Jason Bird, Queensland design leader, practitioner, founder of Luxxbox and objx – and founding member of Queensland design collective QUENCH – is the author of HIGHTIDE: Queensland Design Now, a publication from Uro, recently released and ready to order. Hightide recognises the past decade where Queensland has emerged as a leader of design innovation and captures the output of the state as a vibrant centre of contemporary design Hightide considers how Queensland’s qualities of place have informed the development of its unique design culture. Hightide features furniture, object and industrial design with insights from the designers into their inspirations and obsessions, as well as critical contributions from the likes of Paul McGillick, editor-in-chief of InDesign and Habitus magazines, and Robert Forster, of iconic Australian rock group the Go-Betweens. Uro is showcasing the first books at Designex in Melbourne this weekend and Quench will launch Hightide at Dwell on Design in the US in June. A Queensland launch will be in July in conjunction with supporter Stylecraft. Gallery artisan is shaping the Hightide exhibition in October. Teaser video showing all pages within the book can be found here. Images and video, courtesy of Bjorn Rust.


Surya Graf, a founding member of Quench Queensland design collective and Principal of Surya Graf Studio, releases new work from his studio and product development space. After an extensive research and development process, the Graf Studio releases its refined Crease chair. Crease has been developed with more efficient manufacturing techniques and is locally produced from a recycled PET plastic material. The chair is about to be launched in a range of new colour ways and custom print options. You can go see – and try out – the first prototypes off the machine at the Gallery artisan Made Here Now exhibition. Also, as part of Monument magazine ‘Create a Date’ project, Surya Garf Studio was invited to collaborate with Shawn Godwin of Base Architecture to develop a wine rack concept. Using 3D printing processes to test the bracket component of the design, X Rack is now available to view. Quench Queensland design collective, was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at Dwell on Design, one of America’s largest design-focussed trade and exhibition events. For further details on Surya Graf Studio, please contact surya@suryagraf.com Images courtesy of Surya Graf Studio.


Gallery artisan in Brisbane’s Fortitute Valley has transformed its Brunswick Street shopfront window into a functional design studio during its current Made Here Now exhibition. Made Here Now is an exhibition and immersive, behind the scenes design experience. Designers Benjamin Breitenstein, Forrest Gillham and Julian Munro have moved in and are getting down to business, creating a communal workspace and pop-up exhibition, where all of the pieces  made – including furniture, product design, lighting, print and textile design – are available for purchase. Breitenstein said, “A major goal of the exhibition is to educate the wider community, not just designers, about the value, diversity and appreciation of design, as well as giving students a view into the world of practicing designers. We invite – in fact we encourage – the general public, students and professionals to come in and engage with design on any level.” Gallery artisan curator Simone Jones said, “At artisan we like to actively seek out and support the next generation of designers.  Made Here Now will be firmly positioned at the forefront of the production process, and by breaking down the traditional exhibition format we are also inviting the community to engage with the processes and practitioners behind ...


New resources for you on Design Minds. How students use game design to create and comprehend complex science is revealed by Brian Alspach, General Manager of Gamestar Mechanic. Read the review of ‘Thinking for Education’ toolkit by Ideo (second edition). Download the Gamestar Mechanic Toolkit. Design Minds is an Arts Queensland initiative developed with the State Library and produced by its Asia Pacific Design Library. Design Minds is the online creative learning resources for educators and students across the state. It’s all about inquire, ideate and implement. Prepare to be inspired! Image courtesy of Asia Pacific Design Library.


Queensland designed and manufactured products are taking centre stage and giving Londoners the best seats in town, literally. Solid Stool, designed by Alexander Lotersztain, is amongst the elite products featured in the just–opened, all-designed Monocle Cafe, London. The London cafe is an entrepreneurial offshoot of Monocle, the global culture magazine and website founded by Tyler Brȗlé that explores, trends and builds on all things across international business, culture, design and fashion. Seen as a ‘curated project’ the cafe features unique designs. Solid Stool was designed by Alexander for One/Third. One/Third brings design, craftmanship and quality together in a brand co-created by Alexander with Brett and Rebecca Gray. Alexander is the inaugural Queensland Smart Design Fellow, director of multi–disciplinary studio Derlot, founding member of QUENCH Queensland design collective, award–winning designer, advisor and mentor – a true Queensland design ambassador.   Monocle Cafe image by Kate Peters featuring Alexander Lotersztain design. Solid Stool image courtesy of One/Third.


