Hi, nice to meet you!

Don Norman, cognitive scientist and design critic, in his 2003 TED talk, 3 ways good design makes you happy, said that if you’re more susceptible to interruption, you do more out-of-the-box thinking.  I join the Asia Pacific Design Library as Manager, mid PhD, after 7 years as a lecturer at QUT School of Design and an 18 year practice background in commercial interior design, with the hope that this interruption will pay dividends for my own personal learning and the ongoing development of an internationally significant initiative that I am passionate about. My design career to date, and the lifestyle that comes with that, has been full of exciting interruptions, which have allowed me to work on creative projects with amazing people with shared aspirations. Having been involved with the APDL since its inception in 2010, I am keen to continue working with its talented team, and its family of contributors, followers and supporters, to extend its reach and value for the greater Queensland and Asia Pacific community.

Graduating at the end of the 80s as an interior designer in Brisbane, I found roles in the design professions were scarce and misunderstood, leading me to pursue necessary overseas stints in Japan and the UK. Enduring the cyclic highs and lows of the construction industry and Brisbane’s transformations, my career has taken various turns, and in response to this, in the last ten years, as a DIA State Councillor, National Director, International representative and academic, my energy has been more focused on design advocacy and education – demonstrating the value of design and design thinking for our economy, culture and society in Australia.

In 2010, in conjunction with a touring design exhibition, I directed the goDesign Travelling Design Workshop Program for secondary students in 6 regional Queensland towns; the first multi-sectoral statewide travelling design education scheme in Australia. This program was life changing, and highlighted to me the transformation, empowerment, motivation and renewed understanding of self, people and place made possible through the collaborative and hands-on process of design thinking. It demonstrated to me the importance of providing these opportunities, in particular for our youth; introducing a different way of seeing and being in a rapidly changing, complex world. It demonstrated to me that design thinking IS a powerful tool for addressing ‘wicked problems’ and building community resilience, as well as enhancing life-long learning through inclusivity and participation.

My interests now lie in research and development of design education programs, which cultivate the generic skills, behaviours and mindsets necessary for our future sustainment in the 21st century knowledge economy. I have had the pleasure of being involved in the development of the Design Minds platform and its community, and look forward to being involved in its ongoing evolution and growing its ambassador network.

The APDL for me, as a prototype model for a 21st century library, encompassing both physical and digital platforms for knowledge generation, is the perfect sandpit for interruption, inducing inquiry, ideation and implementation focused on public places, communication, better living, design thinking and fashion. Come in and visit us in the Design Lounge or at one of our events, for a nourishing and happiness-inducing interruption to your day, and pen your thoughts on Design Online to inspire others.  While I am here I hope to meet you – whether you are local or international, from industry, academia or the community  – in the sandpit, and hear about your ideas for generating new knowledge around design in the Asia Pacific.

I’d love to hear from you anytime. You can email me at natalie.wright@slq.qld.gov.au or follow me on Twitter @Brisbane_Design or hear all the latest via our APDL Twitter @slqAPDL.


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Digesting the Language

Terry Deen, a local teacher at Kelvin Grove State College in Queensland, is the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Fellow. Thanks to the partnership between the Queensland Government and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum in New York, Terry will be working at NYC’s iconic Museum Mile until early October. He is in New York experiencing and delivering quality design education via his tenure. Terry is sharing his experiences with us and has written his second piece on the APDL blog.  You can also follow Terry’s journey via Twitter or Instagram.

Spot the Australian

Staff and Participants at SDI NOLA

I am the 2014 Queensland Cooper Hewitt Fellow, currently working at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHSDM) on the Museum Mile in New York City.  Last week, the fellowship saw me travel with the CHSDM’s education team to New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) for the 2014 Smithsonian Design Institute (SDI).  I was honored to present at SDI, and thrilled with the enthusiastic responses which highlighted the internationally innovative standard of Queensland design education.

