Object Subject - Inaugural National Design Writing Conference
Alice Rawsthorn, London-based, award-winning design critic for the New York Times, and author of the critically acclaimed book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life.
Dana Tomic Hughes, award-winning interior designer and founder of Yellowtrace, one of the world’s most influential online design publications about interiors, architecture, art, travel and design culture.
Stay on for the weekend and experience everything that DESIGN Canberra has to offer, including events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artist studios and open homes. Throughout November 2017, the festival celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design, transforming the nation’s capital into a new platform for design and experimentation.
THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER
6:00pm – 7:30pm Opening Reception, Vibe Hotel
Jane Caro, author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator, will speak at the opening reception and MC the main session of Object Subject, the inaugural national design writing conference.
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER
8:30am – 5:00pm Conference (Day 1)
Keynote lecture (40-45 minutes)
Design has adopted many different meanings at different times, and is still prone to muddles, misunderstandings and clichés. Alice Rawsthorn considers the part that writing has played in this process, and how it could help to foster a more enlightened and nuanced understanding of design in the future.
Design for social inclusion: makers making a difference
Chaired by Minister for the Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay MLA, with Emily McCulloch Childs (Indigenous Jewellery Project), Tasman Monroe (Tapestry Couch), and Niklavs Rubenis (Object Therapy).
Keynote lecture (40-45 minutes)
Design has been democratised by the digital media revolution, this has presented its own set of challenges for designers, writers, makers and the media. We live in a visually cluttered and noisy world where we are constantly bombarded with items that demand our immediate attention. There is an overwhelming amount of information pumped through the internet every single second – it is no wonder that we find ourselves unfocused and distracted.
With an increasingly lower attention span, capturing and sustaining the attention of an audience can be tricky. In her keynote, Dana will explore best practice in the digital space and share her experiences around the areas of; delivering value; creating engagement; cultivating trust; and building an ongoing relationship with a design audience that’s becoming more fickle in a digital space that’s constantly changing.
Object narratives: storytelling as a tool used by designers in the design process
Chaired by Penny Craswell (The Design Writer), with Nicole Monks (trans-disciplinary artist of Yamatji Wajarri, Dutch and English heritage), Lou Weis (Broached Commissions) and Sarah Rice (Ekphrastic poetry).
Ewan McEoin, inaugural Hugh D.T Williams Senior Curator of Contemporary Design & Architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria. The role of the provocation: writing to set the scene and commission new work
Grace Blakeley-Carroll, emerging art historian and curator. Designing for the library: Fred Ward and the National Library of Australia
Suzie Attiwill, Associate Professor, Interior Design, Deputy Dean, Learning & Teaching, School of Architecture & Design, RMIT University. Experiments in the middle
Designing Responsibilities: How media and design writers can support and promote original design
Chaired by Anne-Maree Sargeant (Authentic Design Alliance) with leading design magazine editors Lisa Green, David Clark and Heidi Dokulil, with interior designer Angela Ferguson, and industrial designer Tom Skeehan (Skeehan studio). Presented in association with the Authentic Design Alliance
Where do we go from here? Vision and wisdom projects in design and design writing
Chaired by Jane Caro, with Alice Rawsthorn, Dana Tomic Hughes, Ewan McEoin and Penny Craswell.
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
9:30am – 1:00pm Research forum (Day 2)
Paper 1: Lisa Scharoun, University of Canberra. Design for social good inspired by Singapore design for healthy ageing
Paper 2: Tom Lee and Berto Pandolfo, University of Technology, Sydney. Atmo-Sphere: space surrounding objects
Paper 3: Gene Bawden and Alli Edwards, Monash University. Pride of Place: design thinking tools, play-based community engagement, and the Victorian Pride Centre
Paper 4: Faith Kane and Jo Bailey, Massey University School of Design (NZ). Articulating Materials: Catalyzing Change
Paper 1: Gyungju Chyon, Parsons School of Design (NY). Embodying Betweenness: designing lively artefacts through imperfection, impermanence and incompleteness
Paper 2: Janice Rieger, QUT School of Design. Doing dis/ordered Mappings: Embodied and Material Explorations of Design
Paper 3: Rahmatollah Amirjani, Ph.D. student in Architecture at University of Canberra, Australia. The Object and Subject in Critical Regionalism
Paper 4: Bryan Harris, Ph.D. student at The Australian National University School of Art and Design. Designing the Boundary Layer: Unpacking the Box, the Basket, and the Cupboard
Early bird: $190.00 (until Thursday 31 August 2017) Full registration: $290.00 Student: $120.00
The conference will be followed by a Research Forum, presented in partnership with the University of Canberra on Saturday 11 November.