DESIGN AND THE CULTURAL POLICY

A few months ago the Australian Government invited people and institutions around the country to provide feedback on the National Cultural Policy discussion paper. The Queensland Design Council, a ministerial advisory board appointed by the Queensland Government, responded with a paper that called for the policy to strongly acknowledge the value of design in growing Australia’s cultural and economic sector. The Council’s responses to the National Cultural Policy discussed the impact design and design-led thinking has had so far on the Queensland community, making note of the Queensland Government’s investment in the projects and activities under the Queensland Design Strategy 2020. The four-year whole-of-government Strategy positions design at the heart of Queensland’s lifestyle, while making the state a hub for design excellence in the wider Asia-Pacific region. In the Response paper the Council stated that: “Design-led thinking and practice is central to the development, productivity and enjoyment of Australian culture. By raising awareness of the role of design, Australians are more likely to be creative in relationship-building and problem-solving. The Council considers that this should be an essential element of a national cultural policy. Design is integral to Australian cultural innovation and quality of life. The economic and social benefits ...

BRIGHT STAR WINS DESIGN AWARD

  The Queensland eco-design sector has taken a starring role at London’s 2011 FX International Interior Design Awards. Wambamboo, by Kent Gration, took out the Eco Project and Product prize for The Constellation Pendant Light. Gration’s premier bamboo furniture range Wambamboo has already received award-winning recognition, with products being exhibited and distributed around Australia and internationally. Gration explains that the philosophy behind Wambamboo is to create “pieces which factor in the whole-of-life cycle of a product, from its material origin and benefits, biodegradability and recyclability. As a result the products aim to alleviate the over-production of non-renewable polluting materials in the furniture industry.” Gration is the inaugural Queensland Premier Design Award’s Emerging Design Leader. The prestigious FX Awards, now in its 13th year, brought together 1000 architecture and design industry professionals to celebrate the high-calibre achievements of leading designers and design brands around the world. Visit the FX Awards site here. Click here to find out more about Kent Gration. Image courtesy of Kent Gration.  

SIR GEORGE COX ON UK DESIGN

“Creativity is new thinking, new ideas, new ways of looking at things. Innovation is the introduction of the new: new process, new product. Design links the two. A designer wants to take creativity and take it to the end” – Sir George Cox, Designing More Innovative, Productive Businesses luncheon, Brisbane 24 November 2011 How do you encourage businesses to embrace design and creativity as a way to excel and to move forward? Celebrated UK design policy expert Sir George Cox recently came to Brisbane and did just that when he addressed industry leaders and senior government figures. Sir George Cox, a former Chairman of the UK’s Design Council, is internationally-known for his authorship of the revolutionary Cox Review on Creativity in Business, which explored design as both a cross-link between creativity and innovation, and as a crucial economic enabler and critical business innovator. Drawing on findings from the review, Sir George Cox encouraged people to avoid the “complacent assumption” that had left the UK with a “poverty of aspiration,” making the country fall behind in comparison to the economic boom of China and India. Sir George Cox advocated us all to harness design and innovative thinking as integral tools to sustain ...