About

Make Nice was created to support, elevate, educate, and celebrate creative women.

Founder and director Ngaio Parr created Make Nice in 2015 with a mission to create a supportive community for talented creative women, provide safe and inclusive spaces (physical and virtual), showcase female talent, and provide practical industry advice. Since then, we’ve hosted two multi-day un-conferences, an international pop-up event, panels, and talks. We’ve created ongoing discussion and support via our online forum and showcased the work and practice of hundreds of women on our site and online platforms to elevate industry visibility. Because of Make Nice, women have acquired new jobs, new friends, new collaborators, and new skills.

Our online platform provides the immediate and much-needed answers to those shitty questions (often in GIF form), creates impromptu drinks in cities worldwide, and has started more than one collaboration. Our site has showcased the work and practices of the women we love to elevate and inspire our community: illustrators, writers, photographers, designers, makers, bakers, curators, singers and songwriters, gamers, painters - any and all female-identifying creatives. And our conferences brought all of these women together for keynotes, panels, town-hall discussions and our patented ‘not-gross networking’. We Make Nice because we think it’s the best way to make change. We are excited about the potential for new collaboration and partnerships, pop-ups, and original content that continues to promote our mission. 

Make Nice acknowledges the traditional country of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage and beliefs, which are of continuing importance.

About Ngaio (Our Founder) 

Ngaio started Make Nice in 2015 when she couldn't find the creative community, support systems, and education that she wanted for herself, her friends, and the design students she taught. She is the founder and director of Make Nice, as well as being the curator/programmer of Make Nice events, and the creative director of the Make Nice brand and vision. 

Outside of Make Nice, Ngaio Parr leads her independent studio as a designer, art director, and illustrator. The studio collaborates on a range of work including publication design, illustration, art direction, curation, set & space design, visual identity, and other printed matter. Select clients include The New York Times, Thames & Hudson, Redbull, Penguin, Ban.do, Buzzfeed, and Kester Black.

Ngaio Parr founded the studio in 2014. She studied Fine Arts at QUT, and Design at QCA and RISD. Ngaio has taught design at the University of Technology Sydney since 2015, and is a contributor to Women Of Graphic Design. She speaks regularly at conferences and institutions around the world about her work and the power of women - among them Creative Mornings, Adobe Make It, and Vivid Ideas; and often curates events, panels, and exhibitions for these same communities.

History

Back in June 2015 we launched Make Nice in Sydney with a three-day ‘un-conference’ as part of Vivid Ideas in June 2016. We wanted to provide practical advice for working in the creative industries, promote the importance of a thriving and supportive professional ecology, and foster ongoing dialogue for the continued exchange of ideas. You know, no biggie.

Our program was built around our experiences in the creative industries and our hopes for change. We handpicked our keynotes for their depth of experience and ability to inspire, and programmed our panels to address the overarching themes we see as central to the success of all women. The line-up included Adi Goodrich, Leslie David, Elizabeth Weinberg, Suzy Tuxen, Brodie Lancaster, Elyse Strydom, Jess Scully, and Niccola Phillips. 

The whole thing was dynamic, inspiring and - we were delighted to hear - very useful. We had a ball. Make Nice: An Un-Conference for Creative Women was Co-Founded and Co-Directed in 2016 by Alexandra Winters and Ngaio Parr as a Part of Vivid Ideas and Vivid Sydney.

September 2017 saw Make Nice reach even greater heights, with another bumper group of creative women gathering together over two days in Sydney, Australia. The line-up was filled to the brim with talented women including Ann Friedman, Stanislava Pinchuk (MISO), Becky Simpson, Leah Procko, Amrita Hepi, Brenda Briand, Amy Nadaskay, Anna Ross, Jess Scully, and Lex Hirst. 

In Feburary 2018, we hosted our first pop-up conference in Santa Barbara, California at the fifth-annual Yeah Field Trip conference. We included some of our favourite American into the mix - including Adi Goodrich, Tina Essmaker, Morgan Fletcher, and Olesya Rulin.