Something Digital…

On the 1 November, the inaugural Something Digital festival was held at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Celebrating all things digital, the organisers worked with 64 organisations to bring fresh, up-to-the-minute information without any of the fluff/BS that can be thrown around the tech world at times.

After a welcome by Cat Matson, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the City of Brisbane, there were a series of presentations and International Keynote Speakers including Adam Bonnifield from Airbus, Mariana Dahan from World Identity Network, Caroline Sinders, and Justin Hendrix from NYC Media Labs.

Presentations ranged from:

  • Artificial Intelligence and how a collection of narrow intelligences will drive advancement, rather than a self aware, singularity.
  • Using blockchain as a way to help at risk individuals have a safe, secure form of identification.
  • How robotics is (slowly) gaining traction in Australia within manufacturing, agricultural and logistics industries.
  • The possibilities mobile 5G connectivity will bring us in the very near future. Expecting it to drive the “Internet of things” with 50 billion connected devices in the next three years. Bringing our digital and real life persona closer together through Augmented and Virtual Reality. Powering the disruption of even more industries – much like we have already witnessed by companies such as Uber and Airbnb.

The driving theme throughout the day wasn’t about technology for technologies sake. It was about using it for real world applications that will help us each and every day. The idea is not to replace people with these emerging technologies, rather enhance working experiences and free-up time for better customer service.

Ethics within the digital space was discussed at length as well. With scandals like the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data making headlines around the world, there needs to be better safeguards of our private information. he use of Blockchain technologies could be one way to address these concerns in the future.

It was an intense day of information to take in – but very engaging and positive! It was great to see the vibrant digital economy Brisbane has to offer. Showcasing that we are not only a digital force within Australia, we are a digital force on the global stage as well.

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Another fantastic Typism event!

Basking in the glorious winter GC sun – we were super excited to return for another year of typography inspiration. Our expectations were high, based on the 2017 line-up.

This year’s collection of presenters – all internationally-renown designers and typographers did not disappoint!

We listened intently to each presenter, ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhed’ at their amazing work, and learnt loads . . . design approaches, analogue and digital techniques, typographic styles, creative challenges (and solutions), tips for better understanding clients – this event had it all!

Best of all – we spent a great day together immersing ourselves in a community of creative inspiration!

The guest speakers included Wanissa Somsuphangsri, Barbara Enright, Cyla Costa, Lachlan Philp, Kelly Spencer, Crystian Cruz, Karin Newport.

Thanks Dominique and your team for another fabulous Typism event!

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Untitled. {The Design Conference 2018}

We attended this year’s event showcasing designers and graphic artists from Australia and around the world – two days of being fully immersed in design thinking. Held at the Powerhouse, the Design Conference was attended by over 500 delegates (local, national and international designers, industry peers, students and people who just love design!)

Design has the ability to extend, express and engage. It can communicate beyond perceived boundaries – geographically, culturally, politically and ethically.

It was a sensory delight seeing these designers’ works and hearing their journeys (both personal insights and career highlights). With the theme to this year’s event being “Life changing moments”, each speaker presented their own perspective on how they do what they do, and more importantly WHY they do what they do. As both personal and professional yardsticks, we found ourselves inwardly exclaiming “yes!” “me too!” and “oh wow!” many times! We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet other designers, discuss design topics in depth, be creatively inspired and awed by the achievements of such stand-out creatives!

  • It’s cool to be a kiwi and wear jandals on stage
  • Dyslexia is no obstacle to great design
  • Design can be a powerful driver to effecting change in humanity
  • Beautiful normal is a wonderful state of being!
  • Typefaces can be exceptional in themselves – when incorporated into brilliant design – the result AMAZING!
  • By guided by your own passion. It’s not a competition.

Each speaker was insightful and empowering in their own way.

Absolute standouts were…

It is so important to be challenged and inspired by learning from others.
And TDC provided us with such a brilliant opportunity to do this.

So when can we purchase tickets for next year’s event?

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Happy International Print day!!!

We love print – and today is the day we celebrate this amazing medium for communication!
Here is a collection of recent print productions we are proud to call our own ‘works of art’!

Want to know more about the value of print?

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Business Chicks – Amy Cuddy

There I was, seated in a room with 400 other women, at an event to which our guest presenter had travelled all the way from the USA to present. I was so eager to hear this inspiring woman’s presentation about “The power of presence and importance of posture”…

Ever since watching her Ted talk over a year ago I have been obsessed with Amy Cuddy (and I’m not alone with over 4 million other people having watched it too!).

Amy Cuddy is known as the ‘Power Pose Lady’. Yet there is far more to Amy than her Ted talk and poses. She is a Harvard Business School Professor and Social Psychologist. Amy studies how nonverbal behaviour influences people and her research has been published in top academic journals.


Being present
Amy has also authored a book called Presence, and began her presentation talking about just that – being present.

I hung off every word and easily related what she was telling us, to how I feel when presenting concepts to clients – her presentation was perfect for this!

Amy summed up her advice and reasoning about Presence into a single slide (see left).