Louisiana from Above

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

Flying above the plantations of Louisiana, now on my return to NYC seems like an ideal context to share and reflect.  After a week in the deep South, I heard groups addressed as ‘y’all’ and ladies refer to each other affectionately as ‘Sister Friend’,  but one off-hand phrase from the SDI experience has lingered with me.  The turn of phrase came about when Michelle Cheng (Professional Development Manager, CHSDM) transitioned through the first day of SDI, using an analogy to preface her instructions, ‘Now that you have digested the language…’

If you’ve been to New Orleans, you’d know that it is a food town, with its own food language.  The influences of Creole, Cajun, Spain are palatable, combined with the influences of Native America, VooDoo, Soul, Blues, Mardi Gras, Confederacy, Slavery and Civil War creates a truly unique blend.  The week involved an exploration of food and language that went beyond standard approaches to professional development and mirrored the complexities of NOLA.

The combination of design thinking, STEAM education, common core, 21st century education and the many challenges that have surfaced post-Katrina, meant that the language was not only dense, but required delicacy in conversation.

click on image to learn more about Float House

Thom Mayne's National Design Award winning Float House

The Cooper Hewitt education team often chooses NOLA for SDI or the former City of Neighborhoods, because they are invested in positive change for communities and students who are under-served.  Similarly, participants from outside of NOLA (Minneapolis, Cleveland, NYC, San Antonio) work within communities that are both proud and problematic.

The design process I witnessed last week offered educators the time and space to ‘digest the language’.  SDI evoked problems and translated these into opportunities for positive change. Collaborative action that is sustained across civic systems, organisations, partnerships and environments is needed.  My experience in New Orleans has reaffirmed my belief that Queensland needs to digest the language of sustainability, closing the gap, STEAM and 21st Century Education.  The problems we face offer tremendous opportunities.

“If you put the right amount of thought into a design, you can solve any issue.” (Cesar Rodriguez, Make It Right Foundation)

Groups workshop ideas through questioning panellists

Panel Interview Sessions

APDL is going on Tour in Europe!

If you’ve seen our twitter feed in the last couple of months or so you may have seen a post about a Design Summer School in Rotterdam called Open Set. I’ve been lucky enough to nab a spot in the program and I’ll be jetting off on Friday to report on this amazing event over the next two weeks!

Open Set is a Dutch Graphic Design Summer School runs from the 28th of July to the 9th of August in 2014 and comprises two weeks of workshops, lectures and design activities. The school is structured within a studio environment and I will be experimenting with different design approaches and sharing ideas with designers from 16 countries around the world. With the aim of promoting and enhancing the social value of design, Open Set creates a platform for debate, knowledge exchange, and experience building — something that we at the APDL are very interested in too!

Each year the event is themed, and this year’s event centres around the idea of “Social Game” and the role of the designer in processes of public engagement with cultural production and distribution. Open Set examines this theme by focusing on existing reactions from the creative industry to new social requirements — a focus informed by designers who create participatory and interactive experiences, act as journalists building visual stories, and initiate social processes and digital platforms.

I am looking forward to participating in workshops and lectures hosted by some incredible and innovative designers including: Max BruinsmaAndy AltmannJeanne van HeeswijkAnnelys de VetAndreas GysinRichard Vijgen and Felix Janssens.

While I’m in town I’ll be looking to get involved in as many design happenings as I can so if you have any tips of things must see Dutch design—get in touch! The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam will also be in town when I am there so look out for a post about that.

If you’d like to here about all of the happenings while I’m in the Netherlands check back on the blog for regular updates or follow the adventure on Twitter and Instagram where I’ll be keeping everyone up to speed using the hashtag #APDLontour

Can’t wait!

Contribute to Burst Open at Artisan

Inkahoots is extending an invitation to the design community to contribute to an open source design exhibition called Burst Open at artisan in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Quality design is often considered as expensive and elitist; the world of the modern day designer typically exists in a bubble of isolation. Burst Open is an exhibition that takes these problems and turns them into an optimistic opportunity: How might we burst the design bubble and leverage the elite, through open source design? Burst Open investigates the state of play for open source design and the possibilities it offers as a way to respond to social and environmental issues, and improve society as a whole.

Inkahoots is asking for your help to create the exhibition’s visual identity with a submission in two parts.

