May / The Design Conference / Brisbane 2019

The Design Conference is unlike any event you've ever been to. We discuss more than the future direction of design — but what design means in the hearts and minds of the worlds favourite creative leaders. By being open and vulnerable, we engineer an experience which is designed to leave you feeling moved, motivated and connected.


From critically acclaimed strategists to the worlds most outrageous commercial artists, The Design Conference is curated to not only entertain but more specifically to surprise. In one way or another, our Keynotes will leave you feeling confronted in the most beautiful way.

Adam J. Kurtz
Artist & Author

Georgina Milne
Creative Director
Maud Melbourne

Kelly Anna
Artist & Designer

Shannon Bell
Creative Director

Carly Ayres
New York

James 'Yeha' Brown
Artist & Designer

Kenjiro Kirton
Creative Director

Snask Design & Film Agency

Chris Do
CEO & Chief Strategist
Santa Monica

James Gilmore
Creative Director

Mercedes Bazan
Graphic Designer

Tea Uglow
Creative Director
Google Creative Lab


Your opportunity to delve deep is here. Our Breakouts provide a fun and exciting way to connect with, and learn from your favourite TDC delegate. Breakouts give you a renewed energy to learn and grow in more ways than you ever imagined. A full full list of breakout will be published February 1.


Side Events
Even though The Design Conference is an adventure in itself, those who venture into the night will experience a greater level of curated art, music and culture. We've scheduled your sleep in, the rest is up to you.

Official Launch
Wednesday, May 29
7:00pm — 10:00pm

Official After Party
Saturday, June 1
8:00pm — Late


Connect Events
Free for attendees, Connect Events kick-start your conference experience from the moment you secure your 2019 pass. Launching in December, this monthly series is designed to connect you with like-minded creatives through events which celebrate Australian design philosophy.

Official Line-Up Announcement
December 13: 7:00—10:00pm
The Third Quarter Gallery & Store
194 Petrie Tce, Brisbane

Rsvp now


2019 Hosts
The Design Conference is hosted by some of Australia's favourite creatives. Expect nothing less than love and energy from our team.

Matthew Haynes
Founder / Host
The Design Conference

Prue Jones
Creative Director
Fjord Melbourne

Matt Leach
Radio Host
Aus Design Radio

Catroina Burgess
Strategic Director
Frost* Sydney

Yasmine Naghavi
Senior Solicitor
Media Arts Lawyers

Andy Wright
Managing Director

Josie Young
Graphic Designer
CD & Co.

Flyn Tracy
Radio Host
Aus Design Radio


The Design Conference

May 29 — June 1 2019
Brisbane Powerhouse Brisbane, Australia

AGDA Member Discount
AGDA Members are eligible for a 20% discount. View the Member Benefits section to receive the code.


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May 29

$413 - Ticket