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After an information packed two days at Semi Permanent, the Inkdrop team sat down and went over the highlights from the conference. Check out what we thought below:

Preparing for information overload at Aotea Centre. Photo Credit: Holly Melville.

Preparing for information overload at Aotea Centre. Photo Credit: Holly Melville.

Holly

Who was your favourite speaker? Michael Parekowhai.
Why? He was engaging and had a great sense of humour.
What was a highlight from the overall conference? Hanging out with team Inkdrop!
What was something that stuck with you? That some of the best designs come from combining two foreign elements and making something new.
Favourite Auckland restaurant? Orleans & Racket!
What is something you learnt that you want to implement into your work? Design is not a series of steps, it is a creative flow, you have to break the rules sometimes.

 

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Lisa

Who was your favourite speaker? I absolutely LOVED Dean Poole from Alt Group, I could have listened to him all day. He was the last speaker of the conference and definitely the cherry on top!
Why? I loved hearing about all the different conceptual ideas that drive his work.
What was a highlight from the overall conference? Walking down to Queen’s Wharf to take a look at Michael Parekowhai’s ‘The Lighthouse’. It was great to hear a kiwi artist speak about their work, design process and then experience it.
What was something that stuck with you? “A better future happens by design, not chance”.
Favourite Auckland restaurant? The Federal! Specifically their Griddle Cakes. Take me back!
What is something you learnt that you want to implement into your work? To love the problem, hard problems are what motivate us to do better and push the boundaries.

Exploring after dark with the team from Illustrated Publishing and Loryn Engelsman Illustration & Design.

Exploring after dark with the team from Illustrated Publishing and Loryn Engelsman Illustration & Design.

 The Lighthouse by Michael Parekowhai. Photo Credit: Kaknika Som Ek.

 The Lighthouse by Michael Parekowhai. Photo Credit: Kaknika Som Ek.

Kaknika

Who was your favourite speaker? Valentin Ozich, the Creative Director from I Love Ugly.
Why? He was inspiring to listen to and came across as someone who was so honest and passionate about what he does. His session was humbling and raw.
What was a highlight from the overall conference? Laughing with Michael Parekowhai. It's such an awesome opportunity to hear an artist speak about their work in such an engaging way, then to experience the project itself - we all went down to Queen’s Wharf to look at his artwork titled ‘The Lighthouse’, that was definitely a highlight for me.
What was something that stuck with you? "To design outside of your comfort zone and to create something that makes you feel uncomfortable." This really resonates with me a designer because I want to contribute to the community in a positive way and push the boundaries to grow as a designer.
Favourite Auckland restaurant? Someone, please get me another steak from Orleans & Racket!
What is something you learnt that you want to implement into your work? To make time for personal projects.

 

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