DIAlogues 2013 is an interrogation forum presented by the Design Institute Australia (DIA) to open up exploration of often difficult and controversial issues facing the design industry and design better solutions. DIAlogues 2013 has been completely reinvented into a brand new format featuring a hot topic, audience engagement, specialist guest panelists and moderator. This is a great opportunity to get involved. DIAlogues Interrogation Forum: Authentic Design/Intellectual Property will be held on Wednesday 28 August at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Peter Florentzos, DIA National Director and Queensland Branch Co-President, explains that “much of the design industry is faced by authentic design and Intellectual Property issues on a daily basis. Hence it seems too fitting to address this topic in our third DIAlogues Interrogation Forum.” The Forum will propose that supporting authentic design means to acknowledge and respect the Intellectual Property of designers. One side of the argument will state that supporting original design will assist in maintaining our industry’s design heritage and ensure the future of our creative work. It also guarantees better control in areas such as fair working conditions in manufacture as well as minimising the environmental footprint. Furthermore, original design is seen as an investment, gaining in value over time, while replicas become ...


Here’s some inspiration across design/science/innovation/technology and placing the customer central to both supply and demand. Finnish designer Janne Kyttanen has given us a whole new take on the old fairy tale about the shoemaker and the elves. Kyttanen has created a line of shoes you can 3D print at home overnight. Produced for Cubify, the online marketplace where you can access and make great stuff on 3D printers, the wedge shoes can be downloaded for free and printed on a CubeX printer.      


Scream, is an interactive layering of music, design, art and technology produced by the performance/art/music/new media/fashion/design collective Chicks on Speed.  Currently on show at IMA in Brisbane (to 21 September), Scream adds a new element into the Chicks on Speed mission – an interactive app developed in residency at ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, that enables audience members to live compose and mix audio visual scenes projected in the gallery space. Scream projects visual energy along side a ‘theremin’ tapestry – made collaboratively with the Victorian Tapestry Workshop – a music-producing work controlled without physical contact from the player. Chicks on Speed is a multi-national musical, design, media and visual art ensemble, formed in Munich in 1997. The founding members, Melissa Logan and Alex Murray-Leslie, met at the Academy of Fine Arts. Associated with musical genres, such as electroclash, Chicks on Speed started as a multidisciplinary art group who applied punk-inspired DIY ethic to performance art, collage graphics, fashion and design. The name originates from their work at Haus Der Kunst where they were renowned for hanging paintings very fast! For the last three years Chicks on Speed have been working on a series of what they call Object Instruments, shying away from filling the stage with conventional band instruments, ...


Australia’s first investment fund exclusively focussed on creative entrepreneurs is now OPEN. QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) launched its $1.2 million investment fund in Brisbane on 30 July 2013. The Creative Enterprise Fund will invest up to $150,000 capital to creative businesses to help them reach their commercial potential. Applications are open for both the Creative Enterprise Pre-Seed Fund – which provides early stage capital of between $10,000 and $25,000 – and the Creative Investment Early Stage Investment Fund, which will invest between $25,000 and $150,000 in businesses with high-growth potential. A committee of some of Australia’s most seasoned executives will assess investment opportunities against criteria intended to test potential commercial viability. Chaired by former IBM and Microsoft executive John Hummelstad, the committee will also draw on the expertise of industry leaders including the VP of Sales for Apple in the United States, Stephanie Carullo, and former General Manager and CFO, Sam Friend. CEA aims to grow creative businesses through creativity, investment and enterprise to accelerate businesses to go global. CEA works with companies at different stages of their development and provides essential business skills and pragmatic action-oriented mentoring focused on company growth and investment. In just under ten years, CEA has ...


Get your design taste buds ready, and watch Tastemaker now. Find out what and who gave America’s design industry a tempting taste of Queensland’s hottest design. Tastemaker is a unique international showcasing trade opportunity for Queensland designers and is the creation of Quench, Queensland’s award-winning design collective. Tastemaker was a signature trade event produced by Quench in tandem with this year’s Dwell on Design; one of the largest design fares in the USA and the same event that, last year, Quench won Best in Show, beating more than 270 exhibitors including global brands such as Miele and Emeco and ‘country’ stands including design-gurus Switzerland. Find out more about Tastemaker here. Images courtesy of Quench and Tastemaker.


