Art & Design

Apr 13, 2012

By design, not circumstance, a push for recognition

The design sector is pushing for greater recognition through a national design policy. But is anyone listening, ask Ben Eltham and Rebecca Harkins-Cross?

One of the more interesting links to cross our desk lately has been a fund-raising proposal on crowd-sourcing website Pozible. It’s from the Australian Design Alliance, a loose confederation of design organisations seeking to raise funds to research a national design policy.

“We want to see a national policy for design adopted by the federal government that will be embedded in all government policies but specifically linked to Australia’s Innovation Agenda and cultural and urban design policies,” the Alliance states on Pozible.

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4 thoughts on “By design, not circumstance, a push for recognition

  1. Holden Back

    Mirabella is aware of the importance of design?
    LOL, as the young people say.

  2. Michael de Angelos

    Design like the arts is treated with suspicion in this country. Campbell Newman has already signalled current beliefs in design and such by slashing funding up north.

    The great general public remains in ignorance about how design and arts contribute so much to their life. The forget Disney style Movie Worlds and blockbuster films are all created by artists and designers.

  3. beetwo77

    I struggle with the notion of ‘Design’. Design is what sensible people do in all sorts of professions across the board. It is not some magical thing that sits off to the side and requires a classification as some sort of separate discipline. Its not some branch of creative arts, its just normal problem solving.

    The submission outlines the arrogance of people who sit in the so-called ‘design’ field who believe it is different to what the rest of the world does. Therefore I don’t think anyone is listening.

  4. Vincent O'Donnell

    FYI Lisa Cahill of the Australian Design Alliance is a guest on next week’s edition of Arts Alive, heard on the national Community Radio Network, along with Ghil’ad Zukermann on Indigenous language extinction, John Denton on the new pavilion in Venice and the Australia’s Berlin-based Streeton Trio.

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