Born and raised in London, Anna Ginsburg is a filmmaker with a diverse range of talents such as traditional hand drawn 2D, stop-motion, digital imagery and live-action. Confident and personable, she brought to the fore issues such as body positivity and female sexual rights. Most recently Anna has directed two films for Selfridges and a short film ‘What is Beauty?’, released for International Women’s Days, which has received over 15 million hits.
Our design team was lucky enough to attend this year’s Offset – a conference for the design and creative industries. With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational experiences for our industry. In the past, they have had presentations from such creative icons as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister and JR to name a few.
Safe to say we came away feeling inspired, but who stood out the most?
Aaron Duffy, creative director and founder of Special Guest, had a refreshingly good take on what it’s like to work in the design industry today. His confessional style of speaking provided an interesting frame of context for the stories he told surrounding his work. Most notably he’s responsible for OK Go’s ‘The Writing’s On The Wall’ music video, featuring endless clever optical illusions.
Credit: SpecialGuest & OKGo
Originally from Manchester, Steve Simpson now lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. Renowned for his hand lettered packaging design, whimsical characters and illustrated barcodes, Steve Simpson‘s distinctive style, inspired by the arts & crafts movement, 50s advertising and folk art, has appeared on everything from a 1″ postage stamp to a 200ft screen in Times Square.
Credit: Steve Simpson
Credit: Anna Ginsberg
Fearless and personable, Edel Rodriguez delivered an incredibly inspiring speech in which he described using his art to portray his political views in spite of the fear of backlash. Most notably, he is responsible for the incredible Time Magazine covers during the election of President Trump.
Credit: Edel Rodriguez for TIME
Currently based in London, Jon McNaught is an illustrator, cartoonist and printmaker. He has authored 4 comics, most recently ‘Kingdom’ (2018) and ‘Dockwood’ (Winner of the Angouleme ‘Prix Révélation’ award in 2012), Calm and charming, his speech detailed his process in which he takes inspiration from his childhood experiences and extensive experience in printmaking.
Credit: Nobrow Press, Jon McNaught