Home to a dynamic collective of creative businesses, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) is inviting you to celebrate Small Business Week 2013 and the development of a collaborative shared work space at CEA. CEA believe many who work independently are discovering alienation lurking behind the home-office fantasy, and are turning to a new generation of co-working organisations who can provide a hive to be happy and productive. An office should be designed for the interactive, serendipitous manner in which creative professionals work today. Creative practitioners, freelancers, artists and small business working in the creative and digital industries are welcome to join. With this is mind, on Wednesday 31 July at 5.30-7.30pm, CEA are hosting a Creative Collective celebration and lively discussion about plans to open a co-share space at CEA. RSVP to Also, keep in mind that the nation-leading CEA event, Creative3, is fast approaching (12-13 September 2013). The event will deliver unparralled personal and professional development, it will bring together creative entrepreneurs and enterprises and present the unique RiverPitch. Image courtesy of CEA


“Using creativity and design-based thinking to solve complex problems is a distinctive Australian strength that can help to meet the emerging challenges of this century.” Commonwealth of Australia The Knowledge Economy Market Development Mapping Study (the study) has just launched. The study showcases and evidences the innovative creative learning-based initiatives across the state, the educators, designers and Government as national leaders. The study was lead by the Queensland University of Technology (Natalie Wright, Rebekah Davis, and Professor Sam Bucolo) and developed in consultation with key industry figures, government, education institutions and leaders, and demonstrates the role and value of design and creative-thinking to drive growth and innovation across the state. For Queensland to position itself as a knowledge economy as part of the Asia Pacific community it is vital to ensure delivery of quality creative learning professionals to support future industry, to be able to drive new markets, and nurture discerning design consumers; ‘consumers’ that recognise the value of design from product to productivity. The study, and the stimulus, investigation and dialogue that it has generated, is featured on Design Minds, the internatioanlly-recognised design learning resources for Queensland educators and students produced by the State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library. The study also featured ...


The International Academy for Design and Health presents its leading global forum, the 9th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition, in Queensland on 10-14 July 2013. The Congress supports continuous dialogue between design and health practitioners, researchers and in the field, delivering (in partnership with Governments and leading professional bodies) academic institutions, health providers and industry sponsors from around the world. The Congress and Exhibition provides an opportunity for participants to engage with the world’s foremost interdisciplinary network of thinkers in the field of design and health including architects, psychologists, physicians, nurses, health planners, environmental designers, health administrators, policy makers and other researchers, practitioners and key decision makers and influencers. The 9th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10-14 July 2013. You can find out all about it here.  


Following its success at Brisbane Indesign last year, Design A Cup is back. No need for computer aided design software, simply devise a concept, start sketching, send it in and, if it’s successful, watch it being made before your eyes. The chosen design will be made throughout the day at this year’s Sydney Indesign. The winning cup will be: original; functional; designed for rotational moulding; no bigger that 100 x 100 x 100mm; and inspirational. Design A Cup is supported by Queensland and Victoria-based Palamont: art in manufacturing; a company dedicated to creative partnerships including working with Queensland design leaders such as Christina Waterson – founder of tracepattern – and Queensland Smart Design Fellow Alexander Lotersztain. Entires close on 10 July 2013 at 5pm EST. Enter now!


Hot news from Queensland University of Technology; applications are now open to the 2014 Digital Associates Program (DAP). DAP provides independent creative practitioners, collectives and curators with opportunities to present quality and innovative new media and digital work. The program provides subsidised access to a unique exhibition space with infrastructure designed to facilitate the display of creative digital and new media practice. Successful applicants are provided with the unique opportunity to connect and collaborate in a nationally recognised creative hub, including Research and Development sessions with expert technical and curatorial staff. Two exhibition packages allow the program to adapt to specific exhibition needs and practices. Following the release of Arts Queensland’s Arts and Cultural Investment Framework 2013-14, DAP coincides with Australia Council for the Arts and Artslink Queensland’s funding initiative rounds, with the intention to assist successful applicants with supporting documentation for grant applications. Application deadline: Friday 12 July 2013 Applicants notified by Thursday 1 August 2013 DAP guidelines provide details for applicants on exhibition costs and options, space specifications and program conditions. For enquiries or more information contact Rachael Parsons on (07) 3138 3453.

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