AGIdeas 2013 didn’t let me down and I’ve come away refreshed and excited about new projects and ideas for the future. Lots of clever and talented designers all with their own stories and expertise.
Too many highlights to list highlights but have to mention Shane McGowan, illustrator with gorgeous children’s book illustrations, Adam Hayward and his amazing album cover artwork and Ian Anderson from the UK and his reality on being a designer.
Overall the highlight was Gemma O’Brien on Day 3 and her enthusiasm for type. She lives and breathes it, as you can see at her blog www.fortheloveoftype.com.au. Very inspiring and fantastic to see how she has simply done what she loves, catching the eye of clients/projects and even Woolworths and Harvey Norman even getting excited about type.
The result is I’ve come away from the conference feeling like I have no excuse at all for not making more of my own creative projects happen. So to get started I’ve set myself a goal of creating hand drawn type every day for seven days, just rough sketches with a focus of getting into the swing of it again.
This first effort was drawn on the way home from the conference on the train and features words from a favourite song. More to come!