Graphika Manila 2016

The 2016 two-day Graphika Manila event was a blast! I went with my friend, Kat and we left the conference inspired and ready to make more art.

 

They had a great lineup of speakers this year:

I took photos of some of the speakers and their slides below!

Warning: Photo-heavy post!

 

 

 

DAY 1

Valerie Chua

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Luke Choice of Velvet Spectrum

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Tosh Kodama of Imaginary Forces 

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Richard De Hoxar and Luke Choice of Vault 49 

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Timothy Goodman

I’m a big fan of Timothy Goodman’s works and he was one of the main reasons why I went! I enjoyed how in his talk he emphasized the importance of making things you’re passionate about. Don’t ask for permission, have some guts and do what you love!

(PS I got to meet him after the conference! He was a really nice guy.)

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DAY 2

Patrick Cabral

I enjoyed how he talked about his humble beginnings. Patrick Cabral, who was also responsible for the whole branding and look for this year’s Graphika Manila, discussed how he moved to Manila from his province with nothing but a few wads of cash (roughly 60 USD, he mentioned) and a big dream.

It’s inspiring to hear that he made it! Now he’s a successful designer, letterer, and illustrator with clients all over the world.

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Matthew Encina of Blind

If anything, Matthew Encina’s talk was the most inspiring. I felt like I was watching a TEDTalk. Some takeaways from his talk was how he emphasized the importance of sharing what you know and how important it was to put into action what you learn; reading it isn’t enough.

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Benjamin Su of Pixar Animation

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Simone Legno of Tokidoki

As a Tokidoki fan, it was an honor to see Simone Legno in the flesh. I admire how extremely humble, friendly, and down-to-Earth he is despite all the fame and fortune he’s acquired with his brand. It’s also crazy how hardworking he is; a typical working day for him starts at 4am!

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There were other great speakers (see list above) but I didn’t get to take photos of their talks, sadly.

 

The only negative happening: We had to line up after lunch and for an hour during Day 2.
The only negative happening: We had to line up after lunch and for an hour during Day 2.

 

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Graphika Manila!

 

Kaela

Kaela is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer who draws inspiration from her quirks, childhood nostalgia, and pop/sub-culture. www.KaelaAnte.com

6 thoughts on “Graphika Manila 2016

    1. Haha yeah. 🙂 I try to stay updated when it comes to events like that. I live in a buzzing metropolis so there’s always something happening.

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