1) send a typographic ‘O’. It can be an O you’ve designed or found, drawn, painted, photographed (e.g., from signage etc), or used digitally. It can be plain and basic or ornate and detailed, colour or monochrome, 2D or 3D etc.

2) send a short statement (one or two sentences) explaining your perspective on why open source (design) is important. Please also include your name (can be a pseudonym), and your city or town.

The contributed ‘O’s will combine to make a single mark, and within an interactive context, reveal the contributor’s information with their statement about open source.

Burst Open is running from October 3 to December 20 at artisan. Contributions will be accepted throughout the show so that the identity will build and evolve dynamically.

The first contributions are needed now so the identity can begin to grow. If you’ve got something at hand don’t hesitate!

Please email your submission (max 5 MB, jpg or eps) to Jason Grant: jason@inkahoots.com.au with “Burst Open” in subject header.

No Such Thing as a Dumb Question

Terry Deen, a local teacher at Kelvin Grove State College in Queensland, is the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Fellow. Thanks to the partnership between the Queensland Government and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum in New York, Terry will be working at NYC’s iconic Museum Mile until early October. He is in New York experiencing and delivering quality design education via his tenure. Terry is sharing his experiences with us and has written his second piece on the APDL blog.  You can also follow Terry’s journey via Twitter or Instagram.

At the heart of an office, there is often one person behind the scenes who makes success possible.  In the art department at Kelvin Grove State College the lovely Pam Eacott is that person; over here, Liz Matos makes it all happen.   While these ladies may not be the bosses, if you’re smart, you know that they make your job doable. Both Pam and Liz know that there is no such thing as a dumb question.  Liz interjected this exact line this past week and it’s a staple in Pam’s bank of classic one liners.

Design education is all about asking questions – all types of questions.  When I was in Year 8 Science, I was told that science differs from other subjects because it asks ‘How?’ instead of ‘What?’.  IDEO’s Design Thinking for Educators places ‘How Might We…’ Questions at the heart of the design education process.  In teaching we have made a science out of the 5W’s and QAR.  As an art teacher, my living is made in asking students to ask their own questions through research, ideation, experimentation, development, resolution and reflection.


Entry to the Garden at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Its exciting to be around the array of innovative people Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as they prepare for opening a newly renovated museum, and build upon the updated website and remodelled brand identity.  What makes it exciting is the nature of the questions being asked.  Each person I speak with is tuned in, working toward a shared vision through questioning:

How might we curate the design process?

How might our visitors interact in a symbolic, fuctional and intuitive way?

How might we not only engage more people, but what will bring them back?

What should we name program X and what message does this send?

Working Documents for the Smithsonian Design Institute

Preparations for SDI in New Orleans

Next week I will be asking questions of teachers as part of the Smithsonian Design Institute team in New Orleans.  I have spent the last week listening to, asking and responding to questions.  After three months of this intensive questioning, I’m keen to get stuck into asking questions with the teachers and the “bosses” of Queensland so that our students can stumble across new answers.

Feel free to ask me some questions.  I’m happy to investigate your interests where possible while I’m over here.  ’The only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked?’ (Liz Matos, 2014).




We are so pleased to be involved with this year’s Design Institute of Australia DIAlogues series. The overarching topic for the series is “Technology and Design – The perfect marriage?”, with each of the three events discussing a different question that sits within this realm.

The second event in the series will be held on Tuesday 5 August 2014, with panelists addressing the question: For richer or for poorer? – Do we need a post-nuptial agreement? In this event, the economics and technology will be under the microscope with the effect of technology on the design process, bottom line and overall design industry up for debate.

In the lead up to the day, here is a quick introduction to the moderators and panelists that will be discussing these challenging issues:



Lecturer – QUT Faculty of Creative Industries – School of Design 
Design Director – Jamm Studio 
Senior Design Consultant – Destravis Group

Michael Molloy is an interior designer with professional and academic experience in North America, UK, South East Asia and Australia and has spread his ideas across many industry sectors. He is proficient in all aspects of projects, which makes him an excellent strategic player in project conceptualization, delivery and peer review. His academic and professional talent is highly regarded and makes him a frequent member of award panels.

