About the Conference


Typism is a one-day conference and will be held at the BCC cinemas in Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast, Wednesday September 4th, and is open to the general public.

Typism is the brainchild of ‘tactile typographer’ and Griffith University lecturer Dominique Falla, and will see seven of Australia’s best typographers, type designers, calligraphers and logo designers coming together to talk about their work at the first creative conference in Australia to focus purely on the craft of typography.

Tickets are $70 for students and $90 general admission. Purchase tickets here.

The TYPISM conference will take place at the Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas, located in the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, on Hooker Boulevard in Broadbeach.

Pacific Fair is conveniently located on the Gold Coast Highway, just 30 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and accessible by many forms of transport, including: car, bus, bike, taxi or on-foot.

Visit Pacific Fair online for more information.

Any tickets purchased before June 1 will also receive a limited edition “early-bird” conference pack, filled with goodies from our sponsors, including:

Kiva Han coffee card • Limited Edition Typism Pencil • Mi Goals Notes Book.

— 128 pages — A5 — Half blank/Half Lined pages — Double page back index — 100 GSM paper stock.

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Click on each Speaker’s name for bio

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Gemma O’Brien is a Sydney-based typographer and illustrator represented by the Jacky Winter Group.

After starting the blog For the Love of Type in 2007, her passion for typography and custom lettering work has attracted commissions from local and international clients including as Woolworths, Vodafone, Smirnoff, Canon, Artline, SBS, and The New York Times.

She has exhibited in numerous gallery shows and her work has been featured in local and international design publications including Just My Type, Hand to Type, Graphic Design Referenced, Grafik magazine and Slanted Magazine.

In addition to commercial work, Gemma O’Brien hosts hand-lettering workshops across Australia with the Australian Type Foundry’s Wayne Thompson and has presented at design conferences including Typo Berlin (Germany, 2009), Semi Permanent (Sydney, Brisbane, Perth in 2011), Field Trip (Sydney, 2012) and the forthcoming agIdeas International Design Forum (Melbourne 2013).

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Originally born in Indonesia, Bobby is a freelance designer with a love of type and illustration based in Melbourne commonly found hustling type, connecting people and making things happen.

He was an accidental chef for many years and decided to retire his knife and apron to focus on the career that he actually studied for.

Since then he has worked in the media and advertising sector for some years and now is working independently and currently represented by the Jacky Winter Group.


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Fascinated by letters since he was a teenager, Wayne began with rub-down lettering and worked as a signwriter, photographer and journalist before settling into the design profession in the late 1980s. After 17 years as Art Director in several advertising agencies, Wayne started Australian Type Foundry in 2000 and now works full-time as a type designer.

Wayne’s long term aims are to always learn more about typography, and hopefully contribute an Aussie flavour to the world of type design.

Today, ATF retails almost 100 original typefaces through online outlets around the world, and continues to design and market new type designs. They also produce custom designs and typeface modifications for a large range of advertising and corporate clients.

Wayne teaches Typography at Newcastle University and runs regular typography workshops.


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Dominique Falla is also known as the “Tactile Typographer” due to the specific nature of her art practice. She has explored a diversity of different techniques and media over the years and creates typographic pieces for exhibition, using different tactile media.

Originally from Melbourne, Dominique now divides her time between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, and her artistic career spans more than 20 years as a graphic designer, illustrator, artist, author and university lecturer.

Dominique has lectured at various educational institutions, and given papers at various conferences including the School of Visual Art, QCA, Swinburne, Monash University, SMAANZ conference in Melbourne, INTED Conference in Valencia, SPAIN and a 7×7 DIA talk on the Gold Coast.

Dominique has had features in art and review publications including: Novum Magazine, Gold Coast Creative, Twofold, ArtBox Magazine, and The Herald Sun. She has authored several creative publications, including: ‘The {Tague} Project’, ‘Looking Better in Print’ and ‘Goodbye Helvetica’.


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Aurelie Maron is a recent graduate of the Queensland College of Art, where she completed a Bachelor of Digital Media, majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Digital Design.

Her passion for design led her to learn and experience a variety of mediums and fields and she is proficient at a wide range of projects, from branding to illustration, typography to print, web design through to 3D modelling.

Her recent work has led her to specialise in chalk typography and pieces of her work can be found at various locations throughout the Gold Coast. She also works as a graphic designer for the TUSK Agency on the Gold Coast.


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Matt Vergotis is a designer from Australia’s Gold Coast. He specialises in corporate identity and a lot of the work he does focuses around logo design and the bigger picture that surrounds it in establishing a comprehensive and cohesive visual identity for clients.

He has also found a new love in both lettering and typeface design, and has just released his latest typeface “Knubi”.

Outside of work he is an ultra-obsessed surf nerd and is married with two of the most adorable little girls.


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Nicole Arnett Phillips is an accomplished designer with 13 years experience in delivering creative, legible designs for the publishing, built environment and fashion industries.

A self-confessed nerd particularly fond of the science and design of letterforms and the formulas that promote legibility, she is excited by negative space in letterforms, loves to experiment with typographic forms, and is head-over-heels for all things type.

As a a printmaker, she is all about the process, and loves to draw, research, experiment and test. She uses, letterpress, linocut, woodcut, gocco, screen printing and giclee to apply ink to paper, cotton and board.

She is also a published author on the fields of typography and design, and has been recognised with a number of local and international publishing, art and design awards.

Nicole divides her working week between her design consultancy and self-generated publishing, typographic and printmaking adventures.


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