Bringing the creative community together to share inspiration
PanicRoom is a bi-annual inspiration evening curated and hosted by PostPanic. What started in 2009 as an intimate gathering of like-minded souls sharing what makes them tick, has grown to one of the most sought-after invitations on the Amsterdam creative calendar attracting a much respected and eclectic line-up of speakers. PanicRoom has also started touring at festivals worldwide.
A renowned Graphic designer, Art Director and Creative Director, David has created award-winning work for Microsoft, Bose, Nike, Quiksilver, and Armani as well as having worked as an Artist in Residence at creative agency 72andSunny.
After starting his art-direction career at Transworld Skateboarding magazine, David was commissioned to design Ray Gun magazine. It was from here he opened his eponymous design studio David Carson Design.
David is the recipient of graphic design’s highest award, the AIGA Gold and has been endorsed by the likes of Apple, having called him “a pioneer with profound impact,” or London’s CreativeReview magazine identifying him as “the art director of the era.”
David currently works from Amsterdam.
Laura Pannack is a London-based, award-winning photographer. Renowned for her portraiture and social documentary artwork, she seeks to explore the complex relationship between subject and photographer.
Pannack’s work has been extensively exhibited and published worldwide, including at The National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, The Royal Festival Hall and the Houses of Parliament.
Driven by research-led, self-initiated projects, Pannack seeks to fully understand the lives of those she captures on film in order to portray them as truthfully as possible. Perceiving “time, trust and understanding” to be the key elements to achieving this, many of her projects develop over several years. Pannack always chooses to shoot with analogue film on her personal projects.
Her work has received much acclaim and won numerous awards, among which are the John Kobal Award ,Juliet Margaret Cameron award, Prix de la photographie , World Press Photo and the Vic Odden award.
In addition to her own practice, Pannack lectures, critiques and teaches at universities, workshops and festivals around the world, and in 2015, judged the portrait category in World Photo Press Awards in Amsterdam.
Laura also writes a blog entitles “Image of the Week.” Here she uses an image posted every week to help guide her thoughts on her experiences. It’s really a joy to read the stories behind the images and gives great insight to her personal relationship to the medium.
Nova Dando is a D&AD award-winning commercial and music video director based in London. She has been listed in Grazia Magazine’s Cool List and the NME’s most 50 influential people in music videos, with her work being featured in Dazed, i-D, Elle, Vogue, Vice, Pop Magazine, Paper Magazine, NyLon, and The Guardian.
Nova thrives when experimenting with live action and motion graphics in her work; previous clients include direct to brand work for British Airways, Rimmel, Adidas, Conde Nast, Nokia, and Versace.
In music, Nova has fashion-directed campaigns for the likes of M.I.A, La Roux, The Gossip, Hercules & Love Affair, Klaxons, Bloc Party, and The Horrors
David Carson will also be featured as our Gallery Wall Exhibitor. We will have a range of work displayed, from some of his earliest Raygun covers to much more contemporary designs, you’ll experience a true retrospective of David’s career.
Host Jason Fulton is no stranger to Amsterdam, having moved here from his native London 15 years ago. With a background in design and fashion, Jason was headhunted by Nike in the 90’s and spent over a decade at Nike UK, Nike EMEA and Nike Global working as their Consumer Culture Strategist. His team's responsibility was to understand consumer macrotrends and what was to impact the world of consumers, across key Nike categories. In 2009 he left Nike to start his own Amsterdam-based agency, thisMemento, working with lifestyle brands including SONOS, Carhartt, Red Wing, KNVB, Converse and indeed Nike, on their own consumer-centric insights that impact strategy and storytelling, across western and eastern Europe.
Jeremy is a sound digger who has on-off relationships with turntables for 20 years. This Amsterdam based french Dj loves crossing borders of genders & time.
The event is sponsored by:
The PanicRoom is a bi-annual inspiration night created, curated and hosted by PostPanic. First launched back in 2009, The PanicRoom is our way of bringing together like-minded souls to find out what makes extraordinary creatives tick. The PanicRoom’s home is with PostPanic in Amsterdam but it’s also exported around the world, having started with ‘The PanicRoom: Mexico Edition’ in 2012.
Fuelled by our drink sponsors and good food, a PanicRoom night is most definitely not a portfolio night. Each event features 3 specially invited speakers, chosen by PostPanic because of their inspirational work, regardless of whether they are actual business competitors of PostPanic’s or not. This is because the aim of the PanicRoom is to share the subjects and people PostPanic find fascinating - it’s not a showcase and it’s not about wheeling and dealing.
Speakers to date have included:
Shynola (UK) • Pleix (FR) • United Visual Artists (UK) • Johnny Hardstaff (UK) • Kristoffer Borgli (Norway) • Terence Neale (SA) • Dougal Wilson (UK) • Dvein (SP) Vincent Fournier (FR) • Gmunk (US) • Aaron Duffy (US) • Si Scott (UK) • Jamie-James Medina (US/UK) • Niels Shoe Meulman (NL) • Sougwen Chung (US) • Andrew T Huang (US) • Man vs Machine (UK) • Polynoid (Ger) • Alex Turvey (UK) • Radical Friend (US) • Lucy McRae (AUS/ NL) • Fons Schiedon (NL) • Johan Rijpman (NL) • Sehsucht (DE) • HeyHeyHey (NL) • Hecq (DE) • The Stone Twins (IR) • DJ Kypski (NL) • Matt Blease (UK) • Matt Lambert (DE) • Jon Burgerman (US) • Lernert & Sander (NL)
All instructed to inspire and surprise an invite-only 120-strong audience consisting of Amsterdam’s key members from the advertising and creative communities. They each have 30 minutes to share all the things going round in their head - this could be bad album covers, youtube dance clips, snippets of history or just random images.