The Design Conference
TDC Updates, Streaming Licences, COVID, Attending IRL, Love, Thanks and More

Hey Fam. By now I imagine most of you are back in the wheelhouse after enjoying some well deserved time off. I understand that COVID placed a significant burden on all our expectations of 2020 and I want to acknowledge you for showing great strength, resolve and willingness to adapt during this testing time. I also want to express my most profound appreciation to everyone who has stuck with us through the 2020 postponements. Your faith in our ability to deliver an extraordinary experience has encouraged us to rise in the face of great diversity. Words alone can't express my deepest and sincerest gratitude.

As the year unfolds, I remain conscious that COVID could stifle our efforts further. And even though we're not out of the woods, a window to host #TDCbne21 has opened. Come June, I'm optimistic that it will be safe to deliver TDC Edu on the 15th and TDC Pro from the 16th to 18th. If you've never been to Brisbane in the winter, there is nothing but blue skies for days. It's going to be magic.

So without further ado, I'm delighted to invite you to #TDCbne21! From the introduction of our inaugural live-stream to implementing a contemporary philosophy for experience design, we're confident that #TDCbne21 represents our best and most significant conference yet—one that connects and celebrates Australia's design community unlike never before. #TDCbne21 truly signifies our coming of age.


To remain tethered to a global audience during these unprecedented times, we're streaming #TDCbne21 as a fully immersive digital experience in collaboration with our Experience Partner: Orbits. Ensuring we make the most of the breadth of this opportunity, we're giving design students aged 14 and up complimentary access to TDC Edu through our buy-one-give-one program. Please share this info with any educators in your circles. We'd love to give their school or university a complimentary Streaming Licence. Our dream is to stream TDC to over 1 million students by 2030. Are you with us?


For those touching down in Brisbane for the IRL experience, get ready for something truly remarkable. Over and above our world-class Talks, Process Showcases and Industry Panels, we're introducing a range of optional pre and post-conference meet-ups designed to connect you with like-minded attendees. Whether at a boutique cafe or a Japanese whiskey bar - we've curated myriad experiences for every creative personality type. Moreover, if you wear your lanyard, you can expect premium service and a cheeky discount. Finally, we're currently gunning for a wide selection of flight and hotel deals with flexible COVID cancellation policies. Stay tuned for more details. From whoa to go - Brisbane has got your back.


With ten years of history behind us, moments like these make you wonder, where we will be ten years from now? If you were to ask me, I'm focused on developing TDC into the worlds' premier mid-size creative conference. We will deliver unimaginably great speakers who choose TDC based on our history of representing the whole community from top to bottom, design student to agency owner. While we may be small, our impact is immense. What we achieve today fuels our tomorrow and that is a beautiful feeling to share with you all.

Thanks again, everyone.
See you in June!

Matthew Haynes

Founder / Head of Experience

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