April / AGDA NSW / First Five Out

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A favourite on the AGDA calendar / four speakers discussing their first five years in the industry.

What were you doing five years ago? Maybe you were presenting the Higgs boson particle in Comic Sans?* Or maybe you hadn’t even started studying yet. For our speakers, they were fresh graduates about to step out into the world of design. Today, they’re some of the  most interesting creatives in our industry. But are they the creatives they thought they would be when they graduated? Have they stayed on track, or has everything gone off course? What were the pivotal moments in their career that have lead them to where they are today, and what has or hasn’t gone to plan?

We'll hear from Joanna Grygierczyk (End of Work), Michael Webster (Re), Ben Walker, (For the People), and Cara Meade (Houston) as they share stories from their first five years out in the industry, and about their unique paths through the creative industry. If you’re a student or recent graduate asking yourself ‘What’s next?’, this is a perfect opportunity to hear from people who’ve done it all before.

There will also be a short Q&A with the four speakers following the talks. If you have a burning question for any of our speakers - ask them via #agdanew” before or during the event. Afterwards, hang back for a drink and take the opportunity to mingle with people in the industry, and get on that inside track.

*Yes, that was years ago already!

Wednesday, April 12 at 6.30pm

Knox Street Bar, Chippendale

Members $20
Students $20
Public $30

e: alyons@agda.com.au

Joanna Grygierczyk recently started working at End of Work with a team of great thinkers and crafters building not just brands but experiences.

Joanna’s first role was as a primary designer for Brickfields Consultancy, working on brand strategy and designing bespoke publications for clients ranging from Herman Miller to Westfield.

After years of denial that print design was not a dying art, Joanna started at Canvas Group, basking in the digital domain working on UX and website designs for a range of clients to create seamless and engaging digital experiences. 

As s Polish dancer, with a taste for activated almonds and green tea, Joanna believes in holistic wellbeing  and brings this across to her design work through full-circle through dynamic brand identities and seamless user experiences. 


Michael Webster is Associate Design Director at Re with experience in branding, design thinking, typography, UX and motion design. Michael has worked in both Berlin and Sydney for Interbrand, Dan Pearlman, Hatch and End Of Work. He's worked for clients like Optus, Sydney Opera House, Telstra, Bankwest, Redbull and The Athlete’s Foot.

Significant projects include the Optus rebrand of 2016, Sydney Opera House rebrand, IR rebrand, Red Bull events and an work for Opera Australia. Some of his accolades include a few AGDA awards, D&AD pencil and gold and bronze Cannes Lion. Michael is an alumnus of XI Academy, Tractor Design School and Enmore Design Centre.


Ben Walker is an animator, illustrator and motion designer at For The People.

After beginning an accidental love affair with animation during his time studying design at UTS, Ben has since moved into a number of different industry fields and disciplines; previously in broadcast and post-production at Resolution Design, and more recently motion graphics, illustration and branding at For The People. He is also active within the Sydney animation and design communities, regularly attending local meet-ups such as Loopdeloop, as well as other talks and conferences.

Working across everything from TVCs and title sequences, to broader campaigns and brand pieces, Ben brings his caffeine-fuelled enthusiasm for character and movement to every project he works on. These have included, most notably, the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Streamtime, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and Channel Nine’s The Block, among others. 


Cara Meade a little bit of left brain, a little bit of right - that’s the recipe Cara uses in her role as a Brand Strategist.

Cara got into Strategy largely due to her unquenchable curiosity, but mostly due to a series of fortunate events.

Those fortunate events led her to brand agency Houston, where the CEO gave her one shot (rather like Eminem) to impress. She’s still there two and a half years later. In that time, Cara has worked on a portfolio-busting number of projects for some of Australia’s biggest and brightest brands: Qantas, Jetstar, Toyota, Lendlease, NRMA and Caltex.



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April 12

$30 - Ticket
$20 - Member
$20 - Student