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Diamonds in the dross.

Diamonds in the dross.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

New crowdsourced ‘universal typeface’ highlights a bigger issue: does crowdsourcing offer value to designers or anyone else?

The French company Société Bic is more commonly known as the producer of the world’s best selling pen, the Bic Cristal, of which it had sold more than 100 billion as of September 2006.

The Bic pen’s design has earned it a place in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art and changed the habits and style of writing in the twentieth century, largely eliminating the widespread use of fountain pens.

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Stacks of potential.

Stacks of potential.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

DIA Practice Member wins Sydney design competition.

DIA Practice Member Bates Smart has won a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition for a new residential tower at 130 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, for clients Cbus Property.

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A decade in a day.

A decade in a day.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Pop up event shows Chinese graphic design trends from 2003-2013.

The ‘GDC POP UP IN MELBOURNE’ in early December is an exhibition showing the changes in Chinese graphic design over the past decade, from 2003 to 2013.

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Trying to rebuild a shattered culture.

Trying to rebuild a shattered culture.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

UNESCO design competition for Afghanistan heritage site.

In March 2001, in a foretaste of what was to come around six months later in the shape of 9/11, the Taliban in Afghanistan shelled and dynamited two giant stone Buddha statues carved into the cliffs of the Bamiyan Valley, around 230 kms northwest of Kabul.

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Made in Melbourne.

Made in Melbourne.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Furniture design graduates exhibit their work.

This weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of November, RMIT furniture design graduates will be displaying their work in the ‘Made Here’ exhibition.

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Wining and dining.

Wining and dining.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winners of 2014 Eat Drink Design Awards announced.

Over three hundred architects, designers and their clients have just celebrated the announcement of the 2014 Eat Drink Design Awards on the 18th November at Melbourne’s Ormond Hall.

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On your bike.

On your bike.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Australian ‘Smart Hat’ helmet concept draws flak from designers and cyclists alike.

The relationship between cyclists and motorists on our roads in Australia is an uneasy one at best, with some cyclists considering they have a ‘right’ to use the roads like motor vehicles do – but without being licensed or having to pay registration fees.

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Promoting a national identity.

Promoting a national identity.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Norway designs a new passport, and Sweden an official new typeface.

For whatever reasons, it seems like the international design focus is on Scandinavia this week.

Scandinavians are justifiably proud of their countries, enjoying living and education standards, social welfare and health care systems, public infrastructure, social justice and environmental standards that are the envy of the rest of the world – not least because they have long realised that education and population numbers are the keys to just about everything else in society.

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State of the art.

State of the art.

Monday, 17 November 2014

DIA Practice Member wins major award at 2014 Australian National Architecture Awards.

Prominent DIA Practice Member HASSELL has taken out the major Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture at the 2014 Australian National Architecture Awards, announced in Darwin recently.

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Five star tour guide.

Five star tour guide.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Design tour of Swinburne Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre.

The DIA Vic/Tas branch is holding a design tour of the newly built $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre at Swinburne University of Technology on Thursday, 27th November 2014.

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