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5 reasons to look forward to OFFSET Sheffield

After the success of the first OFFSET in England last year in London, Dublin’s creative and design conference is heading to Sheffield. 

The tenth edition of the conference will take place at the Crucible Theatre (opens in new tab)as part of Sheffield’s Catalyst Festival of Creativity (opens in new tab) and will be the opening event of Sheffield’s Design Week (opens in new tab). With two stages, and 32 two hours of 60 speakers, reading the line-up is a task in itself. We round up the speakers you simply can’t afford to miss.

01. Aaron Duffy (opens in new tab)

Top young creative Aaron Duffy aims to find new ways to make viewers of his graphic designs think and smile. Aaron was named number one in Business Insider’s 30 most creative in advertising under 30 and has worked for clients such as Google, Audi and Ok Go. His talk at 6.15 pm on Friday finishes what is sure to be a great day. 

02. Marta Veludo (opens in new tab) 

Marta Veludo’s clients range from the corporate (Adidas and Lego) to the cultural (Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival). Her colourful work is often inspired by pop-culture, and draws upon a range of disciplines and mediums, with striking results. Catch her at 4.30pm on Friday on the main stage. 

03. Ian Anderson (opens in new tab) 

The Designers Republic’s Ian Anderson will speak twice over the weekend. Once, at 5.30pm on Friday, and then again on Saturday at 4.30pm, with an intriguingly titled talk ‘Home is where the art is.’ Both main-stage talks from this stalwart of design will no doubt be absorbing, but if you’ve got to choose between the two, we’d go for the second one.   

04. Steve Simpson (opens in new tab) 

One of the first to take to the main stage on Friday morning at 11.45am, Steve Simpson’s talk is bound to kick things off with a bang. Revered worldwide for his hand lettered packaging design, Simpson’s latest projects include the packaging for a Day of the Dead Mexican tequila, and a new label for Mic Chilli sauce – one of Simpson’s best-known projects.   

05. Andy Altmann (opens in new tab) and Andy Stevens (opens in new tab) 

The second stage, sponsored by Squarespace, is by no means second-rate, and promises a varied and inspiring range of talks. At 4.30pm on Friday, Andy Altmann of Why Not Associates and Andy Stevens of Graphic Thought Facility discuss their new project for Sheffield Institute of Arts with what promises to be an insightful talk entitled ‘Straight ahead and to the left’. 

To see the full line-up and buy tickets for the event, visit the OFFSET website (opens in new tab). We’ll see you there! 

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Rosie Hilder
Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Acting Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where her blogging prowess led her to become Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on art and design magazines, including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw, and got the 'Apple bug' when working on US title, Mac|Life. In 2018, she left the world of print behind and moved to Creative Bloq, where she now takes care of the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach through trying to please the Google Gods, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves ours readers as best it can. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between.

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