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.


Australian startup, Tzukuri, are marking their territory in the extremely competitive eyewear market with sunglasses that can’t ever be lost. Using Bluetooth chip technology, the shades punch out messages to your phone at set distances. Wearers may never lose their favorite sunnies again. Plans for delivery are late this year or early 2015. Subscribe and be the first to find out more about Tzukuri here. Images courtesy Tzukuri.    


Have your say on the strategic vision and plan to guide development and investment in the Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane, for the next 20 years. Online survey is open now. The Cultural Precinct is the centerpiece of Queensland’s arts portfolio. It occupies a prime location on South Bank adjacent to the city’s CBD and is home to the State’s leading arts and cultural institutions. The Queensland Government recognises that the Cultural Precinct must adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of Queenslanders with future potential for: connectivity for people and transport the public realm (spaces between the buildings) arts and cultural infrastructure and building requirements appropriate commercial and activation opportunities quality of the visitor experience digital opportunities   Barry Lord, of Lord Cultural Resources, is part of the design team commissioned by Arts Queensland to shape the Cultural Precinct Master Plan. Lord, a global expert dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide, was in Brisbane for a full week of dedicated immersion in the project. Opening up the shaping of the Master Plan with the public is a key driver of the project and, along with the online survey, intercept surveys and newsletters, Lord presented a public talk at the State Library sharing ground breaking mapping ...


TEDx Brisbane 2013 videos are coming out now! In particular, the guitar performance by Chris Tamwoy. TEDx Brisbane curators, Carl Lindgren and Paul Fairweather, want to tell the world about Chris; “Chris is a 17 year old Torres Strait Islander living in Woodridge, south of Brisbane. A musician, high school student and football referee; Chris is an amazing kid. He has phenomenal talent.” TEDx Brisbane is an independent, community organisation event building on the global TED vision. TEDx Brisbane 2013 was held at the State Library Queensland on 15 October and not only supported ideas worth sharing but tweets worth sharing. With ‘Ideas Everywhere’ TEDx Brisbane was supported by QUEENSLANDERSIGN™ recognising the role and value of design and creative thinking as key drivers of growth and innovation across the State.


The Cultural Precinct, the centrepiece of Queensland’s arts prortfolio occupying a prime location on Brisbane’s South Bank, is home to the State’s leading arts and cultural institutions. This collection of co-located cultural places on a single site is unique in Australia and recognised world-wide as successful and celebrated. Barry Lord of Lord Cultural Resources is a recognised global leader dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide, with 2000+ projects across 50+ countries and 6 continents. From the Smithsoniain in New York to the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao by ‘starchitect’ Frank Gehry, Lord is bringing to Brisbane unparralled knowledge and experience of cultural projects including museums, mixed-use developments, cultural centres, art galleries, science centres, world expositions, visitor centres, heritage sites, festivals, theatres, archives, libraries and gardens. Join Lord on Thursday 24 October at 6pm for his lecture at the State Library to share with us the ‘how to’ and success of designing Cultural Precincts. Register here.


The Gold Coast is set to host the gala event of the Seven by Seven talk series presented by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Seven inspiraiton design leaders will present at the QT Hotel, Surfer’s Paradise at 6pm on Friday 8 November 2013. Seven by Seven will feature Virginia Rigney, Gold Coast City Gallery; Ros Hemley, The Interior Space; Tom Anthony, Tom Anthony Imaging; Jon Harris, Anything Urban; Colin Heaney, Colin Heaney; Jeff Licence, Tigermonkey Productions; and Tory Jones, City of Gold Coast.  The event also features a fashion showcase. You can find out more about the speakers and the event here. Ticket sales close on Monday 4 November at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased here or by contacting Melissa Reid at diaq.goldcoast@design.org.au Image courtesy of the DIA.


Queensland’s Cox Rayner Architects has secured one of the highest awards at the 2013 World Architecture Festival (WAF), the Future Project of the Year award, for its National Maritime Museum of China. The project won, not one, but three of these highly coveted industry-revered accolades for the Queensland practice; winning the World Future Culture Project and World Future Competition Project. The National Maritime Museum of China was praised for its strong conceptual clarity and sense of the maritime experience. The design features five hall structures radiating out to the harbour with the museum fronted by a ‘maritime plaza’, where maritime re-enactments and various open air events engage the museum with the city. The jury commented that “It brings together vast collections of elements of China’s rich maritime history and offers the visitor references to global maritime cultures. [We] look forward to a realisation that maintains the integrity of the original idea.”                       Cox Rayner added to their awards success with two other project wins; The Left-Over-Space House (Casey and Rebekah Vallance with Cox Rayner) won the World House of the Year and the Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery project took the World Future ...


The UK Design Council has partnered with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to find out why, how and when design has shaped businesses to excel and grow. Their investigations discovered some compelling evidence which has now been released. And, with its promise to ‘champion design that improves lives’, the UK Design Council has teamed up with Golden Wolf animation studio to showcase the report findings in an engaging way and make it clear to everyone the value of good design. If you want to find out how much design was found to boost profit and also benefit staff, then watch and read now.


What would you do with $5000 cash? What value would you gain from a year’s mentorship with iconic Australian designer Marc Newson? Where would you go with $5000 worth of Qantas flights? If you think these are awesome quesitons to ponder then stop thinking and start designing!  The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA) are open for entries. Craftspeople, obect makers and designers between 18 to 30 can apply, but be quick, entries close on Tuesday 8 October. If this has caught your imagination, then find out more here. Images courtesy of Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards

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