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AGDA Queensland’s Talk Series: Kevin Finn

August 20, 2010

“You think too much” has been said to Kevin Finn, Director of Finn Creative, on more than one occasion… “But there’s a lot to think about”, is his well considered reply.

Last night, the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Queensland’s Talk Series, held at the Brisbane Powerhouse, featured Kevin Finn and what a ‘powerhouse’ he is!

Taken from AGDA’s promo flyer for the event is Kevin’s bio and it provides a tight snapshot of this talented and sought after designer:

“Kevin is recognised as being among some of the most respected graphic designers in Australia. Having begun his career in Dublin with the studio that produces all the design material for Irish rock legends U2, Finn left Ireland to explore the world. This led him to Saatchi design, Sydney, where he held the position of Joint Creative Director for seven years, winning numerous national and international awards.

Following this, he set up Finn Creative, an independent design studio which for the first three years was based in Kununurra – one of the most remote towns in Western Australia. Finn is also the founder of Open Manifesto, Australia’s first journal of critical writing on graphic design culture, which includes contributions from Edward de Bono, Noam Chomsky, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher and Peter Saville, among many others. Having recently moved to Brisbane, Finn was invited to be the first speaker at the inaugural Tedx Brisbane in March this year.”

So, with this rich background, Kevin discussed how his personal approach to thinking has influenced his work and changed his life…

“Reframe the question” when approaching a brief, “be generous and share your knowledge”, “take considered risks”, “get out of your comfort zone” and “the value of wisdom in learning” were some of the gems that were shared in just the first few minutes of Kevin’s talk. Illustrating his key points with personal experiences and projects he’s undertaken, made for a captivating presentation with insight, depth and passion. It was real and believable and, you know, I GET it!

“Embrace who you are and what you have to offer and make that your asset” and “let the content [of the brief/research] guide you” were two points that spoke clearly to me and where I am with my creative practice (especially considering its diversity). Oh and Paul Smith’s quote, “you can find inspiration in everything, and if you can’t, look again”.

Kevin talked about how and why he began Open Manifesto. The honesty of that motivation speaks loudly through the integrity of these publications and his desire for intellectual nourishment both within and without design. Having being given a copy of Open Manifesto #5 only this week (thank you Kevin), I’m finding that my own hunger for depth and breadth in my personal and professional life is finding some satisfaction…

I really could write reams on last night’s talk, but instead urge you to hear Kevin speak, read Open Manifesto and engage his services for your next branding project…

Remember to keep an eye out in the Upcoming Events notices located in the sidebar of this blog for more events like this!

Many thanks to AGDA for bringing us this series of exceptional talks.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jay Dee permalink
    August 23, 2010 11:08 PM

    Great review KT! And really appreciate the addition of your ‘Upcoming Events’ section in the sidebar as I’m often wishing I had known about these!! Thanks for keeping us informed xx

    • August 24, 2010 8:50 AM

      No problems Jay Dee! I’m looking forward to the DIAlogues event on tomorrow night at Corporate Culture!


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