Care for a good smothering of design inspiration in the near future? If creative goodness by way of art, design and creative technologies sounds like a bit of you, be sure to check out upcoming event We Can Create, courtesy of the fine folk at communications agency The Church. Run by creatives, for creatives, the event brings together a mighty impressive list of 12 of the planets top creative thinkers and doers in an art and design showcase. Speakers confirmed so far include:
Taika Waititi (New Zealand): The driving force in some of the most innovative and successful original productions seen in New Zealand.
Sara Blake from ZSO (New York City): A NYC-based illustrator, designer and art director who combines traditional hand-drawn work with digital printing.
Eike Koening from Hort (Berlin): Koening is the creator of Hort, a small graphic design studio made up of a mixed bag of uniquely selected, creative and spirited people. Hort has been a constant pioneer in re-inventing the visual language of contemporary graphic design.
Engin Celikbas from KesselsKramer (Amsterdam): Celikbas joined Amsterdam start-up agency Kesselskramer as managing director and partner in 1998, after several years working in the Amsterdam, London and Brussels offices of DDB.
Tomas Roope from The Rumpus Room (London): One of the founding partners of The Rumpus Room, has been a leading digital practitioner since 1994.
Morag Myerscough (London):The integration of design and its environment is central to Morag Myerscough's approach, not controlled by labels and limitations.
Eric Rodenbeck from Stamen Design (San Francisco): Stamen was founded by Rodenbeck in San Francisco in 2001 and has established a reputation for creating compelling data visualisation.
Usman Haque from Haque (London): Haque Design + Research specialises in interactive architecture systems. Company director Usman Haque has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and mass-participation performances - and the software that brings them all to life.
Kris Sowersby from Klim Type Foundry (New Zealand): Sowersby graduated from the Wanganui School of Design in 2003. After brief employment as a graphic designer he started the Klim Type Foundry in 2005, currently based in Wellington.
Frank Kozik (San Francisco): Credited with single handedly reviving the “lost” art of the concert poster, Kozik's creative career rose largely out of his enthusiasm for the growing underground punk rock scene in mid-eighties Austin, Texas. Starting with black and white flyers for friends’ bands, his reputation grew as an artist whose work was graphically compelling as well as culturally gripping.
To grab your ticket and find more information, visit the We Can Create site.
Sounds like the folks at The Church are getting set for a big one: “The We Can Create team at The Church are busy polishing the chrome on Taika's limo and adding only the finest booze to Frank Kozik's rider”.