Open Books: Language Unbound – Exploring Written and Visual Narrative


Sun 26 May 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Free, booking required


180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Four industry speakers share work and experiences focused on a project that has made a personal or professional impact on them or the wider community. With a focus on language (written and visual) and typography looking into native languages didactics, typeface and how these are used in design and the world of books.

Auslan interpretation available upon request (request must be submitted at least 5 business days prior to event.)

Presented by AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association)
AGDA is Australia’s largest representative association of professional communication designers. We exist to support Australian designers, in all shapes and forms, who want to take control of their careers and businesses.

Beci Orpin Speaker

Beci Orpin is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and author based in Brunswick, Melbourne whose broad practice is united by a signature application of colour, shape, and optimism.

She has collaborated with major brands and organisations including Apple, Google, Disney, Uniqlo and The Australian Ballet. As well as lectured and led workshops at national institutions, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Craft Victoria and Melbourne Design Week.

Beci has exhibited her work both locally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Lamington Drive, Hamilton Regional Gallery, Hume Town Hall and Shepparton Art Museum. In early 2024, Beci will complete her largest installation to date, commissioned by the Immigration Museum (Victoria).

Beci has also authored and illustrated 11 books, her latest release being Book of Girls, a self-published celebration of her sketchbooks released in 2023.

Across her 25 year career, Beci has remained committed to exploring art as a vehicle to form community. Many of her proudest achievements have been in the not for profit space, collaborating on projects with Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Water Aid, Numbulawar Numburindi Arts and Save the Children.

Alice Oehr speaker

Alice Oehr is an artist and designer from Melbourne. Her distinct, colourful style incorporates a love of food, pattern, collage and drawing.

She draws both for work and for fun, which has led her to teaching, speaking and writing on the subject.

Her commercial work is sought-after by local and international clients and has appeared in numerous books as well as on textiles, homewares and large-scale installations.

She has author-illustrated five of her own books and exhibited her artwork in various group & solo exhibitions

TRiC Studio Speaker

Tristan Ceddia

Tristan began his career in the early 2000s working with Perks and Mini, Modular Records and seminal Melbourne nightclub Revolver before establishing his design studio Never Now in 2005.

Working with a broad spectrum of local and international clientele, for 15 years Never Now maintained a consistent focus on producing new, culturally relevant work across fashion, music, art and hospitality, including projects with some of Melbourne’s most successful food venues; Lagoon Dining, Primo and the landmark sandwich shop Hector’s Deli.

In 2009 Tristan was instrumental in the strategic launch of P. Johnson, now one of the world’s most recognisable names in contemporary tailoring and was the Creative Director of Oyster Magazine from 2017-2021.

Rick Milovanovic

Rick is an Australian graphic designer and musician, with a career shaped by a passion for subculture, design, history, and contemporary culture.

Since 2005, Rick has designed for renowned brands like MAAP, Adidas, Crumpler and Nike as well as esteemed institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Shepparton Art Museum and Monash University.

Rick’s dedication to culture and music has led to a prolific design portfolio for festivals, musicians, and record labels, such as Cut Copy, Red Bull Music Academy, and MTV Music Awards. His musical recording career with TWERPS, BOOMGATES, and J. McFARLANE’S REALITY GUEST have earned recognition in Australia at events like All Tomorrow’s Parties and Big Day Out, as well as globally at South by Southwest.