agIdeas 2012 – tickets on sale

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Published:  February 16, 2012
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agIdeas 2012 – tickets on sale

agIdeas is back in Melbourne this May with an excellent line-up of 40 speakers from around the world. The festival is celebrating its 22nd year of recognising design and creativity and has grown since its initial beginnings by Ken Cato in the early 1990s. Apart from the big drawcard – the three-day design forum – there are a range of other events on the go: design studio visits, business breakfast, research conference, secondary school forum, workshops and more.

The ‘International Design Forum: agIdeas Design Intelligence’ runs from Wednesday 23 May to Friday 25 May. Tickets are now on sale – buy yours here.

We’ve scoped out the speaker list and have chosen a few favourites (excerpts and images taken from the agIdeas site):

Marian Bantjes
Canada
Living and working on an island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver, Marian Bantjes has been variously described as a typographer, designer, artist and writer. Her highly personal, obsessive and sometimes strange graphic work has brought her international recognition. Marian’s work has been published in books and magazines around the world, and is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian) in New York.

David Berman
Canada
David is an infectiously enthusiastic motivator who assists people in organisations to align their personal and business values, equips them with strategic skills, and challenges them to apply their professional strengths to help create a more sustainable and just world.

Vladimir Chaika
Russia

One of the most acclaimed Russian designers of our time, he has been honoured with major international awards for his poster art, characterised by an edgy minimalism and bold, inventive use of colour and typography. He is part of Rodchenko 120 exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.

Paul Marcus Fuog
Australia

One of the bright lights of the graphic design scene, Paul of Melbourne applies his talents across art direction, identities, packaging, poster, editorial and exhibition projects. His work is always current and often personal, informed by observation and a curiosity about contemporary culture.

Russel Howcroft
Australia
Currently the National CEO of Y&R Brands, Australia and New Zealand, Russel Howcroft is a popular panel member on ABC TV’s hugely successful shows The Gruen Transfer and The Gruen Planet. Through his appearances, and his role as a regular commentator on radio, he has become the public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia.

Linda Jukic
Australia

Creative director of the Sydney-based brand and digital agency Moon Communications Group, Linda Jukic has won numerous Australian and international awards for her design work, which ranges across print, video, environmental and branding campaigns. Linda’s holistic approach combines solid strategic thinking with a strong design sensibility, always putting the brand and consumer at the heart of what she does.

Marita Leuver
Australia

Principal and creative director of Sydney-based studio Leuver Design, the exquisitely gifted Marita has been at the top of her profession for more than 25 years, applying her passion for graphic design that is distinctive, intelligent, evocative and, above all, functional.

Apex Lin
Taiwan

Director of the department of fine arts at National Taiwan Normal University, Apex Pang-soong Lin is widely regarded as the most influential image-maker and design educator in Taiwan. He has been honored with the ICOGRADA Achievement Award and the Red Dot award for communication design.

Art Paul
USA
Art has had a career that can best be described as an adventure. The founding art director of Playboy Magazine, designing the magazine and its rabbit-head logo, he is known for ignoring hierarchies and blurring boundaries. He is also an inductee of the Art Directors’ Hall of Fame.

Mauro Porcini
Italy

Head of Global Design at 3M, Mauro manages the company’s design strategies, leading teams based in USA, Italy, China, and Japan. He was selected as one of the ‘Masters of Design’ in 2011. Mauro’s teams at 3M have been recognised with several awards, among them the Red Dot Design Award.

Alex Stitt
Australia

Alex is one of Australia’s foremost graphic designers – and an illustrator, animator and writer. His work, which has reached a vast Australian audience over the course of a 50 year career, is characterised by incisive wit, irrepressible good humour and lovely colours. His immense body of work is documented in ‘Stitt Autobiographics’, published in September 2011.

Shaun Tan
Australia

Hailed as an outstanding and original creative talent, Shaun Tan received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2011 in recognition of his work as a writer, artist and promoter of reading. He also won an Academy Award for his short animated film The Lost Thing, an adaptation of his book of the same title. He currently works as a freelance artist and writer in Melbourne.

Bruce Weatherhead (Tribute) By Ned Culic
The wonderfully talented Melbourne designer Bruce Weatherhead died in January 2011. At agIdeas 2012, designer/illustrator Ned Culic, a former employee and later a co-tenant in a shared studio space, hosts a tribute to this legendary Australian image-maker.

View the rest of the speaker list here.

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