04 September 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, 48 Druitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Event description

Is burnout systemic in the design industry? What is causing ‘creative burnout’, and how can we manage it?

Many of us will have experienced burnout from our work: whether it’s long hours, overcommitting yourself on a project, or unrealistic expectations from your client or boss. Regardless of the cause, burnout can be severely detrimental to your health, wellbeing and relationships.

At our event Burnout: The creative’s challenge, our panel will share insights on:

  • The causes of burnout… is it inevitable?
  • Maintaining work-life balance and nourishing your creativity
  • How to implement flexibility and sustainable practices for yourself and your clients
  • Identifying burn out in yourself or others, and the steps you can take
  • How to champion a culture shift in your industry

Event partners:

Never Not Creative

Never Not Creative is a community of creatives who want to make our industry a better place. We hope to support, inspire and come together to create the ideas, tools and solutions that improve the wellbeing of everyone in the industry and promote the value of creativity in the world.

Design Business Council

Design Business Council was founded by Greg Branson and Carol Mackay to help improve the business capabilities of Australian graphic designers. With the majority of design studios being micro businesses it’s difficult for designers to stay current with design trends and technology let alone worrying about management practice. That’s a problem because examination of mature Australian design studios shows sound management skills are integral to success and growth. The DBC helps creative executives develop business knowledge and skill.


Steve Farkas

Design Lead at Fjord

Steve works to deliver impact, innovation with purpose and sales for Fjord and Accenture. Steve specialises in bringing experiences to life that deliver on the end-user needs, whilst balancing strategic business objectives to create experiences people love.

He combines almost 20 years of product, digital and traditional design experience to lead teams which not only perform to the highest standards, but also enjoy the day-to-day journey that leads to the end result. Steve believes in ensuring everyone he works with grows professionally and delivers the results they strive for without sacrificing their life outside of work.

Carrie Peters

Senior Product Designer at ustwo

Carrie's experience spans across big brands and innovative startups, particularly in the health and lifestyle space.

Carrie cut her teeth on customer research and product design while at Nike. As the first employee of Orange Chef, the ‘Internet-of-Things’ food and health startup (funded by Google Ventures, winner of Best Food App in Evernote Platform Awards, featured in Apple’s ‘Everything Changes with iPad’ campaign, acquired by Yummly in 2015), Carrie grew the design team from the ground up and partnered with companies like Jawbone and Vitamix to design a holistic health-lifestyle ecosystem.

Since then, she has helped companies like Zipongo rethink their workplace nutrition offering for renowned corporate clients, and ClassPass grow their international fitness subscription platform. With the digital product agency, ustwo, Carrie's clients include American Express, St. George, Jetstar, Stockland, Caltex, Google and Qantas.

Carol Mackay

Co-Founder of Design Business Council & Design Business School

Carol embraces change. After 30+ years running a graphic design firm exploring different business models and technologies, Carol’s last change was to pivot from client-focused projects to join an organisation that consults to the design industry.

Now with the Design Business Council, she uses her experience, and research, to help designers build business capabilities. She helps designers understand management better so they can build robust, sustainable businesses that can support a work:life balance.

Andy Wright

Creator of Never Not Creative

Andy is the creator of the Never Not Creative community and co-chair of the creative, media and marketing industry Mentally Healthy Change Group. He's been working in the creative industry for many years. From running the local offices of global agencies like Interbrand and R/GA, he was also an original co-founder of For The People in Sydney.

Andy’s run successful and award-winning projects for GOMA, Australia Post, Telstra and Streamtime.

It’s the latter where Andy now spends his time driving the growth and innovation of project management software in the creative industry as Streamtime’s Managing Director.

Dates and fees


04 September 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
48 Druitt St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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