Posts Tagged 'julia deville'





Werner was adorable.   He had what seemed like one of his students with him to help with his English, not that he needed her much.  Prolific!  He went through his myriad of poster designs over the decades and then showed us his rather interesting installation pieces he made recently.




Luca joined us via Skype which was a little disturbing at first seeing a massive head on the projection screen but we all got used to it after a little while.  I’m no fashion person but the girls next to me were massively excited to see him.  It was amusing when he said that you can use his pieces as rugs as well and hearing the shock from the fashion design kids in the audience.  He said that his pieces are all over the floor in his studio and people just walk over them.  Good to see him not being precious.




The Monster Children guys opened up their talk by announcing that one of them had gotten himself laid over the last two nights while being in Melbourne.  Nice!  These guys were truly dudes!  No pretentiousness here.  They went through the history of the art/skate mag Monster Children including all their earlier editions where they had made ‘errors’ like putting full fronting nudity on the first edition, painting the barcode as a piece of artwork on a wall, photographing it and using that as the cover, having a 12 year old girl smoking on the cover; these guys like breaking the rules.  Why not?  That was what they were trying to point out with their talk.  They are still going strong five years on.  Good on them!




Melbourne based typography guru, Stephen’s talk was again, enlightening to see and learn more about typography.  The most interesting aspect of his talk was about his new book, where he went to a Primary School and asked mid grade kids to draw a corporate identity.  Some of the illustrations were hilariously all over the place but many were frightfully accurate in their font details which showed us the importance of type as identity.  Fascinating stuff!




Trevor’s talk on IP law may have been a tad long and a little grating towards the end but he did have an interesting case study on Vanilla Bean aromatherapy he worked on recently where there were three copy cat items on sale in Australia, showing us that copycats are abundant in this country.  There was a massive cheer when he said that we were all getting the free Design Victoria IP booklet which was hilarious.  





Ahh, taxidermy.  Tasty stuff!  Julia infuses her taxidermy skills with jewelery as well as stand alone pieces as the above bunny.  Groans from the crowd were heard when she went through the taxidermy process.  I found it all rather interesting but I still wouldn’t wear a bird wing necklace.





Massive cheers from the crowd for this guy when he came out.  And why not.  His damn good.  Insanely young for the success that he has had, he talked about how he got into illustrating, toughing it out in retail as he kept on working at home and finally making it big time.  He showed us his processes which I imagine would have been an interesting insight for all illustrators in the audience.  Again, being prolific was the key for this guy.





Poor guy.  Ridiculously nervous.  About 5 minutes into his talk he lost his place with his speech papers and seem to loose it a little until someone yelled out from the audience ‘It’s ok Tony!’ to rapturous applause which seemed to get him back on track.  Unfortunately his nerves kinda got in the way with what he was saying but hey, his photographs look pretty cool.





Jane Prior does a lot of the Foxtel channel branding.  Nothing much really excited me about the work to be honest.





Tony Prysten from Igloo explained to us that he sees lots and lots of folios all the time.  The number one thing he looks for in a folio are ideas rather then technical perfectionism.  He also spoke about the paramount importance of understanding new digital technologies (ie.interactive) along with more traditional graphic design to be a player in the field these days.  On a side note, he gave away 10 copies of his book and I missed out by a whisker! Damn!



I was a little disappointed with Soap’s talk.  This is the kind of work that I would love to do and I really wanted to see an insight into their work but they spoke instead about their studio culture and the fact that they have parties, they’re social, they have their own beer, blah blah.  I know it’s important to have a strong knit group as a team but it wasn’t what I wanted to hear from them.  I know other people loved their talk, and it was good, just not what I wanted to hear from them.





The last speaker of the event was also the best speaker of the event.  Truly inspiring and insightful stuff.  Harry talked about various campaigns he has worked on (too many to mention) but he also showed us photographs that he had taken of non sensical street signs (ie. Avenue Road) to explain to us that weird magical things happen all the time around us.  I know it sounds like wanker talk but it was really good.


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