Mark Gowing has been designing identities, books and posters for 25 years. His work has been published, exhibited and awarded around the world and in 2008 became the first Australian to win the Gold Medal at the 21st International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. Mark is driven by the belief that design is as much about feeling as it is understanding. This commitment is exhibited in the studio’s output where Mark seeks to engage audiences with emotional communications for leading arts businesses such as, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, UNSW Press and Hopscotch Films.
Suzanne Boccalatte is a serial creative. A designer, communicator, artist, thinker, writer and social innovator, Suzanne has run communications studio, Boccalatte, since 1990. Focusing on visual communications, publishing and new media, she has attracted clients from some of the leading cultural and social institutions across Australia. She is interested in the future of design and how it can challenge expectations, create impact and contribute to society as a whole.
Her passion for art, design and writing has lead to her producing a series of distinctive books and events in collaboration with artists and galleries—including Trunk, an award-winning, cultural compendium with contributions from a global community of writers, artists and designers. As an artist, her work sits in The National Gallery of Australia and Powerhouse Museum. She appeared on TV and radio and has lectured at universities and has sat on many judging and advisory panels. Most recently she has been appointed to the NSW Government Creative Industries Taskforce, set up to develop strategies to drive growth, innovation and productivity in the creative industries sector.
Christopher Doyle is an Australian graphic designer living and working in Sydney. With over ten years experience in brand and design, his work has been featured on numerous blogs, used as the basis for education material in Europe and the United States and appeared in feature articles for Creative Review and Grafik Magazine. In 2009 he was named one of Indesign Magazine’s Top Ten Faces and Forces of Design and in 2011 his work was selected to be part of Graphic Design: Now in Production (GD:NIP) – a joint exhibition with Cooper-Hewitt and the National Design Museum in America. He has lectured at Canberra University, Billy Blue School of Design (Sydney), Griffith University (Brisbane) Enmore Tafe (Sydney) AGIdeas (Melbourne) and Wollongong University (NSW) and has sat on the NSW council for the Australian Graphic Design Association. He has also made written contributions to Desktop Magazine, Design Assembly, Australian Creative and Process Journal. He has also served as a judge at D&AD, AWARD and AADC.He also happens to be that guy who found a piece of Nutri-Grain that looked like E.T. then sold it on eBay for a thousand dollars. True story. He currently works with the wonderful and curious folk at Interbrand, Sydney.
Heath Killen is a designer, art director and the editor of Desktop magazine.
Damien Aistrope is an Australian based digital designer and developer. His site credits range from underground labels to corporate behemoths. A shortlist of Damien’s clients includes: SonyBMG, Last.fm, AIAIAI, Fox Sports, General Pants, Carhartt, Process Journal, Insight, EMI, Monster Children and One Teaspoon.
The scope of Damien’s portfolio has gained the attention of publications such as Australian Creative, Desktop, Dazed and Confused, Good and Yen, and he has been profiled by a wide variety of online magazines such as Design is Kinky, Josh Spears, Slam X Hype, Hypebeast and Sneaker Freaker. No stranger to publishing himself, Damien has acted as an editor to Australian Infront since 2003. Other projects include working with Zann St Pierre under the name Addition, opening a boutique called We’re, starting an artist colab t-shirt label named 2×4, developing the Infront Insight series along with a multitude of art and design events such as the Field Trip creative conference.
Time:Friday 2nd Nov / 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location:Newcastle Art Gallery