He is a lecturer in Interior Design at Queensland University of Technology, a Senior Design Consultant with The Destravis Group and runs his own small design practice on the Sunshine Coast – Jamm Studio.




Director, Russell & George

Byron George is a registered architect and co director of Russell & George with partner Ryan Russell. Since it’s inception in 2010, the practice has earned many national and international design awards and delivered projects on four continents ranging in scale from a door handle to a housing estate. One of the central tenets of the practice is the broad spectrum exploration of ideas and the rejection of design compartmentalisation. Both directors believe in looking outside one’s own realm of experience in solving design problems. Byron is also a prolific writer, writing on urbanism, design and the practice of design in regular columns for The Melbourne Review and DQ.


Associate Professor Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Registered Architect.

Jane Burry is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture and Design in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University where she directs the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), a transdisciplinary research and postgraduate lab and coordinates the Master of Design Innovation and Technology. She has practiced, taught and researched internationally including involvement as a project architect in the technical office at Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church in Barcelona. Her research focuses on mathematics in contemporary design. Jane is lead author of The New Mathematics of Architecture, Thames and Hudson, 2010. Within SIAL she is also currently engaged in research into the relationship between architecture and advanced manufacturing, and the integration of analysis feedback in early design and its intersection with interactive physical and digital architecture work. Related to this work she published the edited book Designing the Dynamic, Melbourne Books in 2013. She has over sixty publications.



Co-Founder, XYZ Workshop

Elena and Kae Woei started up XYZ Workshop in May 2013. Their humble design beginnings in 3D printing saw various experimentations since they assembled their first Ultimaker 3D printer from a kit-of-parts. Whilst both are practising architects in Melbourne during the day, they work on their designs in the night after their 19 month old son, Cooper goes to bed. Raising Cooper has imbued their designs with a sense of humour and playfulness.

Throughout the life of XYZ Workshop, Elena and Kae Woei has entered in numerous 3D printing design competitions. Some of their other notable designs is a chocolate launching toy robot, micro planter chess set and an award winning fashion piece in an international 3D printing competition in Singapore. XYZ Workshop are also looking into creating a teaching program aimed at teaching young kids to ‘make + learn’ with the help of 3D printing.

In February this year, XYZ Workshop’s In Bloom dress graced the New York fashion runway at the 3D Print Show alongside acclaimed designers such as Joshua Harker and Nervous System.

This dress will soon be released as an open source file on Youmagine as part of a larger fashion collection designed by XYZ Workshop for Ultimaker.



Lecturer and Convenor, Product Design
Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

Beck convenes the Product Design major at Queensland College of Art and researches early stage design, including how designers collaborate and respond to complex problems. Previously, Beck was a research fellow and lecturer of sustainability, design methods, design-led innovation and social change, QUT; and DIA State Councillor, 3D Design Portfolio. Recently, she co-authored the Arts Queensland ‘Knowledge Economy Market Development Mapping Study’ and co-founded LiveSpace, a studio for socially and environmentally responsible design. She is co-organising ‘Cloud Workshop’ exploring wearable technology to enrich citizen connections across the Asia-Pacific, and ‘E-waste Autopsy’ a digital interactive installation focusing on design, technology, distribution, repair and material culture at Queensland Museum.


Artist and Designer

Christina Waterson maintains a vibrant creative practice making artworks that are dynamic; designing products, exhibitions and events that are unique; and sharing knowledge through lecturing, blogging and workshops. She graduated from design and architecture at the UQ, having also studied visual arts at the QUT. Christina established her own studio in 2007 to explore the junction between art, design and architecture after working with UAP, The Queensland Art Gallery and Cox Rayner Architects. Christina’s recent collaborations include with TAIT to produce Stellar, a series of sculptural surfaces launched at 2014 DesignEX; and with fashion designer Gail Sorronda, to realize a range of accessories for Gail’s 2014 MBFWA runway show.



