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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Melbourne's AGIdeas Speaker Line Up

AGIdeas 2012 has an amazing line up of speakers from all areas of design and innovation. Check your calendar and location May 21 - 25th. Here's a section of typography influenced designers that caught my eye and would be awesome to hear from them speak at AGI. Stay tuned for more information and updates on the festival on TYP3D. 

The Dutch design studio Autobahn is a unique typography-driven group experimenting with materials, production methods and the re-invention of old typographic techniques.
Founders Maarten Dullemeijer and Rob Stolte love for typography was ignited when invited to attend a Pecha Kucha night, instead of giving a standard presentation they experimented with the idea of generating fonts with materials that come from tubes: toothpaste, tomato ketchup and hair gel. Two versions of the hand-made fonts emerged: a normal one and another affected by gravity.

Interactive designer and graphic artist Anthony Battaglia has worked on film titles, websites, interactive television apps and book design - a versatile designer. He is the founder and creative director of Sydney-based studio BoxTM, highlighting the cool Australian 1994 film title work on the graphics for ‘Monday Night Football’ and ‘The Well’, ‘A Wreck A Tangle’ and ‘Dirty Deeds’. Anthony has been honored with awards from The New York Festival, D&AD, AWARD and AGDA.

The story of Shaun Tans creative journey as a writer, concept artist, art director, theatre designer and promoter of reading has lead him to some interesting places and awards. Winning an Academy Award for his short animated film ‘The Lost Thing' (Based on his own book.) He currently works as a freelance artist and writer in Melbourne.

Digital technologies master and award stacked Joachim Sauter founded the highly inventive interdisciplinary studio ART+COM in Berlin. Expanding the term new media design 25 years ago - now the studio is still designing innovative and original projects, including autoactive, reactive and interactive objects and installations, media-based environments and architectural projects.

When you have the iconic logo of Playboy in your portfolio you know that there's a life of creative exploration there behind the story of artist and graphic designer, Art Paul. The founding art director of Playboy Magazine in 1953 and designer of its rabbit-head logo, the first issue of Playboy he promoted cutting-edge design and idiosyncracy illustration, organising exhibitions of work he'd commissioned and touring the world with them. He is an inductee of the Art Directors' Hall of Fame, a fellow of AIGA and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Among his many awards are the Society of Publication Designers' Herb Lubalin Award. He has been a trustee of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and a governor-appointed trustee of the Illinois Summer School of the Arts. Art retired in 1982 to focus entirely on drawing and painting.

Typographer, designer, artist and writer Marian Bantjes brings has international recognition with clients like Pentagram, Stefan Sagmeister, Saks Fifth Avenue, Young & Rubicam Chicago, Print Magazine, Wallpaper, WIRED, The Guardian (UK) and The New York Times. Creating a lot of hand done typography work and beautiful vector art, patterning and highly ornamental style.

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