From the 15th-18th of May was the OFFF Design Festival in Barcelona and I had the privilege to attend. lt was an eventful conference filled with a programme full of experienced industry professionals established in their chosen field. The event was very insightful and inspiring, it really made me think of what I needed to do when I eventually returned back to the UK. It has me consider what my career path may be in the future and what it would require of me to get there. Seeing all the spectacular portfolios of work, showed me a glimpse into the future and that it would require my hard work and determination if I am to achieve those result and more.
A couple of speakers that really stood out for me were
Robert l Peters
I know the list is not at all long but these two speakers are the ones that really impacted me and who have influenced me so much so that I remember much of what they said and I feel urged to take action. They have both effected me in different ways and have evoked different feelings and thoughts in me.
Seb Lester really impressed with his calligraphy and how his passion shone through as he spoke about his craft. He has invested time into calligraphy to be the best that he can be at his craft, this has really inspired me to do the same. There is something unique and personal about creating something with your own hands that is in the physical and that you can feel and touch. Seeing Seb Lesters had made me want to work with pen and paper more and be more experimental in the way I present my work. Thank you Seb Lester.
Before I came to the OFFF festival one of the speakers that I was encouraged to listen to by tutor was infact Robert L Peters, so my expectations were high as I came to listen to him. He indeed was my favourite speaker of the event, I think it was because of his genuine message to bring change to society and make the world a better place. I could identify with something he did say ‘ even if your voice shakes, still speak out. Say what you need to say’. This reassured me, it made me understand that I am not alone in my thoughts or feelings and also encouraged me to stand for what I believe in because my opinions are valued. Thank you Robert L Peters, it was a pleasure meeting you.
You can never know enough, OFFF was a great opportunity to learn something new and be inspired. I would definitely love to experience an event like this again in the future.