Design Week 2007


Sydney Design Week is at the start of August. Here are my picks from the event, or you can visit their website to see for yourself. There is a large focus on industrial design, interior design and architecture, but there is the odd thing for graphic designers.

SD07 international speaker: Joel Gethin Lewis, UnitedVisualArtists

Date: Mon 06 Aug 2007
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Powerhouse Museum

Since creating the stage visuals for Massive Attack’s 100th Window world tour in 2003, UVA’s pioneering approach to performance design – combining art direction, production design and software engineering – has laid the path to a range of projects including live band visuals, site-specific installations, music videos, fashion shows, and permanent architectural installations. Recent projects include the Arctic Monkeys Brainstorm video and site-specific installations and performance for the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate Modern in London. UVA interactive designer Joel Gethin Lewis talks about some of his most exciting projects, including his recent work on the U2 Vertigo World Tour. Cost: $15/$12 members and conc., bookings 02 9209 4614

True Design: a digital storytelling project

Date: Sat 04 Aug 2007 – Sun 19 Aug 2007
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Powerhouse Museum, Harris St, Ultimo, free with Museum entry

True Design is a series of short films made by designers and their peers in the Museum’s digital media studios SoundHouseTM Vectorlab. Digital stories use new media technologies and a collaboration of voice narration, imagery, music and photos to produce autobiographical ‘mini-movies’. Featuring films by Korban Flaubert, Elke Kramer, Caroline Pidcock, Andrew Barnum, Andrew Silke, Suzanne Boccalatte and Diana Lorentz, True Design gives an insight into design processes, inspirations and working life. View True Design in the Museum and on Design Hub (

Top ten by ten

Date: Wed 15 Aug 2007
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Museum of Sydney

Get feedback on your portfolio from the experts. Open to students and professionals in interior, industrial, textile and graphic design. Followed by Top ten by ten, where ten industry leaders each share their top, indispensable tips for success in the design industry. Presented by Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Pecha Kucha

Date: Fri 17 Aug 2007
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Customs House Forecourt, projected onto the side of the AMP Tower

From a single event organised by Klein Dytham Architects in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha (Japanese for the sound of conversation) has grown into a global, slide night network for creative people that happens regularly in cities around the world, including London, Bogata, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and New York. Its patented format – 20 presenters each have 20 slides and 20 seconds for each slide – ensures a fast, snappy slide night showcasing fresh work and ideas across all creative disciplines. Presented by DARCH

Digital storytelling workshop

Date: Mon 06 Aug 2007 – Tue 07 Aug 2007
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: SoundHouse VectorLab

Create your own digital story using new media technologies and a collaboration of voice narration, imagery, music and photos. Course includes: scriptwriting, software tutorial, production support and management, including transferring the story onto disc, and assistance uploading the video onto various web video hosting venues like youtube. Cost $280, bookings T 02 9217 0392, enquiries or

Graphic design student study day – Return to Project Cockatoo Island

Date: Wed 15 Aug 2007
Time: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Venue: Powerhouse Museum

For Project Cockatoo Island tertiary level graphic design students created a visual identity for the island. One year on, three of the students talk about the project and how it helped their professional development. A representative of Frost Design will also talk about their role as mentor on the project. Cost $10 per student (includes museum admission), bookings T 02 9217 0222,


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