant flux. At its best it is thought provoking, memorable and leaves a lasting impression.
Our holistic approach in dealing with the complex requirements of clients is supported by extensive experience delivering rigorous identity systems across all platforms, digital, print and environmental.
‘Over the last 20 years Spin have firmly established themselves as one of London’s best design studios. Delivering consistently high quality work across a huge range of clients that span the arts, communication, broadcast, design, electronics and entertainment sectors as well as application, their portfolio includes identities, books, marketing campaigns, motion graphics, packaging and websites’.
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Jonas will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 14:30–16:00 GMT
Zipeng Zhu is a Chinese-born artist, designer, art director, illustrator, and animator in New York City who wants to make every day a razzle-dazzle musical.
His clients include Apple, Adidas, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix, New York Times, Harry’s, Viacom, The New Yorker, Fox, Away, Animal Planet, CNN, MTV, Refinery29, Chobani, and Samsung. He was one of the Art Directors Club Young Guns 13 winners and has been recognized as Print magazine’s New Visual Artist and The One Show Young Ones. His work has been exhibited all over the world including New York, Barcelona, Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai, and other major museums and institutions. Now he runs his creative practice Dazzle Studio and gift shop Dazzle Supply to push dazzle to the next level.
Zipeng will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 16:00-17:30 GMT
Wieden+Kennedy is one of the world’s largest independent advertising agencies.
We’re here to do the best work of our lives with inspiring clients. We make work that influences culture and builds business value. Our global network comprises eight offices and 1400 people, and our work spans every discipline. We have world class media, design and tech operations. But everyone and everything at W+K is driven by creativity, and a core mission of building strong and provocative relationships between companies and their customers.
Associate Creative Directors/Senior creatives working at Wieden+Kennedy London.
Freddy (as described by Philippa): He used to be a designer. But now he’s a designer and an art director. But above all, he is and always will be, a dancer.
Philippa (as described by Freddy): She’s really gobby, which is convenient for a writer. She used to have another partner, but I nabbed her because she’s wicked smart.
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Freddy and Philippa
Freddy and Philippa will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 20:30–22:00 GMT
Studio YUKIKO is a Berlin-based creative agency specialising in creative direction, art direction, brand strategy, concept generation and graphic design for commercial and cultural clients alike.
Unlimited imagination and progressive ideas combined with a unique style form the main ingredients of their practice. The studio is comprised of a team of international collaborators with Michelle Phillips, Johannes Conrad, Sebastien Millot and Ira Ivanova at the helm.
YUKIKO are also Art Directors and part of the founding team of Flaneur and Sofa Magazine. In 2019 the studio was awarded Art Directors of the Year at the Stack Awards for Flaneur Magazine, which also took Magazine of the Year award. With these research projects YUKIKO continually experiments with contemporary forms of visual storytelling and fosters a deeper understanding of the audiences with which its projects engage.
Studio YUKIKO has also previously been recognised at D&AD, Lead Awards and Type Directors Club New York.
Studio Yukiko will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 19:00-20:30 GMT
Chanaradee Chatrakul Na Ayudhya started her artist career as Juli Baker and Summer in 2015.
Inspired by music, literature, films, everyday conversations and her trips around the world, Juli’s joyous work depicts inspirational moments of life, fusing personal memories, pop culture reference, childlike imagination and her interest in gender equality issues. Perpetual sunshine, semi-abstract tropical plants, fruity palette, and protagonists posing with effortless comfort, Juli’s painted world has a certain utopian quality which echos her cheerful spirit.Currently living and working in Bangkok, as a Thai citizen, she’s in the middle of ongoing political protests, taking on her role as an artist, actively spreading messages to support the pro-democracy movement.
Juli Baker and Summer will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 14.30-16.00 GMT
Loulou João is an Afrobelgian 3D illustrator and animator, due to her mixed roots she developed an interdimensional worldview.
Because of this, she approaches political, cultural, socio-economic and historical aspects of the white world in an analytical way. Investigating how white superiority is upheld and how it affects her own identity and position within this societal setting.
She attempts to shine a different light on the narration and representation of black and mixed women. She sees blackness as a technology. One that is constantly evolving to survive and go up against objectification and oppression.
By making use of 3d software (blender), she visualizes her own reality. A digital world that consists of candy coated squishy plastic objects. Within this reality she is able to focus on the expression of her own true self without any constructs weighing her down. And she can create her own safe space, giving her the opportunity to reflect on the struggles she faces in the physical world.
Loulou will be speaking on Thursday 4th November, 20.30-22.00 GMT
Emily Oberman is a multidisciplinary designer whose work encompasses brand identity, motion graphics, publications, packaging, advertising, and websites.
A native of Yonkers, New York, Emily studied design and filmmaking at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. After graduation she joined the legendary design studio M&Co., collaborating with Tibor Kalman on work for Knoll, Wieden & Kennedy, (the much-missed) Restaurant Florent, and Talking Heads, for whom they made the award-winning music video for for “(Nothing But) Flowers.” With Kalman as creative director, Emily was the original designer for the launch of Benetton’s critically acclaimed magazine, Colors. Emily cofounded the design studio Number Seventeen in 1993, which operated for (coincidentally, perhaps) 17 years. She joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2012. You can see Emily’s work here Emily Oberman Projects
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Emily will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 13:00-14:30 GMT
Everyday Practice is a graphic studio founded by Kwon Joonho, Kim Kyung-chul, and Kim Eojin, and also a small community of designers thinking about the role of design in the real world.
Although we are based in graphic design, we do not restrict ourselves to two-dimensional design. We are constantly experimenting with various design methods, and trying to apply our lessons in future works.
