The Design Conference Presents: Letterpress with Nicole Phillips

What to Bring

  • Please bring a preferred drawing pencil.
  • All long hair should be tied back
  • Please be sure to wear closed in shoes + no loose/oversized clothing (or jewellery)
  • Be prepared to get a little inky or greasy or bring an apron!

What to Wear

  • Casual. Wear something you don't mind getting messy :)

The Design Conference Presents: Letterpress with Nicole Phillips

About This Class

What You Get

  • All materials provided!
  • Fast tracked entrance to The Design Conference!
  • Lunch included!


In conjunction with The Design Conference and Design College Australia, Australian Designer and Typographer Nicole Phillips will be sharing her techniques of letterpress and typesetting.

In this hands-on 3hr session, participants will gain an overview of the history of handset type and letterpress printing before undertaking a brief which calls for both conventional and experimental approaches to typesetting. Participants will produce an A4 letterpress print onto luxurious cotton based paper stock using Design College Australia’s awesome letterpress equipment, while under the instruction of letterpress geek Nicole Phillips 


Nicole Phillips is a designer and print enthusiast, she has published a number of books and limited edition type-based art pieces and her work is lauded by typographers across Australia. From her Brisbane studio she works across a range of restored antique letterpress printing equipment, producing her work with an extensive library of handset wooden and metal type pieces.


Five years ago we started dreaming of designing an event experience, tailored to the creative industry. We envisioned world class speakers, incredible audio-visual production, interactive side-events and hands on learning opportunities. This is ultimately an event which provides a high-value experience for its audience, speakers, supporters and sponsors.

In 2011, we made our biggest step — the first. What we lacked in experience was overshadowed by our ability to deliver a unique event that people loved. The next 3 years were spent expanding the event into the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, before returning our focus to our creative locale: Brisbane.

With four years under our belt, The Design Conference 2015 was delivered at the Brisbane Powerhouse, a world class venue in the heart of Brisbane. We were humbled by the positive feedback, which was perhaps best epitomised by Andy Wright, from ‘For The People’, who tweeted “…it was the best event I’ve ever been to…”

We cant wait for this years event. It will be a dream come true.

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A fantastic introduction to Letterpress by an exceptional presenter, in an amazing studio space.

It gave me a taste of letterpress printing and left me with a thirst for more. Nicole was a great instructor with a wealth of knowledge.

Theory, tools and requirements for working on letterpress machines.

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