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 ...

CONNECTING DESIGNERS WITH BUSINESS FOR A PERFECT MATCH

Rick Wells, internationally recognised ‘design integration’ leader, will make a presentation in Brisbane this week on how local designers can increase the demand for their services. On Thursday 17 November, at the Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley, Rick will give an overview of New Zealand’s Better by Design program, which was the model for the Queensland Government’s Ulysses initiative. The focus of Ulysses is to help Queensland businesses harness the power of design in their operations to boost their bottom line and increase their international competitiveness. Rick is an expert on this subject. He and his business partner transformed Formway Furniture from a small business with 12 staff to an operation employing 200 people, turning over more than $50 million a year. He now works with several design-led companies and is Deputy Chairman of the Design Advisory Board of the Better By Design program. During his Connecting Designers With Business talk Rick will cover the following topics:   The client’s business model: creating differentiation; Collaborative working culture; Business expectations; The design process: minimising risk; The living design brief: client buy-in; and Creating your own niche as a design practice. The event is hosted by the Australian Graphic Design Association and Design ...

Juli Grbac

Why do we create? For some it’s about achieving a goal to build something with one’s hands, for others it’s about solving a problem or responding to a need. For others still it’s a way to express emotions or tell a story. Others see beauty in the creation of things, something that is more than just visual. It is this appreciation of deep beauty and the emotional appeal of creating that motivates Brisbane-based fashion powerhouse Juli Grbac. “I have always been driven by beauty,” Grbac enthuses. “It’s why I create. I love to evoke a feeling that can be experienced just by looking at a dress.” This desire to create is something that seems innate in Grbac, something that started from a very young age when she used inherit her sister’s clothes and re-work them to suit her style. All this at eight-years-old! Early on Grbac would dream up designs and enlist her mother’s considerable sewing abilities to pull off her creations and then at 10 years, she took on the sewing herself and never looked back. Grbac’s design journey took her first to Gateway TAFE in Brisbane where she studied fashion design, she then took the next step and ...