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 ...

QUENCH

By Danielle Koopman Queensland designers are collaborating to quench global thirst for fresh new brands and innovations. Designers Alexander Lotersztain, Bjorn Rust, Surya Graf, Marc Harrison, Jason Bird and David Shaw are a collective of emerging, mid-career and established professionals who in 2010 banded together under the banner Quench. Quench aims to promote new design developed here as well as raise the profile of Queensland design as a whole. Its early forays into the international market have chalked up some impressive results, including an exhibition at Design Tide in Tokyo, Quench plans to bring Queensland design to key international marketplaces to strengthen the recognition and value of Queensland design, build design knowledge and seek both public and private investment Argentinian-born Alexander Lotersztain, established his design furniture brand ‘derlot’ in Queensland in 2003 and won the Inaugural Queensland Premier Smart State Designer of the Year Fellowship Award in 2010. He is passionate about bringing together businesses and designers to create new ventures and opportunities in the global market. “Design is a platform for entrepreneurial development,” he says. “Design is very closely related to business and marketing strategies. You need to understand the business’ short and long-term goals. “Queensland industry is currently ...

Living with Growth: Have your say

As Queensland’s population hurtles toward the 5 million mark, The Courier-Mail is hosting a free public forum on growth tomorrow night (Wednesday 26 October). Living with Growth: How do we prepare for 5 million and beyond? is the latest of the newspaper’s Let the Sun Shine reader forums. With the Queensland Population Counter on the website of the State Government’s Office of Economic and Statistical Review showing our population increasing by one person every 7 minutes and 4 seconds, the forum couldn’t be timelier. Speakers include Associate Professor Phil Heywood from the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Urban Development, Brisbane City Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Chair Amanda Cooper, and Urban Land Development Authority CEO Paul Eagles. The forum covers issues like infrastructure, housing and transport. It runs for 90 minutes at QUT, IHBI Seminar Room, Level 4, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove Campus. Entry is from 5.45pm for a 6pm start. To attend, email marketing@thecouriermail.com.au

The Queenslander House

Anyone who has lived in a Queenslander house will tell you they have character and each one is an individual. Each has its own variation – a window sill that’s not quite straight; the enchanting shadow cast by sunlight streaming through timber fretwork; a little slit at the bottom of a skirting board that lets in a bracing winter wind; a wide veranda that shades your family from the summer blaze and welcomes the warming winter sun. The Queenslander house is unique, a design icon, a building that says much about its origins. Associate Professor Peter Skinner, Queensland President of the Australian Institute of Architects, points out that the Queenslander was designed to work within its unique environment. “The lifestyle in the Queenslander house was different to that of Britain, Europe and southern Australian states,” he says. “We lived with the doors and windows open. We relaxed, entertained and chatted to the neighbours on the street from the veranda.” When one hears the word Queenslander, in relation to a building, a clear vision usually emerges: a timber house with a steep-pitched tin roof, surrounded or at the very least punctuated by a wide verandah, high-set on stumps with decorative timber ...

FloodAid

Usually when one has a great idea, it’s a ‘light bulb moment’ the metaphorical light bulb switches on above one’s head. This case study looks at one brilliant paradigm-changing idea that coincided with the lights going off, not on. A typical afternoon in early 2011 at a Brisbane-based marketing and advertising firm saw a group of workmates brainstorming ideas for an upcoming client proposal when the power went out. The now-infamous Brisbane floodwaters had hit and the office had to be temporarily relocated to the Creative Director’s house. After beating a hasty retreat to higher ground, the colleagues hit on the idea of creating an iPhone application to allow people to report high water and enabling users to map their way home navigating around areas that were flooded. The iPhone app had great potential and anyone who had to drive through flood-affected Brisbane at the time would attest to the usefulness of such a tool; however time was of the essence. The group realised the time required to develop the app would be too great to make it useful immediately and turned their minds to something more instant. The greatest need, after peoples’ safety, was the rebuilding effort. So much ...