Interested? Grab your ticket and get along:

5.30pm for 6.00pm start, event concludes 8.30pm – Tuesday, 5 August 2014
The Edge – State Library of Qld, Stanley Street, South Brisbane
Linda Ruger
0422 945 479

World Domination through Design Education

Entry to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum offices

9 East 90th Street

Hello Queensland, thanks to the partnership between the Queensland Government and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum in New York, my office between now and early October is situated on NYC’s iconic Museum Mile.  My role here is multi-faceted and opportunistic by nature.  First and foremost, I am proud to be representing Queensland teachers. More specifically, I am here to seek out all opportunities to advocate for Queensland design and design education and to select programs that I can engage with in view of sharing my learning with Queensland teachers and students.

Caroline Payson, Director of Education at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum wasn’t entirely serious when she shared with me her team’s view toward conquering the world, but the work they are doing in bringing design education to the nation embodies the potential of design thinking to be a catalyst for positive change.

The team is two weeks off facilitating the Smithsonian Design Institute in New Orleans (a week long professional development workshop for teachers and teaching artists).  SDI is immense in its scope, a year in the making, with participants from New York, New Orleans, San Antonio, Minneapolis and the State of Ohio.

Across our two national education systems, design is never far off the pulse of change.  The importance of design cannot be understated in the shift from STEM to STEAM, the evolution of both the Common Core Movement and ACARA, and the changing face of construction in the classroom.  Bringing together teachers from across the states to ‘understand the design process by experiencing the design process’ is akin to the work of APDL’s Design Minds and articulates further what best practice in design education looks like.

One that no one could bring themselves to erase.

Residual whiteboard messages @cooperhewitt

21st Century skills of collaboration, creativity, communication and empathy are of great importance for today’s educators and their students.  Investing a year of planning into one week of professional development for teachers and administrators across curriculum areas is what I consider taking design thinking seriously.  Reaching out to America’s underserved youth through training teachers to teach teachers the design process is a program that I am excited to get behind.

My experience over here is best shared with you. If you are design-minded, if you teach any subject creatively or if you are simply curious about the Fellowship and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, please follow along:

  • Twitter:         @tdeen8
  • Instagram:   terrydeenyc
Or feel free to contact me via email:
Legacy is Felt

The late Bill Moggridge, Founder of IDEO and former Director of CHNDM

Get to know your DIAlogues 2014 Event 1 Panelists

Here at the APDL, we are pretty excited to be involved with the DIA’s upcoming DIAlogues series. The overarching topic for the series is “Technology and Design – The perfect marriage?”, with each of the three events tackling a different question that fits within this theme.

The first event in the series kicks off on Tuesday 1 July 2014, with panelists addressing the question: For better or for worse? – It’s time to sketch up or get out! In this event, the design process will be under the microscope with the effect of Screen vs Paper being up for debate.

In the lead up to the day, here is a quick introduction to the moderators and panelists that will be tackling this challenging topic:


Michael Molloy | F.D.I.A. B.A. (Hons) Interior Design, M.Built Environment (Urban Design)

Lecturer – QUT Faculty of Creative Industries – School of Design
Design Director – Jamm Studio
Senior Design Consultant – Destravis Group

Michael Molloy is an interior designer with professional and academic experience in North America, UK, South East Asia and Australia and has spread his ideas across many industry sectors. He is proficient in all aspects of projects, which makes him an excellent strategic player in project conceptualization, delivery and peer review. His academic and professional talent is highly regarded and makes him a frequent member of award panels.

He is a lecturer in Interior Design at Queensland University of Technology, a Senior Design Consultant with The Destravis Group and runs his own small design practice on the Sunshine Coast – Jamm Studio.




Emily Devers

Multidisciplinary Fine Artist and Traditional Sign Painter, Frank & Mimi

Emily is a collaborative interdisciplinary visual artist who hunts out and ignites opportunities that enrich both her practice and her relationships with other human beings.

As well as establishing herself as an independent visual artist, curator, arts mentor and workshop facilitator, she is also co-owner and co-creative director of Brisbane’s only wholeheartedly traditional Sign Writing and brand identity artisans – Frank & Mimi.

Frank + Mimi celebrates the beauty that’s reflected in both the errors and triumphs of the human hand. They are driven to support local businesses, maintain environmental consciousness in their methods and expose their clients and community to the true value of a finely handcrafted original artwork. Their services include anything that helps to shape the visual identity of a business, from brand identity to sign painting and murals.