Queensland practice, Cox Rayner Architects, is the unanimous winner of the international competition to design the $290 million National Maritime Museum of China, a significant national Chinese project to be developed in Tianjin, about 100km east of Beijing. Cox Rayner were one of eight selected to compete from an 80-strong group of worldwide architects – including global leaders such as Zaha Hadid (UK), Stephen Holl (USA), Preston Scott Cohen (USA), GMP (Germany) and EMBT (Spain). Over a 6 month long, two-stage competition process, Cox Rayner finally joined 2 other finalists; EMBT (Miralles-Tagliabue) of Spain, and the South China Institute of Technology. Queensland is increasingly being recognised as a leader in design excellence and innovation. The major value and central role of our design-led approach in driving economic, social, cultural and reputational value to the state is keenly brought into focus by this iconic victory; this being the first national public building competition in China ever won by a Queensland architecture practice, and only the second by an Australian practice (the Beijing ‘Water Cube’). The commission will employ at least 20 additional architects in Queensland. It will enable employment of other Queensland consultancies from engineering through to landscape architecture. The design was informed by structural knowledge gained ...


Creative Australia, the federal government’s National Cultural Policy, has now been published. Unveiled by Arts Minister Simon Crean, Creative Australia supports $235 million investment to connect Australia’s creativity to national growth, prosperity and identity. “I’m very proud to release Creative Australia—a national cultural policy for the decade. Creative Australia is about creating excellence, creating jobs, creating prosperity, creating opportunity and creating unique Australian stories—all vital to an outward looking, competitive and confident nation.” From Minister Crean’s introduction to Creative Australia   Dr Julianne Schultz, Chair of the Queensland Design Council, chaired Minister Crean’s 22-member National Cultural Policy reference group. The Policy recognises the transformative role of creative, or design, thinking in driving creativity and innovation and supports universal arts education to be introduced in schools across Australia to ‘develop creative thinking in every young Australian regardless of the career pathway they pursue’ and support ‘a new generation of creators and audiences’ . The Policy features Australian Design, heralded by the words of His Excellency Michael Bryce AM AE as the patron of the Australian Design Alliance: “Good design in all of its fields creates economic and competitive outcomes. If Australia is to be counted on in the progressive nations of the world, competing on the world stage, it ...


The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, invites you to participate in the development of a three-year Arts for all Queenslanders strategy. The strategy will identify priorities and actions to grow the arts sector and foster a community of arts. Over the next 8 months the strategy will be developed in three stages: 1 – February to March 2013: Starting the Discussion 2 – April  to  August 2013: Draft strategy release and statewide consultation 3 – September to December 2013: Final strategy developed for release and delivery commencing 2014 Arts Queensland has prepared a strategy discussion starter that proposes five key action areas.  Arts Queensland wants to know if you think these are the right areas to focus on and it’s now time to add your influence. Read the strategy overview and complete the online survey or email your ideas to aqpolicy@arts.qld.gov.au. Be quick – the survey closes on 1 March 2013!  


People are getting addictive about additive manufacturing and a Brisbane-based event is sure to explain why.  Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) for direct manufacture is the process where additive or successive processes build complex, finished products, not possible using conventional manufacturing methods. Additive Manufacturing is changing the way Australia does business and introduces completely new ways to design including 3D printing collaborations the like as previewed recently on the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week as part of Iris van Herpen’s Haute Couture show, ‘VOLTAGE’; the work resulting in 3D sculpted fabric and forms. Additive Manufacturing  not only reduces waste and lead times but the revolutionary process also removes conventional penalties for feature complexity or low volume production. If you want to know more about the creative application of additive manufacturing then register for the 3D Printing Seminar and Demo at The Edge, State Library Queensland on Wednesday 13 February 2013. The event promises to be “an exciting day of challenging seminars and innovative design of 3D printing from overseas and locally“. It involves a 10am-2pm seminar with an afternoon exhibition program to “find out the realities on how you could start to use it in your business or design practice“. The event also offers the chance to meet local FabLab makers and catch-up on exclusive 3D printing exhibits from Europe and build ...


Some more exciting new content for Design Minds! Adam Jefford, a Queensland/Smithsonian Design Fellow, makes some great points about collaboration, partnering with the community, empowering students to direct their own learning and also encouraging other teachers to join a dialogue in developing Design Minds. Design Minds is the online design education and creative learning resources for Queensland educators and students developed with content from the Queensland Government/Smithsonian Institution, New York, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Fellowship. Design Minds is an initiative of Arts Queensland in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, endorsed by QUEENSLANDERSIGN™. Image courtesy of State Library Queensland

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