Semi Permanent

Things to do, Talks and discussions
Semi Permanent 2018
Photograph: Supplied Patrick Godfrey and Scott Dadich

This annual summit of creative minds returns to inspire for another year

Carriageworks will host the sixteenth installment of Semi Permanent this May for three days of creative discussions, workshops and networking.

This year’s installment comes courtesy of the Vivid Ideas program at Vivid Sydney. It features a line-up of the leading figures in design and visual innovation and will be hosted by local graphic designer and letterist Gemma O’Brien.

Scott Dadich and Patrick Godfrey, co-CEOs of Godfrey Dadich Partners, will take the stage to join in a conversation with some of their most notable collaborators, who will be named closer to the festival. Aside from running a major design company Scott also serves as creator and executive producer for the Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design.

The designer of your favourite footwear will also be attending. Tinker Hatfield works as the sneaker designer for Nike and has had a hand in the look of most of their catalogue, including the iconic Air Jordans. He comes to Sydney to share stories and insight from his more than 36 year career.

Paula Scher, the first female principal at Pentagram and legendary New York graphic designer, will host a number of workshops across the event while CEO of innovative thinkers AKQA, Ajaz Ahmed, will give his thoughts on what it takes to build a world famous business and manage a large number of staff effectively.

If all that wasn’t enough the vice president of design at Airbnb, Alex Schleifer, and New York-based, Hong Kong-born local motion designer Joyce N. Ho round out the line up of impressive talent on display at Semi Permanent this year.

Each night of the event is jam packed with opening and closing parties as well as an awards night on May 25.

Tickets will set you back $375 for one day or $795 for all three for general entry, while the premium option starts at $565 for a day and $1,265 for the entire event. Discounts available for students and groups.

By: William Dunn

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