Frank + Mimi parallels a time in history when traditional sign writing and illustration existed harmoniously, artisans were professionals and local businesses visually identified themselves with soul.



Jack Dodgson

Graduate Architect, Cox Rayner Architects

Jack graduated his Masters of Architecture in 2011 at the University of Queensland with the QIA Medallion and the Cox Rayner Peter Hale Prize for Architecture. He has worked at PRP Architects in London and currently works at Cox Rayner Architects in Brisbane.

Jack’s dual interest in pen and paper design alongside computational design methods has involved him in a number of non-architectural personal and collaborative projects such as the prototyping of an 1800LED interactive LED façade and the development of an interactive urban environment to study Brisbane’s growth through hacked realestate data.

His subsequent work at Cox Rayner Architects has spanned the concept design of several competitions and masterplans to the detailed development of complex façades and structure on two major public Jobs. The National Maritime Museum of China was designed through a free form hand drawn design process necessitating a parallel parametric design process to manage and develop the geometry, including the standardisation, optimisation and documentation of 50000 facade panels.



Lexie Smiles

President of the Colour Society of Australia, Qld Branch/ Sessional Academic Success Advisor to the School of Design, QUT
President of the Colour Society of Australia, Qld Branch/ Sessional Academic Success Advisor to the School of Design, QUT

With an Art Teachers’ Diploma from the QLD College of Art and a special interest in architecture, Lexie has been teaching in allied fields for 50 years at various tertiary institutions. From her initial training, when everything was done by hand and computers were barely invented, she has seen a huge technological shift, experiencing both the worlds of hand done and computer generated design.

The scope of subjects Lexie has taught ranges from Sustainability to Colour Theory, Perspective, Rendering in Multi Media, Creativity and many others.

Lexie was also a dancer with the Australian Ballet, so the awareness of space, design, colour and pattern has always been part of her life.


Nathan Pollock

Director, Katapult Design

Nathan Pollock is Director of Byron Bay based product design and development consultancy, Katapult Design. He leads a team of talented, passionate designers and engineers committed to sustainable design excellence.

With over 20 years experience developing products in a huge range of categories for global leaders, local icons and even underground start-ups, Nathan has been integral to projects that have been awarded with multiple Australian and International design awards, creating industry hype and increasing revenue for clients at home and abroad.

During that time he has worked for some of Australia’s leading manufacturers and design consultancies with responsibilities as diverse as design leadership & direction, project & client management, business development, human resources and even strategic planning.

Now running his own consultancy, Nathan’s prime motivation is to design human centred solutions that evoke emotion. A desire to touch, an intuitive operation, the delight of surprise. They should also make money! He thrives on working closely with clients to develop simple, elegant designs that make a difference, whilst minimising the adverse effects on the environment.

Oh, and he still loves to roll his sleeves up and get into the workshop to fabricate a mockup to validate a new design idea.



Hannah Cutts

Creative, Cutts Creative

Coming from England to study architecture in 1987, Hannah then went on to start a t-shirt design company before being sensible and finishing a BA in visual arts: Illustration.

After illustrating kids books for Macmillan, working in bars and travelling, Hannah finally settled down to start the award winning design studio, Cutts Creative, in 1995. This boutique agency was small but played alongside the big agencies scoring clients like Fosters, Qld Government, national paper companies, national Music festivals and St Vinnies.

In 2011, Hannah Cutts and family did the ‘sea change’… moving from Brisbane City to Fingal Head in Northern NSW.

This and the GFC affected business for Cutts and thus the company downsized to project work; Bars, restaurants and lots of branding.

Hannah then began lecturing Design communication at Think Education, Billy Blue School of Design where she last year won the ‘Most Innovative Lecturer Award.’

Hannah’s love of travel and collaboration was further cemented with the creation of an ongoing art project, now in its second year… LOOK WHAT I FOUND 2013 and LOOK WHAT I FOUND: MANILA. This has been a great success and this innovative approach to commercial art has been applauded and supported… with the major piece from the current show now part of the ARTBANK collection.



