Tuesday, July 12, 2011

State of Design Festival 2011 - Design That Moves

 Each year the State of Design Festival in Melbourne just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The reason for this I feel is that they know that it's not just the top architects, big shot advertising agencies, fashion trend forecasters and the people that design those chairs that make you think 'how on earth do I sit on it?', who are interested in innovative design. People of all walks of life, ages and demographics are interested in innovative design. The State of Design Festival with their broad program of workshops, forums, exhibitions and events, have a little something for everyone, with many of them free. 

As part of this years event 'Design That Moves' there are three key events:

Design For Everyone
Design for everyone is exactlly what it's all about. Providing activities for all ages, it's the festivalʼs public program. This is where Individuals, organisations and businesses will host exhibitions, workshops, screenings and activities that explore the importance of design and the 2011 theme, Design That Moves.

Design For Business
The business program includes talks from local and international design industry leaders and key thinkers exploring critical design issues. Workshops, activities and local experts give practical solutions to incorporate design to improve business. 
The thing I'm most excited about is that for this section of the event there will be an online television station along with the resources for the presentation of 'successful business and design collaborations'.

Design: Made: Trade 
The boutique design trade fair component of the State of Design Festival, it showcases leading furniture, fashion and industrial design brands. Located at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, it is also where a number of public events will take place and where industry talks will take place.

Throughout the 12 days of the festival. there are quite a number of items on this program I hope to be able to make it along to and I look forward to showing you pics and telling you about them through out the event. So stay tuned! 

For more information on the State of Design Festival and to check out the extensive program visit their website.

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