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.

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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 the end of 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 first 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.

re:NEW + re:EDUCATE + re:ASSURE

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).

 

 

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GET TO KNOW YOUR DIALOGUES 2014 EVENT 2 PANELISTS

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:

MODERATOR

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.

www.qut.edu.au
www.jammstudio.com.au
www.destravis.com

PANELISTS

BYRON GEORGE

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.

JANE BURRY 

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.

www.sial.rmit.edu.au

ELENA LOW

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.

www.xyzworkshop.com

BECK DAVIS 

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.

CHRISTINA WATERSON

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.

tracepattern.wordpress.com

 

Interested? Grab your ticket and get along:

Date:
5.30pm for 6.00pm start, event concludes 8.30pm – Tuesday, 5 August 2014
 
Venue:
The Edge – State Library of Qld, Stanley Street, South Brisbane
 
Bookings:
www.trybooking.com/FDTV
  
Contact:
Linda Ruger
0422 945 479
lindaruger@hotmail.com
 
Website:
www.design.org.au/dialogues
 
 

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:

Moderator


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.

www.qut.edu.au
www.jammstudio.com.au
www.destravis.com

 

Panelists

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.

www.frankandmimi.com

 

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.

www.jackdodgson.com

 

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.

www.katapultdesign.com.au

 

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.

www.cuttscreative.com.au

 

Interested? Grab your ticket and get along:

Date:
5.30pm for 6.00pm start, event concludes 8.30pm – Tuesday, 1 July 2014
 
Venue:
The Edge – State Library of Qld, Stanley Street, South Brisbane
 
Bookings:
www.trybooking.com/FDTV
  
Contact:
Linda Ruger
0422 945 479
lindaruger@hotmail.com
 
Website:
www.design.org.au/dialogues

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.

Interested?
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.

2014 UQ ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES–Robert Beson

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.

Are you the next APDL Manager?

The Asia Pacific Design Library is looking for a new manager to take this fantastic initiative to the next level and define the next chapter in its growth.

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 Thursday 15 May 2014.

As the Manager of the Asia Pacific Design Library you will be responsible for leading the progressive development and operations of the Asia Pacific Design Library. This will involve the coordination of a range of activities including strategic planning and continuing to implement and develop the various components of the initiative.

Key activities of the Asia Pacific Design Library that you will lead include:

  • Exploration and implementation of new models of revenue-generation that support the long-term sustainability and viability of the Asia Pacific Design Library model
  • Development of contemporary collections emphasising design as an SLQ collection strength and collection acquisition target.
  • Expansion of an existing, growing online community and aggregator of contemporary design knowledge.
  • Coordination of events, exhibitions, research and learning activities and communications that promote collection development and community participation in design thinking, dialogue and innovation.

Your role will entail building relationships with internal and external stakeholders and designers to share knowledge and facilitate development of the various components of the Asia Pacific Design Library (Design Lounge, Design Online, Design Minds, Design Pulse and Design Collection).

Interested?

Recruitment for this position will be undertaken in two stages:

Stage 1: open call for expressions of interest

Stage 2: shortlisted invited applications

Stage 1: Please provide your expression of interest in the form of a one A4 page maximum statement and / or visual summary containing the following:

  • Your contact details including your full name, postal address, email address and contact phone number
  • In response to Criteria 4 (Display personal drive and integrity) under “Are you the right person for the job?” provide one brief example of an experience where you have “engaged with risk and shown personal courage” and how this experience would bring value to this role.
  • In response to Criteria 5 (Communicate with influence) under “Are you the right person for the job?” provide one brief example of an experience where you have publicly communicated a “persuasive argument”, “openly, credibly and thoughtfully” and how this experience would bring value to this role. You may include one online link to a video if available.
  • Provide one brief example of your experience in managing budgets, exploring revenue generation or entrepreneurship and how this experience would bring value to this role. You may include one online link to a past or current project if available.

Please note: Expressions of interest that do not conform to these requirements will not be considered for Stage 2.

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).

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My reflections as Manager of the APDL

After almost three years of having the privilege of managing the Asia Pacific Design Library, I will soon be departing!

The Asia Pacific Design Library is looking for a new manager to take this fantastic initiative to the next level and define the next chapter in its growth.

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 Thursday 15 May 2014.

With the great experiences of the last two and a bit years, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on my time as the APDL manager; where we’ve come and where the Asia Pacific Design Library might head into the future.

The APDL was officially launched in October 2010 to coincide with the inaugural Asia Pacific Design Triennial. I have to pay tribute to Tory Jones, former State Librarian Lea Giles-Peters, Liz Watson and Jennifer Thomas (the original APDL team) as well as all of the stakeholders who were behind the vision and planning that made the APDL a possibility.

When I arrived in September 2011, I inherited the seeds of something magnificent; a unique model for how a library might operate into the future and the platform for strengthening Queensland’s design community to become leaders in a sustainable future within the Asia Pacific region. In my job application, I shared my vision for the APDL as a “connection point”, a space for “experience rather than purely information.” At the time I was also given a great management book by Michael Watkins called ‘The First 90 Days’ and set about creating some short term goals to understand, connect and engage with the design community; our community.

At that point the APDL was a team of just two; Liz Watson and myself. By necessity, Liz and I figured out pretty quickly how to work well together and also how to engage the support of others to create value for the design community.

