Sydney’s annual Vivid Festival, celebrating light, music and ideas, is never short on treats and pleasures for the design industry. We name our top 10 picks for the 2015 festival for designers and design thinkers.
May 8th, 2015
1- The Good Design Forum: Design as Strategy is a symposium of design-led CEOs and innovators, ready to reveal strategies on revolutionising traditional ideas of business by design. Presented by Good Design Australia. May 28
2-The Good Design Festival celebrates great design and its impacts its impact in shaping a better Australia. Founded on the idea that design-led innovation creates better products and lives, the festival is a long-term initiative aimed at positioning Australia as a leading design and creative destination for design. May 28-29
3-The 2015 Good Design Awards Gala Night is a celebration of the excellence in innovation and cutting edge design from both Australia and around the globe. The event is Australia’s longest standing design awards program, dating all the way back to 1958. May 29
4-How do we make cities work better for us? How should we make clearer demands for better-designed spaces with cultural value? And what strategies should be put in place for more sustainable futures? These questions and more will be discussed at a Vivid forum, Making Demands: How Do We Adjust Our Cities To Work For Us? The three-hour session incorporates a moderated panel and practical workshop sessions. May 26
5-The 2015 AUS Maker Design Awards celebrates everyone involved in the industry of making, ranging from those with artisan pursuits, to those in the ever-growing tech maker movement. With a focus on applied design the event is a celebration on the global design community. May 26
6-In 2015, why not join Object: Australian Design Centre as they launch an all-new space for Sydney’s design culture in Sydney. Part housewarming party and part Designers Gone Wild, the event is a live battle of rapid conversations. Some of Australia’s best design minds challenge one another’s creativity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. Only one designer will reign supreme on the night. Hecklers welcome! May 25
7-Oxfam is presenting the 2015 Make Trouble. Design for Change The panel will discuss some of the biggest creative challenges out there. Four trouble makers from creative agencies will present their visions for how design can be used to solve social issues. May 29
8-Australia’s premier sustainability awards program, the Banksia Foundation, has been identifying and rewarding leading individuals and organisations for over 25 years. In Flicking the Switch on Sustainability, you can hear for yourself what a number of business, government and community leaders are working towards. May 27
9-SPARC International Lighting Event is Australia’s premier lighting event provides an opportunity to bring together the latest lighting technology and design to professionals. Lighting designers, lighting engineers, architects, facility managers, interior designers, developers and end users will all find something to enjoy in this world-class festival of lighting. May 27-29
10-How will emerging technology connect Sydney and change the way we move? This is the question the AECOM presented Reconnecting Sydney event will try to answer. Seven speakers will address challenging questions on the potential of technology to connect us and enhance the mobility of Sydney. Interactive and innovative, this audience experience driven event will combine opinion with vision. June 4
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