Semi-Permanent Conference – Brisbane

08 Jun

Friday 4th of July at the convention centre in Brissie City was a meeting place for all things design, this was part of a week long celebration of Graphic Design, Film, Art, Illustration and more which happens annually in four cities around Australia and New Zealand. I took a few notes during the conference and will share my experience with you now, sadly none of the photos I took turned out well enough to publish but (I hope they don’t mind) I have borrowed a photo of each speaker from the Semi-Permanent facebook site just so I could remember them better, and show them to you. THANKS to semi-Permanent.

The venue was sold out and we were lucky to get seats together with a good view of the speaker and screen, there ended up being 21 of us and we did walk in a little late. The first speaker was Louise from Frankie magazine who gave us some helpful hints and tips on how to survive in the world of design – this is great as it is what we are all wondering at this point in our lives. She suggested: we ought to be able to take constructive criticism, be able to find problems and solve them, hard work pays off, to get involved in everything at every level and to ask questions.  She spoke of the honesty involved in the Frankie magazines and the beauty of the raw photos, how they can evoke feelings, emotions thoughts rather then the image in the photo. Frankie magazine is 6 years old and have released a calendar, a couple of cookbooks and calendars.

Louise Bannister – Frankie Magazine

Modelling clay seemed to be a big part of the designers development, with Mymo using it both in her paintings/pictures and as sample monsters – she liked to recreate the child in herself & loved the tactile qualities of the medium. Her monsters had a loveable quality which I just couldn’t resist, having always seen creatures in things throughout my life it was a comforting thing for me to meet Mymo’s monsters.


Toben – a dynamic team of Thorsten Kulp and Katja Hartung, who spoke about the joys of being part of a design studio based in Sydney dealing in art direction, identity, packaging and illustration. A visit to their web site will explain all their work, past and present: They seem like a dynamic team who believe in ‘minimal’ design and are inspired by all the good things in life like play, frolicking, music and record covers, they like to be able to occupy several genres with their work.


Stephen Dupont.                   I am almost speechless when I think of the work he has done in the 15 years he’s spent in Afghanistan, his 18 minute documentary he showed as an opening number had it’s desired effect – yes we were all uncomfortable, such a strong anti war statement I have never witnessed before & probably never will again. “Generation AK” it was called.

The production of the film and the choice of music was terrifically done, and although the images were graphically horrific the production and music was equally beautiful. A small sample of the film can be seen here, on the film makers – Pholpo’s site:

Stephen Dupont

Alexia Sinclair, exuberant digital artist based in Sydney, started her session with a twitter (@alexiasinclair) competition to win a Wacom. She seemed to have been obsessed with fashion, the colour and fantasy of the 70’s and 80’s and dance, that was what she listed as her influences along with other lifestyle habits which a small girl might of had. Alexia must have been influential at an extremely early age for this to happen. Her work was pretty and must of taken her a long time to design, it all seemed incredibly shallow and extravagant, especially after Stephen Dupont’s heart wrenchingly moving images.

Alexia Sinclair

A production company to specialise in post production, visual effects, broadcast and motion. Stephen van Elst started out as a Graphic Designer, with a flair for Printmaking and Sculpture but found his real passion was Digital. He was invited to work in a London studio in Motion and Multi-media Design.We were given the opportunity to view the layering of the effects and how the visuals were all put together for flicks like the “Drumstick-Summer” ad, TV series “Pacific” opening credits for “Bran Nue Day” and pig in “Charlottes Web”. He admitted that they just love to create ”something out of nothing.”

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Jasper Goodall is one of the most influential graphic artists of his generation, his work having helped pave the way for the reassessment and reinvention of illustration over the last few years.” (Semi-Permanent web site)

This was a man who’s style was ever changing and developing through the years, we saw it’s birth, growth and development over the years through Jasper’s folio and witnessed his exploration into fantasy first hand. His work was extremely inspirational and exactly the type of work I aspire toward for myself – I left there feeling so inspired that if I had a laptop I would have been working all the way home in the bus, I love the style, the era and the colours, the subject matter could be altered to suit me better but what he showed us was a part of himself.

Jasper’s work is on his website


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