Abra Remphrey Co-Creative Director & Founder Detour Design Studio Adelaide, AU
Abra Remphrey is the co-creative director and founder of Detour Design Studio, established in Adelaide 25 years ago. She works in all areas of design including branding, packaging, signage, publication and print. Working collaboratively with a broad range of clients across industry sectors including corporate, retail, wine and not-for-profit, she enjoys forming close working partnerships with clients to ensure strategic, relevant and creative solutions are developed that will set them apart from competitors and evolve with their business.
Abra has been an active member of AGDA for over 25 years, participates annually in the AGDA Mentor program and has been a juror for the national AGDA Awards. She is passionate about the arts and is currently diversifying her skillset as curator and co-convenor for a large community exhibition for established and emerging artists.
Beck Storer is the founder of The Cutaway, an award-winning creative studio that creates immersive visual experiences in the public environment. Combining her love for design, technology and craft, her work challenges the curious and presents visual stories that are compelling and memorable. Her projects are respected throughout the world - with A’Design International Awards placing her in the top 20 internationally for event design. Beck is also is a leader in industry led education, lecturing at the School of Design at RMIT, is a course advisor for the Masters of Creative Industries at Melbourne Polytechnic, and a board member of the Centre (For) Projection Art.
Carol Mackay Co-Founder Design Business Council Melbourne, AU
Carol Mackay co-founded Mackay Branson Design in 1984. In 2018 she changed focus from client-initiated work to share her experience with designers through the Design Business Council and the Design Business School. Throughout her career, Carol has travelled extensively to meet and talk with designers in Australia and overseas, about their business. Despite geographical distance, challenges are often strikingly similar. Carol co-writes a weekly professional development newsletter specifically for designers. In 2013, Carol, together with Greg Branson, expanded these learnings to co-write the book, The Business of Design.
Kellie Campbell-Illingworth Partner Parallax Design Adelaide, AU
Kellie Campbell-Illingworth is a Partner at Parallax Design in Adelaide. Over the past 15 years she has worked extensively on brand identity and packaging projects for the food and wine industry. In 2002 she was a mentee in the inaugural AGDA Mentor program. This opened many doors and founded Kellie's passion for giving back to the industry that supported her. She is a past AGDA National councillor and past president of the South Australian branch. She sits on the advisory board for the University of South Australia School of Art, Architecture and Design. Kellie was an ADC New York international juror selecting Young Guns in 2012 as a past Young Gun herself. She judged at the 2015 AGDA awards and has picked up a few accolades from AGDA, ADC, Communication Arts and New York Type Directors Club.
Leesa Hickey Creative Director Designfront Brisbane, AU
Leesa Hickey is the Director of creative agency Designfront located in Brisbane, Australia. Her passion is collaborating with like-minded creatives, sharing the storytelling and image-making that transforms and grows brands. Leesa is committed to design as a medium for progressive change both socially and personally and for the betterment of the design industry. Actively involved in the design community, Leesa is regularly invited to judge awards and share her design opinions on panels. Having been a judge for the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) 2017 Graduate of the Year Awards, Leesa will be bringing her expertise and experience to the 2018 Brisbane Advertising and Design Club Awards Judging Panel. With an appreciation of the visual arts, Leesa also runs a small gallery adjacent to Designfront called the Side Gallery.
Monique Kneepkens Creative Director Carbon Creative Brisbane, AU
Monique Kneepkens was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she studied art direction and design in Amsterdam and The Hague. She has worked with a host of well-respected design studios and advertising agencies in Australia and New Zealand, before founding her own boutique design studio, Fries Need Mayonnaise, in 2010. In 2015, Monique joined Indigenous Australian creative agency Carbon Creativeas its Creative Director. Monique specialises in art direction and conceptual design, leading her team with a strong commitment to design excellence. Her work has received numerous awards and her designs are featured in many international design publications. Monique is passionate about using her skills on briefs that set out to make positive social impact. In addition to her design work, Monique has delivered lectures in conceptual and brand design at design colleges, and was the founder and curator of the popular ‘Seven With Another’ art exhibitions series at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Nancy Bugeja Managing Director HM & HM Group Melbourne, AU
Nancy Bugeja is the Managing Director of HM. Since its inception in 1996, HM has established itself as a creative studio producing relevant design and delivering award-winning work for a diverse portfolio of clients. HM's success is founded on its shared commitment to innovation, which is at the root of all client projects. Nancy is continuously identifying opportunities that enable the practice to undertake progressive design processes for an increasingly ambitious client base. In 2013, Nancy established HM Group in response to the growth of Fluoro, and Wrapped (a stationery range). She believes in the power of design—that it creates clarity, evokes emotion and improves experiences.
