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Designing 2015

Welcome to a new year in design.  We are looking forward to working with all of our member organisations, partners and other industry, government and academic stakeholders to show how design makes a massive impact in the lives of all Australians.

This year will see a big push from the ADA towards a national vision for design in Australia, something that we have been lobbying consistently for, and is now much needed, if we are to captialise on our design strengths as a nation.

Please share our newsletter, follow us on social media and contact us to talk about how you can support the Australian Design Alliance in 2015.

Celebration Creative – AILA’s 50th Anniversary

In 2016 the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. AILA is seeking expressions of interest from individuals, practices, schools of landscape architecture, or collaborative teams to take on the role of Celebration Creative to curate the year of activities, adding an overall thematic continuity to the anniversary.

The expression of interest deadline is 9am AEDT Monday 2 February 2015.

Image: National Arboretum Canberra, Taylor Cullity Lethlean & Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (photo: John Gollings)


UTS Design Innovation Research Centre

We are delighted to welcome UTS Design Innovation Research Centre as an education member.  


Major International Craft and Design Event

The National Craft Initiative (NCI) is very pleased to announce that in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), it will present a significant 2-day international conference on the 17th and 18th September 2015 and a month of associated exhibitions and events. The Ian Potter Centre, NGV will be the primary venue for the event.


Object: Australia Design Centre celebrates first 50 years

Object: Australian Design Centre is set to celebrate the milestone 50th anniversary this year with a host of events, exhibitions, and offerings in their brand new venue from May.

Announced in December last year, Object has appointed Those Architects as the creative force to lead the design of their new William Street Storefront in Darlinghurst. The new location is supported by an accommodation grant from the City of Sydney.

Image: Nathan Dyer, courtesy Hub Australia


Good Design Awards open for entries on 3 February

The 2015 Good Design Awards officially opens for entry on 3 February and is calling for entries in seven major categories: Product Design, Service Design, Digital Design, Communication Design, Architectural Design, Social Innovation (NEW) and Design Leadership (NEW).The Good Design Awards is passionate about unearthing what is good and what is not. We evaluate, test and argue the merits of good design.


Call for Expressions of Interest - Melbourne International Design Week

Melbourne International Design Week is a celebration of design excellence. It has been created to highlight the best of design in the State of Victoria and internationally in order to nurture a strong design culture. Events give everyone the opportunity to be inspired by the benefits of outstanding design for our lives and our economy.


Gallery owner donates $10m to architecture school for displaced design

Judith Neilson Zimbabwean-born art collector, gallery owner and philanthropist has joined the dots and has donated $10 million to the University of NSW’s architecture school. Ms Neilson’s gift will fund a chair focusing on research into the design of affordable and sustainable housing for the world’s vast — and growing — populations of people displaced by war, natural disasters, economic and environmental factors.


Expressions of Interest: Legacy Memorial for ANZAC Square Brisbane

A call for expression of interests from artists is being sought for creation of a dedicated memorial in Anzac Square Brisbane, Queensland. The memorial will be a legacy memorial to commemorate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women.


Department of Industry and Science IP Toolkit – call for comments

The IP Toolkit has been developed to offer guidance and provide the tools necessary to simplify and improve discussions around Intellectual Property (IP) in research collaborations.



UK Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation is the new independent voice of the UK’s arts, cultural and creative industries.  Launched in November 2014, the CIF is independent of government, represents all sectors, bridges public and private and spans the whole of the UK. 

Perhaps we need to create something similar here in Australia to help our creative sector to thrive into the future.


Australian Design Alliance: promoting the use of design to boost Australia's productivity through innovation.

Australian Craft and Design Centres
Australian Graphic Design Association
Australian Institute of Architects
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Australian Network for Art and Technology
Australian Production Design Guild
Building Designers Australia
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia
Design Institute of Australia
Engineers Australia
Good Design Australia
National Association for the Visual Arts
Planning Institute of Australia

Object: Australian Design Centre

JMC Academy
UNSW: Art and Design
UTS: Design Innovation Research Centre
Virtu Design Institute 

Communication Design Partner: Brave Creative
Digital Partner: Canvas Group
Network Collaborator: Pozible