Stab Magazine | Semi Permanent Is Landing In Sydney (Again)

Semi Permanent Is Landing In Sydney (Again)

The NY Times, Deus, Google, Levi’s, and more. A design festival of ideas and the humans that create them. 

news // Dec 6, 2018
Words by stab
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Semi Permanent, despite it’s name, is a permanent and renowned fixture on Stab’s annual calendar. It’s a festival of sorts. Not one where people consume substances and regret their attendance, but one where creatives, designers, and media moguls combine to celebrate and spread ideas within the industry.

Design, and subsequently media is an adaptive world, not from choice, but from force. There’s an ever increasing number of headstones appearing in the post-print wash up, but there’s also a number of old and new brands who’ve re-adapted to the current digital and online climate.

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Semi Permanent, 2018.


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We’d suggest bringing a pen, paper, or whatever your favoured note taking device is.


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Semi Permanent is a celebration of the ideas that have pushed media, brands, and design through this phase into today.

In 2019, Semi Permanent will be landing in Sydney between May 23-25th at Carriageworks in Redfern. Their first lineup announcement has just dropped, with the focus next year being ‘Truth’. 

“As designers we’ve never had so many opportunities to positively affect the world around us, yet forces beyond our nature are challenging our ability to be truthful at every turn.” Murray Bell, Semi Permanent’s Director and Founder said. “Whether it be in how we tell stories, how we create experiences, or how we design truly representative versions of ourselves, it’s never been more important to bring the truth in everything we do. There is the old and tired adage of ‘think globally, act locally’. I think we can start to act globally too, and that’s something we’re excited to explore in 2019.”

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Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. Erica Dorn, the lead designer will be in attendance for 2019.


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Here’s a few brands and topics on the agenda for next year:

Michael Gough, the design VP at Uber will be discussing rebuilding trust; Tom Armstrong, advertising VP at the New York Times will discuss the importance of truth in the creative industry; Michael Leon, the current Sonos creative director and former creative at Patagonia discusses technology and activism within design; and a little more relevant to surf, Carby Tuckwell, Deus Ex Machina’s creative director will discuss developing your own lifestyle brand. 

The lineup also includes heads from Google, Vice, and Free The Bird initiative, with a flurry of other names to be announced in the coming months. 

This year, Semi Permanent has remodelled to ensure whether you’re attending all three days, or just one, that you’ll find the content relevant. If you’re not a business professional, then you’re probably better holding off for days two and three though; and if you have someone particular in mind, times and dates will be released closer to opening. 

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Muzz Bell, Semi Permanent’s Founder and Director. Someone to know and one of the nicest blokes you’ll ever meet.


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Head to the Semi Permanent site here to peruse the rest of 2019’s lineup and grab yourself a ticket if you find your interest’s piqued. 


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