This year’s Melbourne Design Week is the biggest and most extensive program to date. We pick out some of the highlights, including three events Indesign is proud to be involved in.
March 13th, 2019
Officially opening on Thursday 14 March, the 2019 Melbourne Design Week program is huge. With symposiums, talks, workshops, exhibitions and events there is literally something to cater to everyone.
The theme this year is also sweeping – pulling together some of the big issues facing the planet today and begging the question, how can design instil change?
With so much on offer, we wanted to pick some of the highlights, including a few talks that the Indesign team is proud to be a part of.
Indesign magazine editor Alice Blackwood will lead a discussion on unconventional design business models. “We’ll be digging into our speakers’ creative mindsets to explore the pressure points in their respective industries and businesses, and how these have provided an unexpected launch pad for new business/brand strategies and ultimately new models for working,” says Blackwood.
Joining her on the panel will be:
Tuesday 19 March at 6.30pm
Mercedes Me Melbourne
525 Collins St
How can design improve outcomes? Can a value be attributed to its final impact? Where does the end user factor in? These are some of the questions that will be answered by a panel of leading design industry experts. For panellist Samantha Simpson from Schiavello: “We focus on the people who are going to be using the space and think about the experiences they are going to have.” Heading up the talk is Indesignlive.com editor Aleesha Callahan.
Joining the panel will be:
Wednesday 20 March at 6.15pm
Level 7 Cannons House
12-20 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Bringing together different perspectives, this panel will explore how relationships between designers and suppliers can push for greater experimentation and better outcomes. Indesign magazine editor Alice Blackwood will lead the talk.
Joining the panel will be:
Thursday 21 March at 6pm
250 High Street
Bringing in international keynotes, this provocative symposium aims to inspire and activate. Cities will need to become more robust and resilient, what can they do to ensure a better future? Join visionary Joost Bakker, Ross Harding (founder of Finding Infinity), Bonnie Herring (director of Breathe Architecture), Professor Sue Anne Ware (head of school architecture and built environment at University of Newcastle) and Craig Reucassel (ABC’s War on Waste).
Tuesday 19 March at 2.30–6pm
The shortlist has been announced, and now professionals and students will take on one of the most pressing issues of our time – waste. Be there to see a live pitch in progress with the professional participants kicking it all off at 9am, including Studio Edwards.
Tuesday 19 March, 9am–2pm
The 21st century has been touted as the Chinese century. China is modernising at a rate hitherto unseen – rapid and on a scale like no other. What does this mean for the nation’s economy, ecology and landscape? Join special international guests – Jing Liu co-founded by SO – IL – Beatrice Leanza is a cultural strategist and design critic based in Beijing. Expect to hear about China’s National New Urbanization Plan, which is an ambitious program, of ‘people-centered urbanisation’.
Monday 18 March, 6pm–8pm
Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter north entrance, via Arts Centre forecourt)
This is just a tiny glimpse of the many various events and exhibitions taking place – to plan your Melbourne Design Week, head over to the website now ngv.vic.gov.au/melbourne-design-week.
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