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International Design Calendar

Bunjilaka Melbourne Museum - First Peoples Exhibition (Melbourne)

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Monday, December 29, 2014

The gallery will reopen to the public on 7 September 2013 with an exciting new exhibition, First Peoples.Told through the voices of Victoria’s First Peoples, and utilising cutting-edge multimedia, Aboriginal language, artifacts and contemporary artworks, First Peoples will tell the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today.

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ENLIGHTENMENT: The Basics Of Efficient Lighting (National)

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Thursday, November 20, 2014

IES: The Lighting Society presents an introductory lighting course to equip participants with a knowledge of energy efficient lighting, to be delivered by a combination of face-to-face teaching and online assessment and revision. The course consists of three face-to-face seminar days, usually on three consecutive weeks. Visit the website for dates and locations.

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ADPL Think Outside workshops (Brisbane)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Saturday, November 8, 2014

Interested in design? On occasion, lectures and exhibitions by forward-thinking, creative designers and architects, discussing and debating a diverse set of industry relevant topics are scheduled. Be educated, inspired and get insight into the day-to-day and continuing issues and solutions faced by the contemporary designer.

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Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand)

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Thursday, October 23, 2014

BIG+BIH, one of ASEAN’s leading international trade fairs for trendy gifts and lifestyle products recognized as Thailand’s excellent platform for designers and new entrepreneurs to show their latest collections. Trade days 19 – 21 October 2014 | (10.00 – 18.00 hrs.): buyers, importers, manufacturers, traders, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, department stores, etc. Public days 22 – 23 October 2014 | (10.00 – 21.00 hrs.): Trade visitors, local consumers and foreign tourists are expected. retailers, d epartment stores, etc.

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2nd Istanbul Design Biennial (Istanbul, Turkey)

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Curated by Zoë Ryan and titled The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, the biennial will host more than 50 projects that ask: “What is the future now?” by rethinking the manifesto as a platform to frame pertinent questions, the projects question the role of design, its relationship to society, and its ability to be an active agent for change.

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Green Furniture Award 2015 (Sweden)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

We are exited to announce the Green Furniture Award 2015 – the design competition for Outstanding Eco Design! This is a chance to explore creativity, but overall to think green. We plan to present the finalists both at Stockholm Furniture Fair and at the Milano Design Week in cooperation with Cappellini.

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DesignThinkers Conference 2014 (Toronto)

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Friday, November 7, 2014

DesignThinkers is Canada’s premier conference for communication designers and strategists, advertisers and brand managers who believe that design is critical to effective, memorable communication and marketing. The conference features visionaries from the worlds of advertising, film, TV, retail, publishing, branding, type, infographics, social media and government.

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AGDA Design Awards (Hobart)

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014

Since 1992, the AGDA Design Awards have been Australia’s barometer for creative excellence. The awards have grown inexorably across the event’s twenty year history, much like the organisation itself. This year the awards have been given a thorough shakeup, to be more relevant to how we work in today’s environment. Entries close Friday 1st August 5pm AEST.

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DesignEd Asia Conference (Hong Kong)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Hong Kong Design Institute (member of VTC Group) and Hong Kong Design Centre jointly present the tenth DesignEd Asia Conference. The Conference aims to provide a practical platform for international design educators and professionals to share views, knowledge and experiences on Design Education. It continues to draw hundreds of international design educators, design researchers, practicing designers, design students, and design-related executives.

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Jumpthegap Roca International Design Contest (Madrid, Spain)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jumpthegap is an International Design Contest promoted by Roca with the collaboration of BCD Barcelona Design Centre that is looking for new, innovative and sustainable concepts for the bathroom space. The competition is open to worldwide designers and architects, as well as design and architecture students under 35. Enrollment to the competition is open until 25th February 2015.

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Typography Day 2015 (Mumbai, India)

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Monday, March 9, 2015

The event will feature a day of workshops on Typography and Calligraphy followed by two days of conference dedicated to 'Typography, Sensitivity and Fineness’. The international conference will be devoted to addressing issues faced by type designers, type users and type educators. The conference includes presentations by invited keynote speakers, eminent academicians, blind juried papers, industry professionals, research scholars and students. The event will also host an exhibition of selected posters and typographic works of students and faculty members from Design Institutes.

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SEE Sustainable Experience 2015 (Brisbane)

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Saturday, June 20, 2015

SEE Sustainable Experience 2015 is a showcase of products, solutions and education focussed on protecting Queensland’s built environment. To be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds from the 18th to 20th June 2015, SEE Sustainable Experience is refreshingly different from other events or exhibitions, as it will tie together case studies with sustainable solutions whilst offering integrated educational options within a value-led and relaxed networking environment.

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Study Tour to Italy 2015 (Italy)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Editor-in Chief, Kate St James has once again been asked to escort a professional tour to Italy. These tours draw on a network of scholars and colleagues to create a study tour program that focuses on architecture, design and landscape in several locations in Italy, offering a program in partnership with exhibitions and institutions, culminating in an in-depth study of Expo Milan 2015.

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2015 International Design Congress and 26 Icograda General Assembly (Gwangju, South Korea)

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - Friday, October 23, 2015

The theme of the Congress will be "Design Connects". It is intended to enhance Gwangju’s current and future position as a major international ‘City of Design’, and to further promote positive exchanges and liaison between various international design entities to establish fruitful collaborations and provide innovative design platforms for diverse stakeholders. The 26 Icograda General Assembly and Icograda member-category Platform Meetings will be conducted in alignment with the Congress.

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‘This is our job as designers – to continue making decisions until the purpose of the design is perfectly clear. Then you are done.’

Terry Acker

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