Designers are no longer being defined by specific modes of output by our clients and collaborators. Design is being recognised by business and government as a powerful way of thinking laterally to solve human problems. This has released us from labels like ‘print’, ‘digital’, ‘industrial’, ‘interior’, to work collaboratively and intuitively on projects at the nexus of these traditional boundaries. The opportunities are boundless for nimble, collaborative teams; sharing the spoils of specialisation, with the scale that a breadth of skills can unlock. We also must look beyond our own backyard, to seek inspiration in a plethora of different creative voices and vehicles, from dance to winemaking, from public art to political dissenters.
Ellis Jones invites you to join those dots, to make connections and get insights into what is possible when we work without boundaries. We have developed the ‘Design Meet up’ format as a quarterly platform for designers, design lovers of all kinds to gather, share a drink, a chat, and be inspired leading practitioners from all walks of creativity share their experience and insights. Speakers will respond to a unifying theme each time.
Meet up No. 1 will be on the theme of Atmosphere. This free event will be held in the Realm of Possibilities and hosted by our design director David Constantine, who will introduce three speakers from varied creative backgrounds and disciplines each of whom will respond to the theme of the night in 15min or less. Beers and chat to start and finish.
We have a limited amount of places available, so be sure to register early and secure your seats, beers and ideas.
Design meet-up No. 1 - Speakers:
— Nick Smith, Editor-in-Chief at Drop Magazine
Nick is the founder and editor of Drop Magazine. Drop focuses on contemporary high-end fashion, music, design, art and culture. A collective of contributors from all over the world — the most progressive thinkers and creative trendsetters in their fields — passionate about what they do and determined to be different. Drop has interviewed some of the worlds foremost designers and creatives, and also collaborated with major fashion houses on art direction and photographic projects.
— Tom Sloan, miriamandtom
Tom is one-half of design duo miriamandtom, a design collective led by designers and creative entrepreneurs, Miriam Sleeman and Tom Sloan. Sleeman and Sloan work with developers, planners and public programmers to engage communities, users and stakeholders in the process of civic change. The result is that emergent projects – often in highly sensitive urban contexts – are celebrated and supported by the communities which use them. Their work on the Cubbitt wall in London's King's Cross, and the Skyscape at New York's Penn Station have garnered attention to their work from all corners of the world.
— Edward Linacre and Viktor Legin, Founders & Co-Directors of Copper Industrial Design
Edward Linacre and Viktor Legin are Copper. They create objects, furnishings and bespoke commissions of exceptional innovation and material quality. Products that retain value for generations. Australian design, manufactured to the highest standard. Copper will present in conversation with David Constantine, Ellis Jones' design director about their recent rebrand; finding a uniquely Australian voice in a globalised product design market.