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AGIDEAS: Day 2

MARINA WILLER (WOLFF OLINS)

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Willer may have had the best comedy slides out of any speaker.  Originally from Brazil, she included various photographs from Brazil showing the DANGEROUSLY inventive ways Brazilians have solved certain situations.  An example of this was a car jacked up by a piece of wood whilst the driver was changing the wheel.  The point of this was to explain that we can invent and create things out of products we already have – to look around and see the world differently and use it to your advantage.  She forwarded this idea by showing us some short promos she did for a VH1 where she synced music to home video footage of household appliances, like the washing machine, highly effectively.  She then showed us some of her graphic work including the corporate identity for the Southbank Centre in London.  The simple yet complex graphics used is cleverly interwoven with any of the artist posters who are playing there and the design – in the end of the day – is only a bunch of lines criss crossing each other. Props!

 

TYLER CANN (LEN LYE EXHIBITION)

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It is a true shame that Tyler Cann’s presentation was as dull as it was since Len Lye’s moving images seems quite amazing.  Yes, go see it when it comes to ACMI (I know I will) but don’t listen this this curator guy. Just don’t.

 

SEAN CUMMINS

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“The best job in the world” campaign for Hamilton Island?  This guys idea.  He is also a massive fan of the word “fuck”.  Lots of uses.  It’s funny, no one used the word till him and then it was slowly introduced with the rest of the speakers, but I’m getting sidetracked.  I enjoyed his talk although according to rumblings I heard on the third day I may have been a minority on that.  He talked about looking to your home first before looking at the latest trends from around the world and to find your inner voice.  The hand drawn “Powerpoint” presentation was a nice touch as well.

 

ENESS (STEVEN MIESZELEWICZ & NIMROD WEIS)

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During the intermission this year there were these sophisticated graphics projected on the front black curtain going along with the music. These are the guys that did that.  They generally make interactive installations which have taken them all over the world.  They recounted a story when they were showing an installation in India about one of the Indian students who helped build the piece.  He asked them when the show was all over, “Why? What is the reason behind all of this?”, and they couldn’t come up with a proper answer.  There was no doubt that these guys could come up with some amazing visuals using the latest technological wonders but to what purpose?  This changed their work from then on and I think it is a very poignant point for us all to take away.  The last project that they showed was a telescope made out of cardboard.  When you look through it, it gives you a projected image of the space that’s around you, day or night.  Hard one to explain in words so here’s the youtube clip.  Look out for it on the banks of the Yarra shortly.

 

PAUL GARBETT

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My memory struggles to recount Paul Garbett’s talk well (40+ speakers people, it’s hard)

 

JAMES HACKETT

As you can see, Hackett films has done some very recognisable animation throughout the years.  His explained two types of the animation styles he uses, montage and distortion.  The montage aspect seemed rather elementary to me but the distortion side was great, talking us through the MVC’s of The Dissociatives.  Making characters out of people who already exist and are recognizable was a challenge but by exaggerating certain features of the face, like the eyes and mouth, he was able to create a puppet like Daniel Johns.  It’s quite a simple idea and I’m sure you have all mucked around with your own face in Photoshop for your own amusement but then animating this was a great idea.

 

CHARLTON HILL

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The general manager of Supersonic, a sound design studio is a wanker.  We watched the showreel and the work that they have done (which is mighty good might I add) but he didn’t give us a real sense of the insides of how and why he chose to do certain sounds.  It seemed more of a “how good are we at Supersonic” talk. Don’t care.

 

THE SARTORIALIST

The surprise speaker this year was “The Sartorialist”, famed fashion blogger from the USA.  By all means check out the website for some great photography from people on the street from around the world.  It is terrific (http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/).  I don’t how he managed to make his presentation drag out for as a long as it did however as all he needed to say was that he shoots everyday people on the street who he thinks is stylish from around the world every day.  I don’t know why you need 40 minutes to say that.  Either way, he’s a lucky bastard for being able to do this full time.  I could think of worse jobs.

 

PHILIP MILLAR

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OK so who doesn’t like puppets?  If your one of them, then your just plain weird.  This guy made the dinosaurs for the “Walking with the Dinosaurs” stage show which is travelling all over the world and they look friggin unreal!  He talked about his rather interesting career (and his self confessed, ridiculous 80s fashion sense).  It was interesting to note that you can still see the people (in blacks) controlling the puppets but this doesn’t really effect the overall performance.  He pointed out that if you DON’T see the puppeteer then a large majority of the show will be you trying to figure out how the puppet works rather then just enjoying the show.  An example of this would be the Muppet’s characters where you can see the wires that control the arms but don’t really care about them.  Interesting stuff!  Plus he had a beard.  Brownie points.

 

KEN TAYLOR

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I have always had a soft spot for good music gig posters.  I have a few of them signed and framed on my walls.  I think the design challenge to create one is tough.  You often don’t have alot of time to design them and as Ken Taylor pointed out, with very little budget.  You can’t create a colourful illustrative wonder either since that would raise the printing costs and you need to know what kind of dodgy stock the poster will be printed on too.  So keeping all this in mind, it is a joy to see work as good as Taylor’s.  Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kings of Leon, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones all think his good enough to do their posters.  Maybe there’s something in that.

 

MILTON WATKINS

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Ballarat Book Binding & Specialist Printing.  Good to see something out of Melbourne Metro being represented.  Milton Watkins, a larger then life character, figuratively and literally, talked us through his methods of binding books surprisingly enough.  His talk went for a tad longer then he needed to (and continually lecturing us that the mac was a better computer then the PC was bizarre considering his audience) but nevertheless I have a new found appreciation for the restoration of books.  I don’t know if I’m ready to go to Ballarat for my next design project however…

 

ANDREA INNOCENT

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Andrea may not have had the best presentation but her work is quite impressive.  She would give us a long winded true story (generally based in Japan) which would go for five minutes or so and then show us her representational illustration of that story so we can see the level of depth that each of her images achieve.  She also pointed out that she managed to do the identity of a Canadian film festival by having one of her works on a Canadian website. The film festival people found it and loved it so they gave her the call.

 

STANLEY WONG

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My highlight of the day, Stanley Wong, encompasses everything that I want to be as a designer.  Insanely prolific, completely multidisciplinary, and overall nice guy.  Graphic design, motion, film, installations.  This guy does everything.  Most of his talk was about his ‘redwhiteblue’ project which as the agideas book says, “depicts the positive spirit of Hong Kong using the ubiquitous tri-colour canvas”.  He has used the canvas on posters, the interiors of cafes, social messages, anything and everything but it somehow all works.  His talk reiterated Sean Cumins talk earlier about being true to yourself and your surroundings.  Stanley Wong didn’t look for world trends when coming up with the concept.  It was his country, his people. Inspiring!

 

TOBIAS FRERE-JONES

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We were lucky enough to have one the genuine masters of typography address us as the last speaker of day 2.  Tobias’s talk was built around the design behind two of his typefaces, Gotham and Archer.  His pride could be seen when talking about Gotham being used as they official typeface for the Obama campaign and his disgust with Martha Stewart recommending Courier as a direction for the new Archer typeface was hilarious.   His website descriptions of both fonts do them way more justice then I can so I’ll add them here:

http://www.typography.com/fonts/font_overview.php?productLineID=100008

http://www.typography.com/fonts/font_overview.php?productLineID=100033


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