OFFSET has fast become one of the leading conferences for design and creative industries here in Europe. Although normally held in Dublin, it up-and-relocated to the heart of Shoreditch for its most recent installment (under the banner of OFFSET London) – set in the old, beautiful town hall with its impressive exterior façade, patterned tiled floors, ornate ceilings and marble walls.
Both newcomers to the industry and seasoned pros flocked in their hundreds to attend the event to hear presentations by a plethora of speakers in various fields – including design legends Erik Kessels of agency Kessels Kramer, political illustrator Tomi Ungerer, typography master Seb Lester and the ever-popular character artist Mcbess.
Two main themes emerged during the conference. Speakers spoke of creatives needing to become more immersed in the work that they do by being more deeply involved in the creative process through experimentation. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and trying new things, different applications and approaches to working.
The second theme – which came out largely on day two of the conference – seemed to evoke a sense of needing to make work for the better. Vince Frost spoke about living better through designing our lives to be more functional, meaningful and fulfilling. Finding ways to better our lives, push our boundaries and our work to new levels. There was also an onus on doing good with your work — for causes and to make a point of an issue that concerns you personally.
So here I've collected the wisest words from OFFSET London 2015 from those speaking from Aisha Zeijpveld to Vince Frost.