The power of posture
The second part of Amy’s presentation focused on the power of posture. She explained how when we feel accomplished our automatic reaction is to raise our arms above our head (as if you are a gymnast completing a routine at the Olympics). Amy explained how even people who are totally blind do this same automatic reaction – which proves how in-built the response is to us all. I myself recalled how my arms went up high above my head the moment I was crowned Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane 2016! So it must be true!

Amy’s research has shown that this specific pose gives us power and confidence even when we are not feeling so flash. So using this pose is an actual way that we can draw out our inner strengths and seize a moment with more confidence.

Amy concluded her presentation into four significant pointers to take into our daily life (see right).

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Amy and learning more about how to develop confidence and ‘stand proud’ – even when I may be nervous as all heck on the inside!

Gemma Jestico
Designer – Salt Design

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Aiming for the stars!

On Thursday 13 July, I had the pleasure of attending the Women’s Leadership Forum in Brisbane, at Victoria Park. Held by the ‘Aim for the Stars’ Foundation.

Aim for the Stars’ was founded by Australian world champion surfer, Layne Beachley. Her aim, through the Foundation, is to empower and inspire women of all ages to achieve their dreams and become great leaders.

Resilience
Thursday’s forum focused on resilience and brought together presentations by a number of women who are recognised leaders in their chosen fields of sport, science, business communication and entrepreneurship.

Finding your voice
The first guest speaker was Dr Cathy Foley – Director and Deputy Director of Manufacturing at CSIRO.

Cathy’s presentation was both engaging and amusing! She told us of her life journey from being a dyslexic young girl who did not even know her times tables – to being part of world-renown discoveries in science.
From ‘power posing’, to keeping fit, to dinner planning – Cathy provided us with great insight and tips from her life lessons.

I felt that everyone in the room could relate to Cathy’s insights and gained reassurance that in life, no one is perfect! What makes the difference is how we approach sticky situations and how we can empower ourselves to rise to each challenge!

Fear is good
Holly Ransom was our second guest speaker. Holly is known as a serial overachiever! She is CEO of her own business and has an accomplished list of achievements well beyond her age! To just name one – Holly was listed by Sir Richard Branson in 2016 as one of his dream dinner guests!

Holly explained how she went from being diagnosed with clinical depression to travelling the world and doing something she feared every day for an entire year. She went on to tell us how she trained and completed a 13-hour marathon – how the hardships and inspiration she gained through the experience provided her with capabilities well beyond what she could have imagined possible.

Holly showed us how such life lessons provided her with the agility and resilience to shape and direct her career. It was so inspiring to listen and learn about how much she has achieved at such a young age.

Being inspired
To conclude the Forum, we listened to three young women who have each received scholarships from ‘Aim for the Stars’. We listened to their amazing achievements and how the Foundation has supported and guided them. Each of these women provided great tips on personal growth and ensured us all that no matter what life may throw at you – you CAN achieve amazing things!

A day of inspiration and reassurance
What a fabulous event full of inspiration and reassurance. With effort, determination and, most importantly, resilience – we can achieve our dreams!

Bree McElroy
Designer – Salt Design

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The Design Conference Brisbane 2017 // PART 1

The Design Conference (TDC) 2017, had us excited to hear the future role of design in our world. With an awe-inspiring line-up, 680+ guests and a great location, we knew we were in for one hell of a ride!

Hannah – Senior Designer, Salt Design

Representing Salt Design, I shared in the event with my two salty colleagues, two of our Salty clients and a (new) friend I made at last year’s TDC – which made it all the more enjoyable!

A key theme throughout TDC which resonated with me, especially as a Senior Designer looking to inspire our team, was epitomised by a single slide in Mike Rigby’s presentation (ECD – R/GA): “Design is a movement not an industry.”

So, what is it that drives this movement? Designers who have the hunger, the right attitude, the ability to amplify their creativity through technology, and understand the answer to the ‘why’. That’s what!

It’s never too late to discover our creative journey, play more to develop our creative identity or take our side projects to the next level. As designers, we should always be learning, or as the guys from UsTwo put it –”shlearning!” (share learning). Working as a collaborative team who are willing to “give the world a wobble, ay” (Dean Poole, Alt Group), and solve design through human connection.

Highlight
Dean Poole – an extraordinary mind, full of creative twists! Such a wicked talk and not surprisingly the People’s Choice awardee! New Zealand designers seem to have a creative edge I find fascinating and Dean had us captivated within seconds. It was such a pleasure to meet Dean on Day 2 and thank him for blowing our creative minds!

 

Bree – Designer, Salt Design

Camille Walala
What a great way to kick off The Design Conference for 2017!

French born, London based commercial artist Camille explained how she went from selling cheese, to failing to sell her work at market stalls, to partying in London, to collaborating and travelling the world creating murals, collaborating with fashion labels, restaurants, shopping centres and much more!

Camille gave a great insight into the importance of creating opportunities for yourself – even if you have absolutely no idea what you are doing. That t