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Backstage Talks

By Design Conf brings top design talent to Slovakia every year for an international creative conference. The organisers realised that the best conversations tend to happen off stage, so they launched Backstage Talks as a magazine to capture these exchanges and share them with a wider audience.

Issue two revisits last year's event, and talks to the illustrators, photographers and designers who appeared on stage. Discussing the life of a designer rather than focusing on design itself, it presents an eye-opening look at subjects like stubbornness, deliberate imperfections, and what happens when you're bored by your own work.

In this issue:

  • Photographer Oliviero Toscani talks openly about stubbornness, cynicism and escaping mediocrity
  • Designer Tobias van Schneider shares his thoughts on how designers could benefit from being better businesspeople
  • Illustrator Malika Favre explains the benefits of being the first to become bored with your own work
  • Curator Erik Kessels explains when to use irony, how hating something can make you do it better, and how deliberate imperfections can make things a lot more interesting
  • Writer and educator Debbie Millman on how branding shapes culture, and the obligations designers have to society
  • And Pentagram's Natasha Jen talks about the importance of partnerships and exposure to diverse industries 


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