Sex, Drugs & Helvetica is a one-day conference about design in practice. It’s about giving you the insight you need to be a better designer. It’s about six internationally-renowned design studios taking you through all aspects of a project – the challenges and the learning curves – the real issues that impact designers and their industry.
It’s not a design conference. It’s a conference for designers.
Michael studied Graphic Design at Newcastle College in the UK from 1988—1990 and makes no secret of the fact that he left before graduating, in order to follow his dream of designing record sleeves. After gaining experience at various studios in London, Michael joined the influential graphics studio The Designers Republic in Sheffield, where he worked for 9 years.
Whilst there Michael produced some of the best-known, seminal and iconic works of the studio that have since earned a place in cultural history.
In 2000 Michael took a break from the design world to embark on a 10-month world trip, returning in 2001 to found design consultancy Build.
Michael features in the acclaimed 2007 film ‘Helvetica-A Documentary Film’, has spoken at numerous conferences worldwide, and has several times been a judge at the prestigious D&AD global awards. Build’s work has been published in publications worldwide and both Michael and the studio have shown work at exhibitions in the UK and abroad, including Tokyo, New York, Paris and London.
Michael is the Creative Director of Build.
Christopher Doyle is the Founder and Creative Director of Christopher Doyle & Co. (Duh).
After 10 years working for some of Australia’s leading brand and design agencies he set up Christopher Doyle & Co., a small design company based in Sydney. The company works for a diverse set of clients and specialises in branding, visual and verbal identity and design for arts and culture.
Christopher’s work has been used as the basis for educational material in Europe and the United States and has appeared in feature articles for Desktop, Creative Review and Grafik Magazine. In 2011 his work was selected to be part of Graphic Design: Now in Production (GD:NIP) – a joint exhibition with Cooper-Hewitt and the National Design Museum in America.
A passionate partaker (yes, that’s a real word) in design education and community, Christopher has spoken at AGideas, Creative Mornings (Sydney), Analogue/Digital, Big Sound, UTS, The University of Canberra and Billy Blue College of Design (Sydney) and has sat on the New South Wales council for AGDA (the Australian Graphic Design Association).
He has also made written contributions to Desktop Magazine, Design Assembly, Australian Creative and Process Journal and has served as a judge at D&AD and AWARD.
He also once found a piece of Nutri-Grain that looked like E.T. and sold it on eBay for a thousand dollars. True story
Michaela has over 16 years experience in the design industry, including time in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. In London, her experience included working on some of the world’s biggest brands while at renowned brand agency Wolff Olins, including The Tate, Orange and General Motors.
Following this, she moved to award winning design agency Spin. She was responsible for developing creative ideas and strategies for a wide variety of fashion, cultural and corporate clients including Diesel, Levis, Nike, UBS Warburg, Deutsche Bank, Orange, Whitechapel Art Gallery and Christie’s Contemporary.
Michaela established Studio Round in 2002. Since then, she has been responsible for creative direction, design strategy development and art direction of the studio’s projects. Most recently this includes National Gallery of Victoria, Bendigo Art Gallery, State Library of Victoria, Anna Schwartz Gallery, National Trust, Art Exhibitions Australia, Australian Centre for Moving Image and Chunky Move.
From 2006-2009 Michaela was co-President of the Australian Graphic Design Association of Victoria and a member of the Design Victoria Advisory Board to State Government.
Founded in 1992 by partners Fabio Ongarato and Ronnen Goren, based in Melbourne, Fabio Ongarato Design is renowned for the diversity of its work. The studio takes a multi-disciplinary approach to design, operating across a variety of graphic disciplines, from print to advertising, exhibitions to signage. FOD’s approach to design reflects their passion for architecture, photography and contemporary art. They work across a variety of fields such as fashion, corporate, arts and architecture deliberately crossing the boundaries between them.
Key projects have included an identity for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, an ongoing publication program and identity for Gertrude Contemporary, a major monograph for artist Dale Frank, the Australian edition of Big Magazine New York, a comprehensive signage and environmental program for the ANZ head-office in Melbourne, W Hotel Hong Kong & Shanghai and art direction for numerous Australian and International fashion brands, working with some of the most renowned fashion photographers internationally.
FOD has won numerous national and international awards, including AGDA, D&AD and the prestigious ISTD London award for their work on “Lineage, an exhibition of the work of architect Daniel Libeskind”. FOD’s work has been profiled in numerous publications including IDEA magazine (Japan), Eye, Graphics International, Grafik, Creative (London) and was featured in the Phaidon publication, Area, which represented the work of 100 of the world`s most innovative emerging graphic designers.
Kevin Finn is an internationally respected designer based in Brisbane. He is founder and principal of the independent design practice TheSumOf. He is also founder of Open Manifesto, an independent design journal unlike most others in the world and which focuses on how design intersects with social, cultural, political and economic issues. Contributors have included: Edward de Bono, Noam Chomsky, author and philosopher Alain de Botton, Academy award winning film director Errol Morris, environmental scientist Allan Savory, ex-CIA operative Larry J Kolb and real life super hero Master Legend. Finn is also founder of DESIGNerd, the world’s first graphic design trivia series featuring questions from some of the most significant designers practicing today. Finn is also Design Director to De Bono Global, Edward de Bono’s global management company, where he also sits on the global advisory board. In additional, Finn is Design Partner to Business Models Inc. a global collective of business design consultants. Previously, for seven years Finn was Joint Creative Director of Saatchi Design, Sydney, part of the Saatchi & Saatchi global advertising network.
Tim studied Design and New Media in Berlin and Helsinki. In his design and advertising career he has worked at agencies such as BBDO, Publicis, Razorfish, MetaDesign and Holler on brands such as MINI, adidas, Beck’s or WeightWatchers. To him mixing digital with traditional media is a great recipe for new experiences. In his portfolio you can find an Instagram CookOff, a petition-signing robot connected to Facebook, a Bruce Lee KungFu Remixer, a Graffiti time machine, a paintball shoot out directed via Google+ and a façade projection game. His accolades include a D&AD Black Pencil, Spikes Gold, and Cannes Lions in Cyber, Direct and PR.
Tim regularly lectures and writes about design, ad campaigns and industry trends for ‘AustralianInFront’, AGDA, Tractor Design School as well as global Top 30 industry blog ‘Adverblog’. He co-started ‘Creative Social’ in Sydney in 2006 where he keeps organising inspirational sessions with technologists, bloggers and creatives from all fields.
Apart from his commercial work Tim continuously contributes to interactive art projects. They have been exhibited at festivals and museums like Sonar (Barcelona), FILE (Sao Paolo), Beta (Berlin), VIVID (Sydney) and Centre Pompidou (Paris).
Tim is currently Creative Director of Reactive in Sydney.
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Australian Graphic Design Association Limited is the peak national organization representing the Australian graphic design industry.
With more than 2,600 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.