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This Is Not University presents the first in a series of events that aim to explore life in-between full-time study and full-time work. Join our panellists as they discuss, debate and demystify what it is to enter the design industry.
Monday, November 5th
6:00 pm arrival for a 6:30 pm start
General Assembly Sydney
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Gabby Lord is a small human with a boss surname. More importantly, she’s a designer and art director who has spent the past four years abroad, working in Berlin. Her portfolio is a diverse mix of projects ranging from local businesses to global campaigns for brands such as Ableton and Red Bull Music Academy. Gabby writes a weekly newsletter called OMGLORD
, sharing thoughts on design, creativity and handy resources. You should maybe, definitely, subscribe to it.
Tina Victoria Afshar
Tina Victoria Afshar is a designer living and working in Melbourne.
Now four years since graduating from a Bachelor of Design at Monash University, Tina is part of the team at Common State. She previously worked at The Design Kids and The Company You Keep, and interned at Love + Money Agency and Yoke.
Finding enjoyment and love in being an active member of the design community, Tina has been an AGDA Victoria council-woman since 2014 and currently sits as Secretary. Over the years she has moderated panel discussions and spoken at industry events for BJ Ball and AGDA; been a Juror for the 2017 AGDA Student Awards; contributed illustrations for the 2017 Semi Permanent Book and Stolen Publication. Most recently she’s dabbled in the ever-growing podcast world as a guest co-host on Australian Design Radio and a guest on Never Not Creative.
Her current hobbies include kissing her nephew’s cheeks and feeding her fantasy fiction obsession (mostly Game of Thrones or Harry Potter… sorry, Lord of the Rings).
As Senior Copywriter at Re, Jane straddles the worlds of creative and strategy, working with clients to bring complex ideas to life through compelling storytelling. Her less-than-traditional career path into branding – studying science at Cambridge University before moving into magazine publishing, travel journalism, and content marketing – has given her a unique approach to the craft of writing for brands. Her creative work has been recognised and awarded by D&AD, AGDA and Best awards. Alongside her day job she actively contributes to the design community through mentoring and public speaking.
Nicole is a multi-disciplinary designer and art director from Sweden working in brand identity and visual communications. She specialises in creating strategic and effective design solutions across a broad range of sectors.
Arriving in Australia in 2009, Nicole has since worked for award-winning design studios such as MAUD, Houston Group and Eskimo, where she has continued to build a diverse but specialised skillset across clients such as Jurlique, David Jones, State Library of NSW, Blackmores, Solotel Group, Sydney Dance Company, and more.
Nicole is currently freelancing in Sydney, and is passionate about working and collaborating with like-minded creatives and clients across both local and international projects.
Josie Young is a Sydney based designer working at Christopher Doyle & Co.
Josie graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2015 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Graphic Design. Since joining the team at Christopher Doyle & Co. in 2016 she has worked on AGDA award-winning projects and has established herself as an active member of the design community. She has spoken at Semi Permanent and Adobe Creative Jam, has delivered lectures at The University of Wollongong and The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and was a part of Sydney Design Festival’s International Women’s Day events. Josie has been a Junior Councillor for AGDA NSW since 2016 and was a jury member for the 2017 AGDA Student Awards.
Continuing activity in the design community in 2018 has seen Josie deliver a talk to a group of aspiring creatives with Christopher Doyle at the inaugural Design Conference High Schools event. She tested out her radio face, filling in as guest co-host for a number of Australian Design Radio episodes and as a guest on a series of Never Not Creative episodes. Most recently she delivered a talk with her fellow CD&Co. designer, Stephen Grace, at the Adobe Symposium.
Christopher Doyle & Co.
Australian Design Radio
We are currently taking suggestions for topics of discussion, debate and demystification. Send them through to firstname.lastname@example.org