Talks


A selection of specific talks from great designers, as well as lecture series ad conferences from around the world.



Series




Adobe Max 2020

Conference

In the year of global travel bans, lockdowns and a lot of staying at home, Adobe streamed their mighty conference online. With a stellar line-up, and ticket price usually setting you back more than $1000USD, it was an absolute highlight to watch for free. Many of the talks are still available on demand.



Design Indaba

Conference

Featuring the world’s brightest talent since 1995, Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the creative landscape, led by its annual Design Indaba Conference that features the best of the world's creative industry.



Nicer Tuesdays

Weekly Talks

One of the platforms from It's Nice That. Talks given one Tuesday of every month. A wealth of inspiration from some of the best creatives working today.



Here

Talks & Presentations

Another event from It’s Nice That with a stellar line up of speakers. Explore talks from 2012 to 2017.  



Tate

Presentations & Talks

Bringing you videos about art and artists from around the world, through interviews with artists, exhibition previews, celebrity art fans, live performance art and more.



Typographics 2020

Lectures & Presentations

Typographics is a design festival for people who use type. The core of Typographics is a lecture series focused on the contemp­orary use of type.





Selection of Talks




Can the Universal Be Specific? Ruben Pater: The Politics of Design

project bauhaus

A short talk by Ruben Pater, author of The Politics of Design.



Erik Spikermann & Caterina Bianchini

Adobe Hidden Treasures

The Hidden Treasures of Bauhaus Dessau brings to life recently discovered original typography from the legendary Bauhaus school of design. World-renowned typeface designer Erik Spiekermann talks us through the effort to turn these lost letter fragments and sketches into complete and fully functional fonts. Simultaneously designer Caterina Bianchini uses the fonts in a series of poster designs.



Expressive Headlines / Thinking Type with Chloe Scheffe

Typographics 2020

How does typography take on the characteristics of a story? Can it capture a specific voice or evoke a narrative? Can it foreshadow? This presentation explores conceptual typography in print, how illustration can inform typographic sensibility and why expressive typography is essential to effective editorial design.



Irma Boom: Manifesto for the Book

TED Talks

Irma Boom’s books are mind-boggling works of art that prove the simplest ideas – well executed – will often be the ones which resonate the most.



Michael Bierut on how to think like a designer

Design Indaba

The Pentagram partner shares his wisdom and experience on how to think like a designer.



Milton Glaser: Using design to make ideas new

TED Talk

Legendary designer Milton Glaser offers a look inside his creative process and ponders on the poster.



Nicer Tuesdays: Eric Hu

Nicer Tuesdays

The renowned designer provides an expert lesson on branding and the designer’s autonomy while discussing his visual system behind NikeLab.



The Illusion of Life

Walt Disney Studios

The principles of animation – taken from the Disney book of the same name – cleanly illustrates the elements which bring an animation to life.



To All the Fonts I’ve Loved Before with Eric Hu

Typographics 2020

Part history lesson, part complicated love letter to a city, Eric Hu shares how his upbringing in multicultural Los Angeles fueled his lifelong passion for letters.



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