The Design Conference Presents: Design a Skate Deck with Todd Francis

What to Bring

  • Laptop with a working copy of Photoshop + Illustrator (free trial available to download from
  • a USB stick

What to Wear

  • Casual

The Design Conference Presents: Design a Skate Deck with Todd Francis

About This Class


In conjunction with the The Design Conference,  American artist Todd Francis joins us for a 3 hr skate graphics session, sharing with you his industry knowledge and guiding you through creating your very own skate deck design.  Students will learn how to make a digital artwork from hand-drawn mark makings, so everyone walks away with an interesting and unique skateboard design, digitally formatted and ready to be professionally printed.

Best suited to beginner/intermediate level, and basic photoshop/illustrator knowledge is recommended. Students are welcome to bring along a handmade artwork they’ve started (A3 or smaller will work best with the scanner), or students can create something new during the workshop – the structure is flexible and there will be plenty of one-on-one time throughout the workshop to provide a chance for you to have your individual questions answered by Todd.

Students are required to bring a laptop with Photoshop + Illustrator pre-installed, along with a USB stick.


Todd Francis is an American artist born and raised in Los Angeles. For the last two decades he has created memorable and iconic skateboard graphics for a number of companies including Antihero (Todd created the original Eagle logo), Element, Real, Spitfire and Stereo. In addition, Todd has partnered on signature design projects with respected brands such as Vans, Stance, HUF, Nike and Oakley, and his studio art has been shown in galleries around the world including Fecal Face Gallery, Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects and 3131 Clement. His work combines often-bleak humor with environmental and political themes, using a variety of media to convey his message.

A book on his career and art, “Look Away: The Art of Todd Francis” is currently in print from Wins Publishing. Todd is the co-founder of Special Crud, a clothing and art brand with Equal Distribution. His work has been featured in numerous skate, art and culture magazines including Juxtapoz, Vice, Monster Children, Penthouse, Complex and Thrasher.


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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