They had a great lineup of speakers this year:
- Benjamin Su of Pixar Animation (Bonnie from Toy Story That Time Forgot was based on his kid!) – USA
- Tosh Kodama of Imaginary Forces – USA
- Luke Choice of Velvet Spectrum – Australia
- Matthew Encina of Blind (clients include XBOX and Coldplay) – USA
- Timothy Goodman (the man behind 40 Days of Dating) – USA
- Gemma O’Brien (the Australian letterer who designed the logo of Troye Sivan’s Wild) – Australia
- Richard De Hoxar and Luke Choice of Vault 49 – UK and Australia
- Si Scott (the British calligrapher behind the Beautiful Creatures movie logo) – UK
- Simone Legno of Tokidoki – Italy/USA
- Patrick Cabral (graphic designer and letterer who has done work for Havianas and Jessica Walsh) – Philippines
- Valerie Chua (painter and illustrator who has done work for Christian Louboutin Asia and Keds) – Philippines
- Harvey Tolibao (comic artist who has done work for Marvel comics and IDW Publishing) – Philippines
I took photos of some of the speakers and their slides below!
Warning: Photo-heavy post!
Luke Choice of Velvet Spectrum
Tosh Kodama of Imaginary Forces
Richard De Hoxar and Luke Choice of Vault 49
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.)
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.
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.
Benjamin Su of Pixar Animation
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!
There were other great speakers (see list above) but I didn’t get to take photos of their talks, sadly.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s Graphika Manila!