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Listen: Resolved Designer Brunch

A few weeks ago, the morning after the opening night for Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, Kathryn Hunyor hosted a conversation between Marc Harrison and Matt Conway, two designers featured in the exhibition. The trio were joined by a number of other designers and guests, and spent almost an hour discussing the design practices, how they got where they are, and the all important topic of what an Australian design identity is.

Below is the full audio, available to stream now or download and listen to later—you can also grab it from the Resolved collection on Object on iTunes U. Listen right to the end to catch a great question from one of the guests about the responsibilities of current designers as they craft a design identity for Australia.

Don’t miss the Designers’ Den event coming up on 31 May as part of Vivid Sydney, and make sure you check out all of the videos exploring the process of each designer, and insights into the design scene in Australia.

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Resolved Videos Begin!

As part of creative program Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design, a series of mini documentaries have been produced. They will be released online, at our Video & Audio Gallery, over the next week and a bit, with all live and ready to be watched in time for the opening of the exhibition next Friday, April 4.

The videos cover two strands. First, each designer has their own video focusing on their work, the process, and their practice. The first of these, looking at Matt Conway, designer of the iconic Bale Chair, is ready to be watched now.

The second strand features a number of thematic videos—looking at things like the design landscape in Australia, or how to take a concept to market. The first of these, Designing in Australia, looks at what it is like to be a designer in Australia at the moment, and some of the benefits and challenges.

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Design Emergency with Casula Public School

As part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, Object: Australian Design Centre’s outreach education program Design Emergency is travelling around the country, accompanying the exhibition, and working with local schools. Design Emergency aims to instil design thinking practices in tomorrow’s leaders at an early age by working with them on problems or issues identified by the students and relevant to them. (For more on Design Emergency, including exercises, stories and teacher’s notes, head to the Design Emergency section of this website.)

On 22 August, 2013, Design Emergency visited Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) with CUSP designers George Khut and Stephen Mushin, collaborating with 40 year five and six students from Casula Public School. Casula Public has a farm as part of the school grounds, and four primary elements were identified by the students as needing attention:

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Behind The Scenes Of Floorness

Ok, I admit it, I like carpet. I mean, I really like it. I would even go so far as define it as an interest. Rudolph Stingel is to blame. He’s that New York based artist who at the 1993 Venice Biennale glued a huge orange carpet to the wall and called it a painting.

It was a simple spatial shift that transformed my perception of carpet from “feels good under bare feet” to “someone call Rothko”. This year, Stingel’s exhaustingly carpeted every surface of Venice’s Palazzo Grassi. I mean every surface, ceiling, stairwell, sill. If these are paintings, then paintings are to be walked on and vacuumed.

As a designer I try to un-learn the world as much as I try to learn about it. This may seem like a one-step-forward, two-steps-back statement. But it is more like one-step-forward and a step-to-the-side. That cheeky side-step takes you to a new place.
A place where you see things from a new angle and do things in a different way.

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2013 Sydney Design Awards

Entries for the 2013 Sydney Design Awards have been extended and now close this Sunday 8 September, 2013. Presented by design100 they represent the diversity and culture of the Sydney design industry.

Sydney as a recognised global design city, features both local and international design activity, and the shortlisted entries in the Sydney Design Awards represent an annual snapshot of the sophisticated design culture in the Sydney marketplace. This year’s program gives an opportunity for professional designers, design commissioners and brand managers to have their design works recognised.

Head to the Sydney Design Awards website for more information and to get your entries in.

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2013 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards

Entries for the 2013 Premier’s Design Awards close next Tuesday, 20 August 2013. Open for projects where the primary designer(s) is Victorian, regardless of the location of the client, entries are welcome in the categories of Architectural Design, Service Design, Industrial & Product Design, Communication Design, Digital Design, and Design Strategy.

Entries will be judged by an eminent jury of Australian and international designers, led by Victorian designer Ken Cato, AO. Judging criteria includes Design Excellence, Design Transformation, Design Impact, and Design Innovation.

Head to the Premier’s Design Awards website for more information and to enter online.

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Lexus Design Awards 2014

The second annual Lexus Design Awards are now calling for entries, with submissions closing October 15 2013, 11:59pm GMT. Presented in collaboration with Designboom, the Lexus Design Awards are open to students, professionals and design enthusiasts alike, from around the world.

The Lexus Design Award was created to ‘help support next generation innovators who produce ‘design’ to enrich our world.’ Last year’s theme was ‘Motion’—click here to check out the entries awarded from the 1243 submissions, from 72 countries. This year, the Awards are calling for submissions on the theme ‘Curiosity.’

Two prize winners will receive mentorship from acknowledged professionals to develop a prototype of their work, with production costs covered to the tune of 5 million Yen (approx. AUD$56,000 at time of writing.) The winners, along with ten additional finalists, will also receive a trip to Milan for the awards event and exhibition.

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Listen: Robots vs BalletLab

On 27 July 2013, CUSP designer and social roboticist Mari Velonaki was joined by fellow artificial intelligence pioneer Maurice Pagnucco and BalletLab Artistic Director Philip Adams for our second Talk In Transit. On a train from Central Station to Casula Station, passengers were treated to a talk from the three around the question ‘Are we evolving or revolving?’

Stream or download the audio of the talk below, and you can also download free as part of the CUSP collection on Object on iTunes U.

And don’t forget to book for the final two Talks In Transit coming up:
- Brick vs Buck with Anupama Kundoo and Robbie Buck, 17 August 2013
- Can Design Change Communities? with Paul Pholeros and Alison Page, 31 August 2013

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WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory

Co-curators of WOOD: art design architecture, Elliat Rich and Brian Parkes, have created a little wooden forest of objects for us to float around and get lost in. The insightful duo have collected together the sublime works of 28 talented contemporary Australian artists, designers, and architects and created an engaging celebration of all things wood.

The exhibition of these works is a wonderful exploration of the historical, technological, and social significance of this ancient material.

Even though wood appears to be a simple, static material to work with, it is often not the case. Wood can crack, expand, and warp (I have experienced all three of these occurrences at once), and only the most skilled craftspeople can get the most out of this deceptively problematic substance.

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Design Emergency at Fort Street Public

Annette Mauer is Object’s Head of Learning, and is currently heavily involved in the creation, prototyping and development of Design Emergency.

The children in Mr Larba Sarkis’s class at Fort Street Public have embarked on a Design Emergency journey. The students are using design thinking to find creative solutions to improve the learning experience in the their classroom.

Fort Street students come from all parts of the world and from many different suburbs in Sydney so their experiences are quite diverse. In the last 2 weeks, the students have used many design thinking techniques such as creating personas and observing their environment. After they have completed their investigations the students will be working with both me and an established designer to help them reframe their issues and prototype their ideas.

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