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Here 2012: Job and Roel Wouters

Dutch brothers Job and Roel Wouters have long pushed the boundaries of art and design through their respective practices, and at Here they took that thirst for innovation even further. Their one-of-a-kind presentation took the form of an interactive session based around audience participation, an unusual way into these two impressive creative minds.

Some say designers are born not made and if so then the brothers Wouters might be an excellent case in point. The Dutch duo have long been favourites of ours here at It’s Nice That with their shared devotion to aesthetic excellence. Job is better known as Letman whose illustrated typography will be familiar to almost anyone interested in the graphic arts. His quirky style has made him the go-to guy for publications as diverse as The New York Times, Creative Review and Playboy as well as fashion icons like Tommy Hilfiger and Dries van Noten and we also commissioned him for the gorgeous Nice screenprint that was released with Issue 5 of our magazine.

In July 2012, Job’s first book was released giving us the perfect excuse to pore over his wondrous abilities all over again at Here.

And to prove there’s definitely something in the Wouters genes, brother Roel is similarly supertalented and was one of the interviewees in our first ever publication. Initially trained as a graphic designer, Roel now works across video, print, digital, installation and performance but as one of the founders of the Conditional Design Manifesto he has come to define his creative efforts under this new umbrella.

“Our work focuses on processes rather than products: things that adapt to their environment, emphasize change and show difference,” the manifesto reads. “Instead of operating under the terms of Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media Art or Sound Design, we want to introduce Conditional Design as a term that refers to our approach rather than our chosen media. We conduct our activities using the methods of philosophers, engineers, inventors and mystics.”

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Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens co-founded Graphic Thought Facility, one of London’s most respected design agencies. At Here Andy talked about how a mutual affection for The Human League brought the studio together and he used an in-depth look at GTF’s ongoing relationship with kvadrat to show how concepts develop over time.

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Carol Morley

Filmmaker Carol Morley has emerged over recent years as one of the UK’s most interesting and innovative documentary makers through works like The Alcohol Years and Dreams Of A Life. She spoke about the painstaking research that goes into realising her ambitious works and why she believes some stories should never be forgotten.

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Eike Konig

The legendary founder of the equally legendary HORT studio in Berlin, Eike König is one of the pre-eminent graphic designers working today. He shared with the Here conference his invaluable “rules” for a happy and successful working life including “have fun” and “get paid” and explained why knowing yourself is so crucial.

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Giles Duley

Photographer Giles Duley has long documented humanitarian stories that others couldn’t or wouldn’t tell. He lost both legs and an arm after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2011 but has since returned to work. His unforgettable talk told that story, from turning his back on lad mag shoots up to and including his life-changing accident.

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Grant Orchard

Animator Grant Orchard is part of renowned agency Studio AKA and won a BAFTA for his short A Morning Stroll. Grant spoke about the increasing challenges of balancing his professional commitments, family life and personal projects, sharing a few hints and tips about how he makes this possible.

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Job and Roel Wouters

Dutch brothers Job and Roel Wouters have long pushed the boundaries of art and design through their respective practices, and at Here they took that thirst for innovation even further. Their one-of-a-kind presentation took the form of an interactive session based around audience participation, an unusual way into these two impressive creative minds.

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Lucy McRae

Australian body architect Lucy McRae has worked on mindbending projects with the likes of Robyn, Aesop and Levi’s that fuse biology, design and technology. She explained how her work straddles fashion, technology and the body with some intimate glimpses into her process as well as her jaw-dropping finished pieces.

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Paul Smith

Rounding off Here 2012, fashion icon Sir Paul Smith took to the stage with a real inspirational tour de force. Sharing insights into his brand’s earliest days as well as the unexpected places from which he draws his visual inspirations, Sir Paul demonstrated how his restless creative brain has underpinned his stellar commercial success.

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Quentin Jones

Illustrator and filmmaker Quentin Jones has a definite aesthetic on which she has built a client list that includes cutting-edge editorial titles and some of the world’s most famous fashion brands. She explained how she broke away from the constraints of art school to develop a singular style and pursue her own path to creative success.

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Sonya Dyakova

Graphic designer and art director Sonya Dyakova has worked for several years with both Phaidon and frieze magazine, two of the creative world’s most important publishers. At Here 2012 she charted her story, from Soviet-era Siberia to helping shape the look and feel of a host of major art and design projects.

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Tom Roope

Tom Roope is founder of The Rumpus Room, an agency which specialises in bringing together digital technology and real-world experiences to create truly engaging branded content. Tom showed adroitly how creative agencies should embrace the brave new world of campaigns built around consumer participation, through examples of work for the likes of Microsoft Xbox and Nike.