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 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


Great news to report that Queensland Design Council member Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been announced as a 2013 Australia Day Ambassador. The Australia Day Ambassador Program is an initiative that selects high achieving Australians – our sporting heroes, entrepreneurs, scientists, business leaders and experts – to join local Australia Day celebrations in local towns and cities and regional areas across the nation. Established in 1990, and in its ninth year in Queensland, Australia Day Ambassadors dedicate their time and commitment to inspire pride and celebration in hundreds of local Australia Day events. This recognition follows Yassmin’s award as Australia’s 2012 Young Leader in the inaugural Women of Influence Awards. The 2013 Queensland Australia Day Ambassadors are: Ms Yassmin Abdel-Magied Ms Alison Alexander Mr Clive Berghofer AM Dr Don Bowley OAM Mr Bill Bristow AM Dr Sally Butler Major Jim Campbell DFC Professor Julie Campbell AO Mr Preston Campbell Ms Sara Carrigan OAM Mr Jerry Coleby-Williams Mr David Conry Mr John Coutis Ms Lisa Curry AO MBE Emeritus Professor  Ken Donald AO Dr Dimity Dornan AM Mr Charlie Earp OAM Mr Gerrard Gosens OAM Dr Tony Gould AM Uncle Albert Holt Mr Peter Howard Mrs Hetty Johnston Mr John Lazarou Mr Darren Lockyer Mrs Jean Madden ...


Indigenous Emerging Designer Scholarship Great news about a fantastic Queensland design scholarship. QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) is offering a one year CEA Fashion Incubator scholarship for an emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Designer commencing in 2013. This unique opportunity follows on from the the successful launch of the AKIN collection; a collaborative contemporary Indigenous fashion design partnership initiated by Arts Queensland and the Queensland Design Council. AKIN, produced by CEA, previewed at QUT’s elite fashion graduate show late last year. Recipients of the scholarship will join the CEA Fashion Incubator’s Emerging Designer Program. This program will provide the training, workspace, technical services, mentoring and networks needed to grow a sustainable fashion business. The scholarship will support an Indigenous designer to acquire the skills and experience needed to launch a career in the fashion industry. This unique opportunity is valued at over $10,000. The program includes: – Professional business and technical support delivered by CEA in partnership with QUT – Fashion and our industry advisory panel – Dedicated mentor with one-on-one sessions – A fully equipped studio, shared with like-minded fashion businesses – Access to sampling and production facilities – Office space with lockable cupboard – Access to WGSN, a trend forecasting site used by international fashion companies ...


‘Quench: The thirst for new design’ - a unique mentoring and international showcasing opportunity for emerging Queensland designers – has now launched and be quick to get your entry in by 6th January 2013! The Thirst for new design initiative is the creation of Quench, Queensland’s international award-winning design collective, developed in partnership with Gallery artisan – the State’s peak body presenting and promoting individual quality crafted design. Thirst for new design will select one talented designer to not only feature in the Quench-curated exhibition to be on show in artisan’s exclusive Ivory Street window in January 2013 but to have all flights and accommodation paid for and join the Quench exhibition in an international design fair in the USA. To enter, you need to create an interpretation of what the work of Quench means to you and present this in film, graphic design, animation or multi-media - you can be as cool or as crazy as your like!  But first, you need to go online to artisan’s blog and register through the online process. Quench has had an amazing year, winning ‘Best in Show’ at Dwell on Design - one of the largest design fares in the USA – beating 276 exhibitors including global brands such as Miele, Kohler and Emeco and ‘country’ stands including design-gurus Switzerland. The year for Quench has ...

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