Developing ‘design minds’ for the 21st century through a public sector initiated online design education platform. The international journal, Design and Technology Education, has selected Queensland’s DesignMinds online design education resources and platform as an exemplar model, driving a new culture of creative intelligent learners in the face of rapid change, open access data and geographical diversity. You can find out why, here. DesignMinds, a public sector initiated platform (State Library and Arts Queensland) has received state and national success, including thousands of page views, 40% site visitation from non-Metro areas and private sector partnerships with The Myer Centre. The quality of the resources and delivery methodology has also received international acclaim, currently on view across 48 countries and selected for presentation – through double blind peer review - at the Design Education Researchers international conference, Cumulus, in Oslo (May 2013). Further promotion of the platform at this month’s, Brisbane-hosted, International Teaching Artist Conference. DesignMinds is supported by the Queensland Government through the Department Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, and through Education Queensland’s Learning Place. DesignMinds builds the legacy outcomes of the Queensland/Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Fellowships where, currently, Queensland teacher Terry Dean is the 2014 Fellow based in New York until October. You can read Terry’s blog here. DesignMinds Article Abstract Education ...


Drawn Here is a multimedia initiative showcasing the artistic, cultural, educational and economic value of Gold Coast design, presented at a diverse range of venues including public festivals, civic venues, networking arenas and online markets. Drawn Here enages in the role confident design has made over the last 30 years in making places that attract people and investment to the Gold Coast; including how this has triggered the state-wide valuing of regional diversity. The value of Gold Coast design, its vitality and optimism, is showcased through a series of interviews, unique historic footage, profiling of exemplary design leaders and product produced by Jeff Licence (celebrated documentary maker, writer and producer of works such as Kicking off the White Shoes). Drawn Here aims to build cultural and reputational value to our state by showcasing the unique design-driven culture, design practitioners and future development of the Gold Coast to other states and nations; this is a timely considering the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Drawn Here also presents value as a design education tool to support history and theory of design practice and environmental studies for local and international partner universities. Watch and share Drawn Here here.

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