Semi-Permanent Melbourne

Published:  September 7, 2011
Semi-Permanent Melbourne

Semi-Permanent will be arriving in Melbourne next week on 23 and 24 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Now in its ninth year and proudly supported by desktop, 2011 has already seen the completion of three successful conferences, in Sydney, Hong Kong and Brisbane. Tickets are on sale now.

All twelve speakers have now been announced (details and images taken from Semi-Permanent’s site):

Büro North
Design Studio – Melbourne
Established in 2004, Büro North is a multi-disciplinary design practice delivering evidence-based solutions that are creative, measurable and meaningful. Led by Design Director Soren Luckins and Wayfinding Strategist Finn Butler, the diverse team works across the disciplines of graphic design, industrial design and wayfinding.

Büro North, design studio, Melbourne

Animal Logic
Visual effects – Sydney
Established in 1991, Animal Logic quickly earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading design, visual effects and animation companies. With studios in Sydney, Australia and an office in Los Angeles, California, Animal Logic continues to produce award-winning work for a diverse, international clientele.

Animal Logic, visual effects, Sydney

Benja Harney
Paper engineer, Sydney
Benja is a self-taught Sydney based Paper Engineer.

 Paper is his passion…

Through his business, Paperform, Benja has been dedicated to engineering high-end pop-up books and paper construction professionally for about 6 years, for a variety of applications including: advertising, magazine illustration, fashion, packaging, invitations and fine art.

Benja Harney, paper engineer, Sydney

Photographer, New York
Widely acknowledged as one of the worlds most talented photographers, London born, New York based portrait and documentary photographer, Platon has shot pretty much any major politician and celebrity you may care to name. Including the likes of Barack Obama, Muammar Qaddafi, Vladimir Putin, Al Pacino, George Clooney and many many more.


Platon, photographer, New York

Scott Dadich
Digital Media, New York
As VP, digital magazine development for Condé Nast, Scott Dadich leads the company’s creative efforts to build digital editions of its titles for electronic reading devices. From 2006 to 2010, Dadich was the creative director of Condé Nast’s Wired, where he oversaw design, photography, and production for the magazine. He also directed the 2007 redesign and relaunch of and served as the creative director for the 10-hour PBS television series Wired Science.

Scott Dadich. Digital Media, New York.

Kelly Thompson
Illustrator, Wellington
Kelly Thompson may be from New Zealand, but for the last few years numerous Australian magazines and blogs have claimed her as their own. Her distinctive seductive illustrations and penchant for beautiful girls have caught the eye of the art and fashion community and launched her career internationally, she is now one of New Zealand’s most popular and recognised illustrators.

Kelly Thompson. Illustrator, Wellington

Sam Leach
Artist, Melbourne
Sam Leach was born in Adelaide in 1973. He completed a bachelor of economics at Adelaide University before studying painting at RMIT, completing his masters of fine art in 2009. Leach’s paintings are detailed studies of animals and technology considering how they relate with humans. His project has been fuelled by an interest in the developments and discoveries of science as it emerged in the 17th century.

Sam Leach. Artist, Melbourne

Suprb & Kurppa Hosk
Creative Direction, Sweden
Andreas Philstrom, Thomas Kurppa and Mans Jacobsson will take the stage on behalf of Suprb & Kurppa Hosk. Philstrom has been working with user experience design, creative direction, concept development and social network development for studios and agencies all over the world. He has been responsible for various innovative and well known projects such as the media bookmarking service ‘Dropular’ and the ‘Grid-A-Licious’ WordPress theme, one of 2008-09′s most recognisable web design layout templates to name but a few.

Kurppa received his professional training at the Forsberg School of Design in Stockholm from 1996 to 1999. After working as a designer for Wallpaper* magazine, he became art director of Stockholm Design Lab from 2002 to 2008. In 2009 he founded – together with
Måns Jacobsson Hosk, Kurppa Hosk, and has since then been working as creative director.

Måns has a background as brand strategist and concept developer at some of Sweden’s most renowned communication agencies. He’s been working with a broad range of brands spanning from local culture brands to global consumer and B2B brands.

Suprb & Kurppa Hosk. Creative Direction, Sweden

Ben Lewis
Documentary Filmmaker, London
Ben Lewis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and art critic, whose films are commissioned by the BBC, Arte and a long list of broadcasters from Europe, North America and Australia. Among his credits are The King of Communism: the pomp and pageantry, Nicolae Ceausescu and Hammer and Tickle: the Communist Joke Book, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festivaland won best documentary at the Zurich Film Festival. He is best known for his series about contemporary artists Art Safari, which featured films on Maurizio Cattelan, Takashi Murakami, Matthew Barney, Sophie Calle and Wim Delvoye, among others.

Ben Lewis. Documentary Film Maker, London

Patrick Clair
Motion Graphics, Sydney
Patrick is a designer and director from Sydney, Australia. Specialising in motion design, music visuals and information graphics, his work has a strong focus on innovation with a strong passion for combining motion design with storytelling. His design work has been featured in places like IdN Magazine, Desktop, Inside Film Awards, Australian Creative, Juxtapoz, Stash Magazine, Infosthetics and OneDotZero Festival, and has he created documentaries about robot warfare, cyber activism, private military contractors, digital privacy and football.

Patrick Clair. Motion Graphics, Sydney

Ken Taylor
Artist, Melbourne
Melbourne based illustrator and designer, Ken Taylor, works primarily within the music industry and is predominantly well known for his striking rock posters. Ken started in Perth, Western Australia doing posters and album artwork for local bands. In 2001 he moved to Melbourne and slowly started to create a name for himself within Melbourne’s music scene. In 2006 he went out on his own and started to work full time on music based artwork.

Ken Taylor. Artist, Melbourne

Agency, Sydney/New York/Auckland
Droga5 is an independent advertising network, creatively led, strategically driven, technology friendly and humanity obsessed. Named 2009 ‘Australian Agency of the Year’ by B&T, as well as ‘Best Commercial of the Year’ for their VB TV spot.

Droga5. Agency, Sydney/New York/Auckland

For more information, head to

All images copyright by each respective speaker.

Thumbnail image: copyright Suprb and Kurpha Hosk.

2 Responses

  1. Awesome lineup! Soooo hope Ken Taylor will be talking at the Perth Semi Perm!

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