Held in Carriageworks in Sydney this design conference has been going since 2003. It covers new design ideas, presentations of great media and advertising agency work and artists recalling their own journeys developing their work and careers. The presenters include directors, photographers, typographers and illustrators. It includes big names in the design industry - past conferences have hosted Pixar, Banksy, Weta digital, Oliver Stone and VICE media.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend two conferences back to back: Open Source Developer’s Conference 2013 in Auckland, and Web Directions South 2013 in Sydney. Being in a profession where I am sitting in front of a desk all day, going on the road for a week mixed things up quite a bit. Plus, preparing to talk at one added to the stress, and to the lack of sleep.
What a great experience though, I have been put through an accelerated learning curve on a diverse range of topics. They ranged from the very technical, such as dissecting the GPU’s role in rendering CSS using layers; to the more fun, such as how to generate a choose-you-own-adventure game in pastebin; to the unexpected such as a crash course on 3D modelling using Blendr.