Auckland 2018 – August 9-11

Auckland 2018

Aotea Centre

August 9-11

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Got your Semi Permanent ticket yet? No? Then it’s time to pull finger because New Zealand’s festival of creative thinking is almost here. 

Semi Permanent Auckland turns 15 this year and to celebrate we’re bringing you an expanded festival programme featuring 50 of the best international and local creatives from the worlds of art and graphic design, film, music, photography, advertising, illustration, new wave publishing, poetry, product design and architecture. 

Running for the first time across three days, Semi Permanent Auckland will provide you with more ways to participate in more meaningful ways. See and hear first-hand about the thoughts and processes that drive some of the world’s pre-eminent creative practitioners and thinkers, mix and mingle at book launches and exhibitions, join this year’s RARE special project, and get your networking hat on at our exclusive social events. And – if you’re interested in the future – that’s AI, VR, digital innovation and the power of data – then don’t miss the Future of the Future, Semi Permanent’s high speed, high impact briefing led by key decision makers at Google, Facebook, Netflix, AirBnB and Uber. 


Future of the Future

What should New Zealand companies be thinking about to ensure success and relevance in 20, 30 or even 50 years?
Join the Future of the Future and give your team a head-start that will move them forward with confidence into this rapidly changing world.

More than fun & games

Game design is not about the aesthetics of games...


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Here, eight inspiring leaders share how they defied conformity, embraced their difference – and reached their fullest potential.
More to be announced


Design that doesn’t scale

with Ethan Eismann - Airbnb Product Director

The Future of Work is Human

With Sara Ortloff Khoury Director UX Design Google
More to be announced


Industrial Facility Book Launch

Industrial Facility Book Launch

How Industrial Facility created a visual narrative of its unique design dialogue

Penny Martin (The Gentlewoman) Book Signing

'You will love her,' they say. 'She's amazing.’

Into The Now

VR Film Screening.
Find out what Mike Muller & Jacques Cousteau have in common?

Katsumi Asaba + Alt Group Installation & Exhibition

Fancy playing a grandmaster ping pong player?
Join us to celebrate one of the greatest Japanese designers, Katsumi Asaba.

Modern mindfulness & meditation for the real world

At Just Breathe we teach a simple, straightforward, agnostic, meditation technique that allows you expand your self-awareness, remove built-up stress in the system and establish a deep state of rest, calm and ease in the body.

In Conversation with Juliette Hogan + Hannah Fox

Join successful NZ fashion designer Juliette Hogan and contemporary Australian artist Hannah Fox in conversation...
More to be announced

Speakers and Artists

Andrew Law Director of Product Design – Netflix San Francisco, United States
Design Director - PikPok
Andy Satterthwaite Design Director - PikPok Wellington, New Zealand
Calle Stenqvist & Tor Castensson Founders – Plan8 Stockholm, Sweden
Carole Baijings Designer & CO-Founder – Scholten & Baijings Amsterdam, Netherlands
Caterina Bianchini Graphic Designer London, United Kingdom
Chip Kidd Graphic designer and writer New York, United States
Chris Wiggins VP of Product – Spotify New York, United States
Emma Johansson Creative Director – Runaway Play Dunedin, New Zealand
Ethan Eismann Design Director of Product Experience at Über
Ethan Eismann Director of Design - Homes – Airbnb San Francisco, United States
Hannah Fox Artist Melbourne, Australia
Hera Lindsay Bird Author Wellington, New Zealand
Irma Boom Graphic designer Amsterdam, Netherlands
James Everett
James Everett Producer – Magic Leap / Weta Gameshop Wellington, New Zealand
Javier Jaén Graphic Designer Barcelona, Spain
Jer Thorp Artist Vancouver, Canada
Jim Bull at Moving Brands
Jim Bull Co-Founder and Chief Creative Office at Moving Brands San Francisco, United States
Designer & Partner - Pentagram
Jon Marshall Industrial Designer & Partner - Pentagram London, United Kingdom
Joshua To Design Director – Google Daydream San Francisco, United States
Julia Peter Artificial Intelligence Design – Facebook San Francisco, United States
Juliette Hogan Designer & Founder – Juliette Hogan Auckland, New Zealand
Katsumi Asaba Art Director – Katsumi Asaba Design Studio Tokyo, Japan
Kimberly Voll Technical Designer – Riot Games Los Angeles, United States
Marc Smith & Alan Bibby Creative Director - MPC Creative New York, United States
Michael Gough Vice President of Design – Uber San Francisco, United States
Mike Muller Photographer Los Angeles, United States
Nancy Tilbury CO-Founder | ECD – XO London, United Kingdom
Nicola Peters Director – Just Breathe London, United Kingdom
Penny Martin in Melbourne 2012
Penny Martin Editor-in-chief – The Gentlewoman London, United Kingdom
Sam Hecht & Kim Colin Creative Directors Founders – Industrial Facility London, United Kingdom
Sara Ortloff Khoury Director, UX design - Google Cloud San Francisco, United States
Yan Schober Senior Staff UX Designer - Google Cloud San Francisco, United States
More to be announced


At the intersection of technology and humanity, it’s designers who may save the day

With Dr. Kimberly Voll, Senior Technical Designer at Riot Games

Jer Thorp on making data meaningful

Insights with Jer Thorp, data artist and innovator-In-Residence at the Library of Congress in Washington.

Writers dream the future, designers create it

They say that science fiction writers inspire the future, but after speaking to Dutch designer Carole Baijings you have to wonder whether they got it wrong.

Product design: More art than science

Netflix's director of product design on life, design and the key to good business

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