Manila Design Week 2010 kicks off this Saturday (August 7, 2010) with the international design conference Graphika Manila

This is the premier congress the country has on design. They bring in big time designers like Tokidoki, Stefan Sagmeister, and companies like Industrial Light and Sound. This year's international line up includes: 

Tara McPherson  as keynote speaker.
Tara exhibits her paintings and serigraphs in fine art galleries all over the world. Named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE Magazine, she has created numerous gig posters for rock bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and Melvins. 

A contemporary art and design collective based in Singapore. Described as "The Champion of Singapore's Graphic Scene" (Creative Review, UK), "Asia's hottest agency" (Computer Arts, UK) and "iconic representatives of the new wave of young Asian creators" (Get it Louder, China).

A self-taught designer, Danny Yount has exercised his natural talents to become one of today's top main title designers for film and television, as well as a photographer and commercial director.He won an Emmy for his concept, design and direction of HBO's Six Feet Under, which has been termed "television's most gorgeous opening sequence".

Not to outdone, representing the country are these local design heavyweights:

One of the leading creative design, visual effects and editorial houses in the Philippines and the region. They describe their work as creative, dependable and flexible.

Arnold and Cynthia Arre 

A husband and wife art and design team who are probably best known for their individual works -- Arnold for his graphic novels including "The Mythology Class", "Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat" and "Martial Law Babies" and Cynthia for her music packaging designs for the Eraserheads, Itchyworms, Imago, and Sandwich among others, and more recently, a 5-year stint as Design Director for Wedding Essentials magazine.

Rocketsheep Post 

This post production house is spearheaded by visual artiste extraordinaire Avid Liongoren who will be talking about their film project: Saving Sally. An Independent film project described as a typical teen film about love, monsters & gadgets.

This is event looks like loads of fun! I'm a writer and I want in. Universe, get me a free ticket?
For those who have some cash. BUY YOUR TICKET NOW. This will be worth it.
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