Design Minds: PD Day with Smithsonian Fellow


2015 Smithsonian Fellow Dr. Kathy Mackey will be leading our next Design Minds professional development workshop on Friday 11 November. The workshop will focus on Innovation Thinking using Library Collections and is ideal for all educators including teacher librarians and pre-service teachers looking for that extra edge in the classroom. The intimate workshop will take teachers through … Read more

Design Spark Grant

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Senior Airman Jeremiah Santos uses a die grinder to sand and shape equipment here April 15. Airman Santos is a metals technology journeyman from the 36th Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Val Gempis)

Queensland schools can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to assist them to deliver cutting-edge design thinking programs within their school community. State Library of Queensland’s Design Minds program has six Design Spark grants available for primary and high schools based in Queensland. SLQ’s Director Engagement and Partnerships Jane Cowell said the Design Spark grants will help drive … Read more

QUT’s Creative Industries redevelopment opens

qut creative industries precinct stage 2

QUT’s Creative Industries precinct is bigger and better than ever after the second phase of its $88-million expansion opened in Kelvin Grove last week. The precinct’s new focal point is a 12,000-square-metre six-storey building housing QUT’s dance, drama, music, visual arts, creative writing, animation and creative research programs. The new building was designed by Brisbane-based Richard … Read more

SLQ and Brisbane Open House 2016

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles; BOH Ambassador Darren Lockyer. BOH Event Manager Ann Rainbow and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

The second weekend in October is fast becoming a favourite time of year for Brisbane architecture and history buffs. Brisbane Open House, now in its seventh year, officially launched the 2016 program at the impressive 480 Queen Street, the newest high-rise development in Brisbane designed by BVN Donovan Hill. Official guests included Queensland Governor Paul de … Read more

Meet our Design Minds Regional Ambassadors


What do you get when you mix 13 enthusiastic educators from across Queensland with design thinking skills? Design Minds Regional Ambassadors! We are delighted to announce the following teachers and educators who have been selected to participate in our Design Minds Regional Ambassadors program: Ann Weaver, Brett Wass, Sarah Chapman, Graeme Parker, Herman Rijken, Justin Hill, … Read more

2016 Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Conference


Attention designers and design students! For those interested in Asia Pacific design, Adelaide is the place to be this September. The Design Institute of Australia is hosting the 2016 Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance (APSDA) conference and the enviable line-up of presenters is a who’s who of Asia Pacific and world design. The speaker program will include renowned and nationally … Read more

Evoke: the art of architecture


  Townsville will play host to Evoke – a regional architecture conference from 8 September until 11 September with renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma as one of the key-note speakers. The four-day conference, held by the Australian Institute of Architects, aims to explore the position of architecture as art – architecture that evokes emotion and creates engaging and … Read more

Bowen State High School visit


Year 12 students from Bowen State High School paid a flying visit to Brisbane last semester as part of a four day experience to gain a greater understanding of graphical design. APDL was one of the many destinations of their design-themed excursion. At APDL the students interacted with our APDL Connect installation and browsed our … Read more