Interested? Grab your ticket and get along:

5.30pm for 6.00pm start, event concludes 8.30pm – Tuesday, 1 July 2014
The Edge – State Library of Qld, Stanley Street, South Brisbane
Linda Ruger
0422 945 479

Are you the next APDL Online Content Coordinator?

The Asia Pacific Design Library is looking for a new Online Content Coordinator to create, curate and edit content for the design community.

All applications for this position must be made online via SmartjobsIf you are interested in applying for this position please see the full position listing here.

Applications close Monday 26 May 2014.

As the APDL’s Online Content Coordinator you will support the APDL Manager and APDL Design Partnerships Coordinator, curating and creating regular, high-quality content for the APDL’s various online channels.

Your goal will be to provide a complimentary online experience of the APDL’s programs and events for users within the Asia Pacific unable to participate onsite, while stimulating debate, discussion and new knowledge around critical design issues.

Your work will provide the online face for the Asia Pacific Design Library and your positive visitor experience with the design community will contribute to the ongoing growth success of the APDL model.

You will have experience in online content curation as well as a body of online, published work. You will be confident using the Adobe Creative Suite as well as WordPress and Microsoft Office.

Your passion for critical design discussion (Design Online) will be equally matched by your enthusiasm for the promotion of design education (Design Minds).

You will have exceptional written, visual and inter-personal communication skills, be well-connected in the design community and have the ability to develop future relationships in support of the objectives of the APDL.

To be considered for this role, please provide the following information to the selection panel for assessment of your suitability:

    • Your current résumé, including two (2) referees from the last two years who have a
      thorough knowledge of your work performance and conduct. Please ensure that one of
      the referees is your current or immediate past supervisor.
    • A 1 page (maximum) visual summary (text and / or image) outlining your suitability for
      this position which addresses numbers 1, 2 and 3 of the assessment criteria outlined
      under ‘Are you the right person for the job?’

Applicants must download the role description for further information about this position; and carefully follow instructions for submitting an application.

Your application to this role will remain current for 12 months and may be considered for recurring vacancies which may be at an alternative location or alternative employment basis (full time or part time).

For more information visit Smartjobs.


The 2014 UQ Architecture lecture series is here! This Tuesday 13 May will feature Robert Beson from AR-MA.

To get your warmed up for Tuesday night, we asked Robert a few questions about what you can expect to hear from his lecture and what inspires his work…


What does a typical day look like for you?
Generally, everything we do is related to the design and delivery of complex architectural projects. Although each project is radically different, they each share a few things in common: short time-frames, extreme design resolution, and most importantly, the design of logistical, fabrication, and installation processes.

A typical day would start with site meetings from 7am – 9am followed by about three to four hours of email, phone correspondence and office meetings. I try to get most of my communication done in the morning in order to free up my afternoon for design work. The afternoon would usually consist of sketching design and fabrication details in my notebook and then testing them through a range of 3D modeling programs, usually Maya and Rhino. We spend a lot of time in house writing algorithms and scripts to automate most of our modeling and documentation.


What can attendees to your UQ Architecture lecture expect to hear?
You can expect to hear about our general approach to the design and fabrication of complex projects. In particular, I would elaborate this apporach and workflow through our recent pavilion project for SCAF (Sherman Comtemporary Art Foundation).

Where do you go to get design inspiration?
Everywhere high and low; art, architecture, and literature: In particular, I will flick through thousands of images on tumblr blogs and ffffound. I have a few favourites that mostly concern themselves with the representation of contemporary culture that ranges from fashion to war.

What are your top 5 favourite design books?
The five books that have greatly influenced my opinion on design have been:

- Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Reiser + Umemoto

- Phylogenesis, foas’ ark by FOA

- Far From Equilibrium by Sanford Kwinter

- Kissing Architecture by Sylvia Lavin

- The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries by Robin Evans


If you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
A film-maker. 

What has been your greatest achievement?
Starting a firm and making wages.
Outside of Design, what inspires your work?
Cinema and literature: recently some novels by China Mieville, Perdido Street Station and The City and the City. 

Who is your double doppelgänger?
Daniel Craig and Beck.