It might sound basic, but the first thing we did when I started was to create social media channels for the APDL (Facebook and Twitter) and a regular monthly e-newsletter. Then, in January 2012 we commenced a planning process to create the APDL website Design Online and decided that rather than developing this in isolation ourselves, the brief and concept for this website should be lead by the people it was being created for; our community! And on a Tuesday night in January the design community turned up in force to create the brief for their website Design Online!

This was the first of many great moments that I’ve been lucky to share with the Queensland design community during my time as the APDL Manager. A few other highlights that come to mind:

  • The launch of Design Minds and Design Online against all odds at the 2012 Queensland Smart Design Awards
  • Hosting Bruce Mau as part of the Designing for Happiness APDL lecture series in late 2011
  • Traveling to Helsinki Design Week, London Design Festival and World Architecture Festival in Singapore in 2012
  • Attending the 2012 & 2013 Better By Design CEO Summits in Auckland
  • Welcoming Chenoa Pettrup and Eden Platell to the APDL team
  • Presenting Design Minds at the DRS Cumulus Conference in Oslo in May 2013
  • Seeing the growth of Design Minds and facilitating some really memorable professional development workshops for teachers
  • Working with Big Sound for Music + Design in September 2013 (the best week of “work” ever!)
  • Watching our online communities grow and develop
  • Brooks Atwood!
  • Meeting Ray Martin!

There are so many other great achievements, memories and experiences, but what I’m most grateful for are the people that I’ve connected with during this time. Not only have I been able to meet and work with hundreds of interesting, creative and intelligent people from Queensland and around the world I’ve also developed deep friendships with many of you.

In the second half of 2013, the APDL team spent some time planning our vision for the future. Our vision is to playfully empower a society of proactive and collaborative citizens toward an optimistic future.

We believe that the Queensland design community is strong. We know from international experience that we are global leaders and we have the unique advantage of being small enough to truly collaborate beyond our silos and big enough to have real impact. We see the future of the APDL, particularly in the next few years, moving toward a broader regional Queensland reach and strengthening exchanges with our international, and particularly Asia Pacific partners. We believe that the APDL as an enterprise model must move toward self-sustainability; owned, operated and lead by the Queensland design community. We are looking for the next Manager to embody these values but also bring their own unique perspective and direction to the job.

I want to thank everybody that I’ve had the privilege of working with during my time here. My last day will be on Thursday 19 June and we are hoping the new Manager will commence on Monday 23 June. While there will be an inevitable transition period, we assure all that the APDL will continue to maintain its existing commitments and to grow in new directions that best serve the Queensland design community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch prior to the 19 June if you have any questions.

2014 UQ ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES–Kate Luckraft

The 2014 UQ Architecture lecture series is here! This Tuesday 6 May will feature Kate Luckraft from ASPECT Studios.

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

What does a typical day look like for you?

Up at 5.45, pack school lunches, have breakfast, drop kids at school. 8.45 arrive at work. Meetings with clients/design teams/site visits and discussions with ASPECT staff til 5pm. Catch up on emails from 5 – 6. Time to think about projects, do some sketches/mark up drawings 6 – 7.30. Home for dinner and chats with the family. Catch up on news/read/watch a movie/wash dishes. 10.30pm Bed.

What can attendees to your UQ Architecture lecture expect to hear?

Great public places occur when spatial arrangement, program, microclimate, aesthetics and human behaviour combine to create spaces that feel inviting, stimulating, safe and attractive.

This does not usually occur by chance, but through careful consideration of these elements and how they are interrelated.

In this presentation I will outline how ASPECT Studios designs public spaces with these considerations in mind and demonstrate a number of ways in which this approach to design has been applied to create great public places in Sydney.

Some of the projects transformed previously under-utilised public spaces (ie small laneways) through public domain upgrades that included paving, lighting, artworks and furniture. Other projects involve the creation of a new type of space within an existing precinct of the city (ie the Alumni Green at UTS and Darling Quarter in Darling Harbour). The third type of project in the presentation is the re-thinking of an existing public place (MLC Centre plaza) to assist in regenerating a bigger precinct (Martin Place). All of these projects are located within or on the fringe of the CBD of Sydney and have the potential to become destinations in their own right, despite their very different spatial configurations and scales.

 

Where do you go to get design inspiration?

The work of Beth Gali; Wolfgang Oehme,  Piet Oudulf, Dan Pearson and Carme Pinos; the writing of  Richard Louv, William H Whyte and Jan Ghel and WLA/Landezine/Topos journals.
What are your top 5 favourite design books?

1998, Carme Pinos: some projects since 1991Actar,  Barcelona

Gehl, Jan, 2011, Life Between Buildings, Using Public Space, Island Press, London

Wyte William H, 1980, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Edwards Brothers, Michigan

Oehme Van Sweden Rademacher, 1998, Bold Romantic Gardens, Florilegium, Australia

Joris, Yvonne, 1998, Beth Gali 1966 – 1998, Museum Het Kruithuis, Netherlands.

 

If you weren’t a designer, what would you do?

Be a stone mason

 

What has been your greatest achievement?

Raising two inquisitive children and working on Darling Quarter (simultaneously!)

 

Outside of Design, what inspires your work?

watching how people use public spaces; Sydney’s incredible natural landscapes.

Who is your double doppelgänger?

Big Bird