2019: 10 Vivid Ideas Talks About Creativity And Design

Submitted by Vivid Sydney

06 Jun 2019

With dozens of light installations, live music performances, thought provoking panel discussions, conferences and masterclasses, Vivid Sydney is the perfect time to seek out inspiration in Sydney. Check out these 10 design and creativity events taking place in and around the city from 25 May to 14 June.

Semi Permanent

In 2019, Semi Permanent returns to conduct an in-depth interrogation of TRUTH. Over three days at Carriageworks, this design conference once again welcomes an extraordinary line-up of creatives to explore this theme from their own areas of expertise. Speakers include The New York Times’ advertising guru Tom Armstrong, Vice’s creative director Royce Akers and the designer behind Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Erica Dorn. Book now to secure your spot at this unmissable event.

When: 23, 24 & 25 May 2019, 9am – 6pm
Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Tickets: $412 (one day entry), $875 (three-day pass), $620 (one-day VIP entry), $1390 (three-day VIP pass); Book here.


Designing Something Everyday

In 2016, Pete Majarich challenged himself to design a movie poster every day for an entire year. The resulting body of work turned heads all the way from Wired and Mashable through to Adobe and The Academy of Motion Pictures. In Designing Something Every Day, Pete discusses the highlights and lowlights of such a project, what it was like to commit to a year-long design goal, and the ups and downs of trying to create something original every single day. Gain valuable insights into creativity, discipline and the artistic process. Harness the power of social media and self-promotion. Celebrate the wonders of cinema and design.

When: 4 June 2019, 7:30pm – 9pm
Where: Golden Age Cinema & Bar, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Tickets: $22.96; Book here.


Creativity+ Rewiring Your Brain for Creativity

Creativity+ Rewiring Your Brain for Creativity is an experiential workshop of discovery and exploration. Learn creative techniques that will ignite your imagination, find out how to value your talents, and leave inspired to use your insights both in and outside of work.

Grounded in neuroscience and based on over 50 years of study, this interactive workshop focuses on developing skills that can actively improve your life. This mind-bending, three-hour adventure demystifies the creative process. Awaken your creative self and forever change how you see the world.

When: 11 June 2019, 10am – 1pm
Where: Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Tickets: $85; Book here.


How Passionate Brands Create Passionate Fans

In an era of cheap talk and fake news, how can brands fight to stay authentic? With trust in politics and the media at an all-time low, brands now have the opportunity to step up and connect with consumers by taking a stance on meaningful issues. In this talk, leading innovators from Mercedes-Benz Vans, Uber Eats, Four Pillars Gin and Culture Amp will reveal their most successful and unexpected ideas for building brand loyalty, connecting with new audiences and turning casual consumers into passionate fans.

When: 29 May 2019, 11am – 1pm
Where: Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Tickets: $59.31 (students), $69.70 (general admission); Book here.


Leading for Creativity: Create a Workplace Where Ideas and Innovation Thrive

Join Australia’s leading creativity expert Nicole Velik for a masterclass on injecting creativity into the workplace and turning your organisation into an ideas powerhouse. In Leading for Creativity, Velik will present key insights from some of the most innovative companies around the world. She reveals tools and techniques for building collaborative environments where audacious ideas can live and breathe. Inspiring, informative and highly interactive, this workshop is a must for leaders, managers and creatively-minded trailblazers.

When: 14 June 2019, 1pm – 3pm
Where: Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Tickets: $54.11; Book here.


Ignite your Creativity at Work: Techniques to Generate Game-Changing Ideas

Reboot your brain and gain a competitive edge at this exciting, interactive workshop. Led by Nicole Velik from the Ideas Bodega, this event draws out your natural creativity and teaches you easy ways to generate game-changing ideas. Velik also demonstrates how to break old thinking habits, out-manoeuvre your competitors and switch on your creativity under pressure. As Australia’s leading creativity expert, Velik is sure to inspire, entertain, and leave you wanting to get creative straight away.

When: 12 June 2019, 11am – 1pm
Where: Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Tickets: $54.11; Book here.


Street Signage, Design and Lived Behaviour

The relationship between people and places is far from one-sided. Watch as four design and environment experts examine the use of typography and signage in cities, focusing on how design is used to influence, modify and challenge human behaviours. Going beyond mere branding and aesthetics, this talk instead explores the urban environment and the issues that go with it, how designers play into our city spaces and how we, as citizens, respond.

When: 30 May 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, 101/113-115 William Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $10 (concession), $15 (general admission); Book here.


Design in the Boardroom

Design is no longer a million-dollar industry, but a billion-dollar one. Take a seat at Design in the Boardroom to hear four industry leaders discuss the design sensation currently sweeping across corporate Australia. Moderated by CEO of DRIVENxDESIGN Mark Bergin, Design in the Boardroom offers an insider’s look into how enterprise-level design is infiltrating C-suites and boardrooms across Australia.

When: 3 June 2019, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Tickets: $22 (concession), $27.50 (general admission); Book here.


Placemaking: Buzzword, Bogus or Bona Fide?

Why is placemaking important, and how is it shaping the places we live, work and play? Join a diverse panel of speakers for a discussion about their experiences with cultural and creative placemaking. This talk aims to involve urban designers, government bodies, landscape architects, developers and others in championing an approach to urban development that puts people first.

When: 5 June 2019, 5:30pm – 7pm
Where: Warrane Theatre, Museum of Sydney, Bridge Street & Phillip Street, Sydney
Tickets: Free; Register here.


Connecting: Harnessing Your Emotions to Enhance your Creativity

Your creative output is informed by your emotions—but have you ever accessed your full emotional palette? Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, Connecting explores how creativity is fuelled by seven paradoxical aspects of our emotional experiences. Led by award-winning designer and founder of The Creative Method design agency Tony Ibbotson, this visually rich and immersive workshop will teach you how to cultivate your creativity and live a more emotionally rewarding life.

When: 4 June 2019, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
Tickets: $65; Book here.


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