Kwon Joonho (Everyday Practice, Seoul) He studied Visual Communication at the Royal College of Arts and taught graphic design at the Royal College of Arts for the following year. In 2011, his graduation work 〈Life〉 was selected as the UK Creative Review’s “The Annual 2011”. In 2012, he was selected as the “Rising Star” by British Design Week and was selected as the 20 artists of “New Sensation” by Saatchi Gallery. After working as a graphic designer at London based Jonathan Barnbrook Studios and Why Not Associates, he has been running the design studio Everyday Practice since 2013. He became an AGI member in 2017 and worked with colleagues on various projects.
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Joonho will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 13:00-14:30 GMT
Ines alpha is a 3D artist based in Paris who creates enchanted and fantastic versions of reality.
She started experimenting with 3D while working as an art director in advertising, specialised in beauty and luxury. Her first notable 3D work was the “Baby F-16″ videoclip, an AR experiment she directed with Panteros666. Her main body of work consists in the “3D makeup” series, where she pushes further the boundaries of makeup and beauty using 3D softwares and augmented reality. She tries to fantasise what complete aesthetic freedom of one’s appearance would look like. Her goal is to encourage a fun and creative approach to make up and self expression.
Ines will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 14:30-16:00 GMT
Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, author, and self-described “avid internetter” working in Oakland, California.
After graduating with a degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in 2006, she worked for Headcase Design in Philadelphia before taking a position as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd. In 2009, after two and a half years, Jessica left to further her freelance career and embark on several fun personal projects. Jessica began Daily Drop Cap, a project in which every day she created a new illustrative letter, working through the alphabet a total of twelve times. The popularity of Daily Drop Cap really kickstarted her career as a letterer, and has inspired many other designers to start daily lettering projects. Daily Drop Cap concluded in 2011, but you can find the letters in all sorts of places, from postcard sets to iPhone cases.
Jessica is actively involved in the design, illustration, and type communities (serving on the Type Directors Club board from 2012 to 2015) and is a prolific public speaker, appearing at colleges and conferences worldwide.
Jessica’s clients includes Wes Anderson, The United States Postal Service, Tiffany & Co., The New York Times, Penguin Books, Target, Starbucks, American Express, and Wired Magazine. She has also released several commercial typefaces which are available in her store. Jessica has been named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design, an ADC Young Gun, a “Person to Watch” by GD USA, and an Adweek “Creative 100”. She’s been personally profiled in many magazines including Eye Magazine (UK), Communication Arts, Grafik Magazine (UK), and Novum Magazine (Germany). She is the author of two best-selling children’s books and “In Progress”—in which she details her creative process.
Jessica will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 17:30-19:00 GMT
Stephanie Specht is a graphic designer from Antwerp.
Having lived and worked pretty much everywhere in her 16-year career (Cape Town, Brussels, Princeton, New York, Antwerp), every single one of these experiences shaped her as a creative person. Aside from all client jobs, she also works on many personal projects and creates all visual communication for the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp.
Stephanie will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 16:00-17:30 GMT
Eric Hu is a multidisciplinary creative director and typographer based in New York City.
His practice has an international reputation for pairing maximalist image-making with typographic nuance for a variety of clients operating in fashion, music, architecture, and technology. He is also a co-creative director for Mold Magazine, a publication about the future and science of food. Previously Eric was Global Design Director at Nike Sportswear and the Director of Design at SSENSE where he formed its inaugural design team.
Eric Hu will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 16:00-17:30 GMT
Max co-founded Ragged Edge in 2007 with one simple aim – to help brands drive change.
Together with Matt Bland, Max has built a branding agency with a no-egos culture and a body of work that challenges convention, from start-ups like Bulb to industry leaders like Grey Goose.
We’re a branding agency for people trying to achieve the improbable. Industry leaders, start ups, anyone with the conviction to challenge the status quo. Anyone who believes branding has the power to change organisations, change industries, change perceptions, and change behaviours. We call them Changemakers.
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Max will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 14:30-16:00 GMT
Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company, and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters.
As the founder and host of Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest running podcasts, Millman has interviewed over 400 artists, designers and cultural commentators, including Marina Abramovic, Steven Pinker, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Shepard Fairey, Barbara Kruger, Amanda Palmer, Alain de Botton and many more. In the 13 years since its inception, the show has garnered over a five-million-downloads per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and iTunes has designated it one of the best overall podcasts.
Debbie will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 17:30-19:00 GMT
Daan Rietbergen is an independent graphic designer and artist specialising in typography, visual identity and poster design, based in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
From 2014 to 2019 he worked as a visual designer at Studio Dumbar, Rotterdam. His work is based on grids and systems and in his typographic projects the rules he imposes on himself sometimes outweigh the legibility. He sees letters almost as living characters that form one family, but also have the power to stand on their own. His typographic characters often appear in public space where they come to life even more.
Daan will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 19:00-20:30 GMT
Folch is a Narrative Business Design Studio based in Barcelona, Spain.
We design concepts, brands, narratives and digital events, reaching & engaging audiences on a new paradigm.
We build our projects through the concepts of Business Design, Liquid Branding and Brand Narratives.
Speaking from Folch is Nicolás, who did a major on communication design and a minor on illustration, both at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Last year he moved to Barcelona to do a Masters Degree in Graphic Design at ELISAVA. He is deeply interested in visual research and the role of design in creating communities in the online and offline world, as well as analyzing the cultural shifts in society and its influence.
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Folch will be speaking on Friday 5th November, 19:00-20:30 GMT