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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 12, 2022

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The Design Conference 2018 to return to Brisbane's Powerhouse with The Cove

The Design Conference 2018 to return to Brisbane’s Powerhouse with The Cove
Harry Bain

The Design Conference 2018 is set to return to Brisbane’s Powerhouse once again to deliver its most exciting conference since 2011; with Brisbane’s very own,The Cove, as an event sponsor.

The Design Conference 2018 is a world class yearly design, art and business event which features curated keynote talks, hands-on breakout classes and numerous exhibitions featuring some of Australia’s most well-renowned creatives.

Brisbane’s premium creative venue, The Cove, is partnering with the conference as one of 2018’s event sponsors. Founded late 2017, The Cove was envisioned as a space for creatives to connect and collaborate whilst seeking collaborations that foster local talent, making the pairing with The Design Conference only natural.

“The Design Conference and The Cove share an aligned philosophy of connecting creatives and fostering next-generation talent in the design industry” – says Courtney Norris, founder of The Cove. “The space will be fit with some of our signature services and facilities, such as open plan desks, an on-site Community Manager, wi-fi and refreshments, we feel like this partnership will encourage attendees to connect and collaborate throughout the duration of The Design Conference.'”- she adds. 

The Cove‘s co-working pop up will allow participants to easily connect with like minded creatives with the purpose of promoting additional engagement and collaboration within Brisbane’s creative community.

“This year’s conference is our most action-packed to date. So to bring The Cove on board has been a great move” – says Matthew Haynes, director of The Design Conference. “At the core of our concept is a need to connect Brisbane’s creative community with the movers and shakers like Courtney, and we know only good things can come from being able to share the future of The Design Conference with her and the team at The Cove.”

Attendees at the conference will be treated to twelve creative talks and innumerable breakout classes that will offer educational hands on experiences which intend to leave attendees inspired to grow their own creative passions.

This year’s speakers include graphic designers, Bráulio Amado (USA) and Craig Black (UK); artists, Low Bros (GER) and George Rose (AUS); creative directors, Prue Jones (AUS) and Christopher Doyle (AUS); design agency, DIA (USA); art director Jackie Dewar (AUS) and many more.

The Design Conference takes place at the Brisbane Powerhouse from May 9th to 11th.

Online registrations for The Design Conference are now closed. A very limited supply of registrations are available at the door. To secure your seat, please email:

More information can be found at The Design Conference’s website at

Important dates:

Event Launch Party – Greaser bar
259 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
When: 9 May, 6:00pm-12:00am

The Design Conference 2018 – Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005
When: 10-11 May, 11:00am-7:30pm

Closing Celebration Featuring Northeast Party House  – The Foundry
228 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
When: 11 May, 9:00pm-3:00aa