Ken Garland in Australia

Published:  March 25, 2013
Heath Killen
Ken Garland in Australia

Ken Garland will be making his first trip to Australia next month for a series of speaking engagements and workshops. Ken Garland is a designer, author and teacher who has played a significant role in the development of contemporary graphic design.

After studying design at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts in the early 1950′s, he opened his own studio, Ken Garland & Associates, in 1962.

Ken champions a belief in the social responsibility of design, and his ideas are still as relevant today as when he first published the groundbreaking First Things First manifesto in 1964. Ken is also the subject of a recently published comprehensive monograph of his life and work by Unit Editions.

Ken Garland UTS Design Talks poster by Mark Gowing

Ken’s tour will begin in Sydney, where he will be delivering a talk at UTS Visual Communication Design as part of the university’s Autumn 2013 Design Talks lecture series, presented in partnership with UWS and COFA. This event is completely free and open to the public, beginning at 6pm. The address of the venue is 10—14 Kensington Street, Chippendale.

The tour will then move to Melbourne, where Ken will be speaking at the Monash Art, Design & Architecture faculty as part of the semester 1, 2013 Volume Control speaker series. Ken’s Melbourne talk will take place at MADA Lecture Theatre G1.04 from 6pm on April 8th . General public tickets are strictly limited and available via the MADA Eventbrite page. MADA staff and students are free to attend.

Ken will then be visiting Brisbane as part of the Responsive Projects ‘Identity’ forum, which takes place on Thursday April 11th at the State Library of Queensland. This event will also feature international guest Rob Giampietro and local speakers Mark Gowing, Michaela Webb, Kevin Finn, and (US expatriate) Peter Hall. Tickets to the event are still available on the Responsive Projects website.

The following day (Friday April 12th) Ken will be hosting an intimate workshop at, again at the State Library of Queensland. The workshop will feature a design brief from Ken, involving discussion and critique in a challenging, collaborative environment. This workshop is ideal for students and recent graduates wanting to investigate the powerful potential of design and typography. Tickets are extremely limited for this event, and are now availble from the Responsive Projects Eventbrite page.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of the most influential figures in contemporary graphic design speak in your city!


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