Gavin  Strange 

By day, Gavin is a Director and Designer for the UK’s beloved creative studio Aardman Animations.

By night he goes under the alias of JamFactory, indulging in all manner of passion projects, from filmmaking to illustration, toy design to photography and even making music under the moniker of ‘Project Toy’.

In 2016, after speaking at the prestigious Do Lectures, he wrote the book ‘Do Fly’, a motivational mantra published by The Do Book Co & Chronicle Books.

Gavin co-founded the contemporary design store ‘STRANGE’ with his wife Jane and even appears in CBBC’s art-themed TV show ‘Art Ninja’.

Making the work is the easy part, finding the time, however, is the difficult bit. Gavin shares his stories and methods behind getting the most out of those 24 pesky hours.

Gavin prides himself on being a ‘realistic idealist’ or ‘idealistic realist’ – striking the balance between uncurbed enthusiasm and pragmatic process. His talk is about finding the energy and making the time to create things that matter.

Tryin’ to Get Ahead Before We Get a Headstone

A GIF-filled enthusiastic presentation of all things creative. Gavin plots his creative journey through his time in the design and film industry, picking it apart and extracting the lessons and learnings from it all.

He’ll also move around quite vigorously and gesticulate wildly the whole time. It’s loud, silly and hopefully energizing. He wants to get you excited to make more of the stuff that makes your heart sing.