Rachel Pisasale Creative Director Bright Yellow Brisbane, AU
Rachel Pisasale is the founder and Creative Director of Brisbane design studio, Bright Yellow, where she spends her days dedicated to producing brands that brighten worlds, add value and encourage change. With a particular interest in human-focused design and forging unforgettable customer experiences, she embraces the evolution of technology and the fast-paced landscape of digital media. She understands that investing in the development of the next generation of creative minds will continue to strengthen the industry and encourage positive change. With her never-say-die-attitude (other than towards the plants in her garden) Rachel is a positive and energetic person who always looks on the bright side of life.
Tea Uglow Founding Member & Creative Director Google Creative Lab Sydney, AU
Tea Uglow is a founding member and creative director of Google Creative Lab in Sydney. She works on a range of projects with cultural organisations and practitioners to enable artists, writers and performers to use digital tools to amplify or augment their artistic, theatrical or musical practice. She has 3 books including A Universe Explodes and A Curiosity of Doubts, and was awarded a Peabody for digital storytelling in 2018. Her 2016 TEDx talkhas more than 1.6m views. She mentors queer, BAME, female and other intersectional creators and coders worldwide. She likes pop-physics, behavioural psychology, and shopping.
Zoë Pollitt Co-Founder & Director Eskimo Design Sydney, AU
Zoë Pollitt is the visionary director and co-founder of one of Australia’s most respected design and creative agencies, Eskimo Design. Prior to launching Eskimo with her business partner Natasha Hasemer in 1998, Zoë studied Visual Communication at UTS, Sydney and St Martins School of Art and Design, London, which lead to an early career as Art Director on teen music magazine Smash Hits and the highly acclaimed Inside Sport Magazine. This was followed by a 6 year tenure ship with Condé Nast at Vogue Australia. A keen design advocate with 28 years experience at the forefront of branding and art direction, Zoë is most inspired when her extensive visual communication knowledge is tested across new and exciting territories.
Atia Cader Founding Partner & Creative Director Paper Stone Scissors Melbourne, AU
With over 20 years of experience as the founding partner and creative director of creative agency Paper Stone Scissors, Atia Cader works with both international and local clients to create award-winning work. The mentoring and advising of youth is a strong passion of Atia's, having participated in many career advice programs. She has been a guest speaker, awards judge and design mentor for a variety of design associations and educational institutes. In 2016, she created an incubation program, YourTurn, which has become widely known across Australia and focuses on the positive and structured development of interns at Paper Stone Scissors.
Beci Orpin is a creative practitioner based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work occupies a space between illustration, design and craft. Beci has run a freelance studio for over 20 years, catering to a wide range of clients, as well as exhibiting her work both locally and internationally. She has authored four D.I.Y books and one children’s title. Her work is described as colourful, graphic, bold, feminine and dream-like.
Emily Woollett Creative Director Paper Stone Scissors Melbourne, AU
Emily Woollett is a thinker, doer and out-and-out optimist who loves nothing more than helping individuals, organisations and brands transform and grow. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, Emily gained extensive experience in brand strategy, art direction and design working for leading brand agencies in London. In 2007 she made the move down under to join the team at Paper Stone Scissors where she is Creative Director. With over 15 years of industry experience, Emily is passionate about supporting the next generation of inspiring creatives. She is big believer in sharing knowledge and has been actively involved in the design community as a mentor, guest speaker, awards judge and workshop facilitator.
Jane Connory Director Invisible: Women in Australian Graphic Design Melbourne, AU
Jane Connory is a PhD candidate in Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University, working towards a gender inclusive history of Australian graphic design. She was awarded a Masters of Communication Design (Design Management) with Distinction from RMIT in 2016 and has been a practising designer and illustrator in the advertising, branding and publishing sectors, in both London and Melbourne, since 1997. In 2017 she launched Invisible: Women in Australian Graphic Design, exploring the visibility of women who've made a significant contribution to the history of graphic design in Australia..