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Andy Kirk—The Design of Nothing

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Simon E. and Daniel A.


6:00pm Arrive / Socialise / Grab a drink
6:30pm Andy Kirk—the design of nothing
7:00pm Drinks / Food / Open Discussion
8:00pm Close / Socialise

The Design of Nothing

In this talk Andy Kirk ( will explore several aspects associated with the design challenges and opportunities of ‘nothing’.

Firstly, the challenges of representing and communicating null and zero: two very different states but both offering potentially compelling insights. How do you most effectively encode the absence of a value? How do you make ‘nothing’ visible? What can we learn from the absence of a data value compared to presence of a zero data value? What are some of the most enduring examples of the impact of such displays?

A further perspective acknowledges the often-neglected power of emptiness. Blank space is a vital design component but requires sound judgement, restraint and a good deal of courage. Used well it can unlock the perception of pattern, form and arrangement as explained by Gestalt Psychology. This is making a visible design choice seemingly invisible.

The final element looks at different concepts of the nothingness of invisible: what can we learn from that which is not included? How is what is included shaped by what is not? Andy will investigate some of the key considerations and illustrate the various techniques with classic and contemporary examples.

Discount offer

Andy Kirk has kindly offered Hack/Hackers Brisbane members a discount for his full day Brisbane workshop.

Use the code BRISHACKS to obtain a 10% discount for the 1-day 'data visualisation & infographic design (’ workshop taking place in Brisbane on Friday 24th.


Hacks/Hackers is supported by a number of wonderful sponsors. Our presentation partner hub4101 ( provides event support and does a great job of promoting innovation, creativity and digital technology in the 4101 postcode (

We're very pleased to have sponsorship for this event from ThoughtWorks ( (who provide food and drink) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ( (who provide our venue).

If you have any other questions or suggestions for this event or to make 2017 a great year for Hacks/Hackers Brisbane, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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