Earlier this month, we attended the inspiring Analogue/Digital creative conference. Each of the 8 speakers shared their story of the sometimes bumpy road they have taken in pursuit of the ultimate dream - a creative career you are truly passionate about.
The overall theme of this years conference was clear: take a risk. Constantly put yourself out there and don’t stagnate in jobs that are not getting you closer to where you want to be.
Numskull / Question Time / Chris Doyle
Josh Price started off the conference with how he and his brother Tull took a leap of faith by launching their own shoe company Fiet in 2005. Second speaker Sonia Rentsch inspired with her persistence to keep putting herself out there, even if it meant living in a caravan in someone’s backyard!
Feit Footwear / Sonia Rentsch
Thomas Williams, the Founder of Process Journal and Creative Director of design consultancy Hunt Studio, was last up for the morning session. His mantra and advice was simple: “There are two types of people. People who have ideas and people who have ideas and do something about them.”
After lunch, we were treated to some insight from independent curator, publisher, writer and gallerist Joseph Allen Shae. Joseph shared his belief that taking risks and having a lot to lose can be a great motivator, and an extra push to succeed. He was followed by Australian artist Numskull, who talked about the importance of community. After moving into a shared studio space with other working artists, Numskull says the inspiration and motivation of the shared space took his work to the next level.
Keeping us on our toes was New York based artist Anthony Lister. Jumping from painting to wooden gameboys to general life lessons, his resounding message was to find what you love and do it.
After a quick tea break, Brendan McKnight spoke about the relaunch and transformation of Desktop Magazine. Brendan gave us a good insight into what he believes to be the three elements of success: persistence, contacts and talent. Not to mention the power of faking it ‘til you’re making it!
Process Journal, Thomas Williams / Numskull
Last but not least, Chris Doyle took us through his ten year design journey. Doyle’s readiness to keep putting himself out there is one of the things he believes has made him successful, as well as doing the jobs that scare him and challenge him to be better.
Desktop Magazine with cover by Chris Doyle