2020 Melbourne Design Week
Program Launch

Responding to the 2020 Melbourne Design Week theme, how can design shape life, the Design Institute of Australia has a week of events planned, culminating with the Hall of Fame event to be held at the NGVA on Friday 20 March.

  • What responsibilities do designers have to connect us in an increasingly disconnected environment?
  • Can a design-led business transform the environment and economy?
  • How design can shape life through exploration of materiality & fabrication?

Join us at one of the many DIA curated or supported events listed below.

Future Design | Future Wellness

In the second Future Design series, the Design Institute of Australia and guest speakers explore the ideas of digitised isolation, built environments and their combined impact on our mental health and wellness.

Monday, 16 March 6-8 pm

NGVA Federation Square Theatre

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Designing in and Around Cultures Internationally

Every design project requires a level of sensitivity and responsiveness to all the cultures involved. When the project scales up to an international level, the degree of cultural complexity goes up with it.

Wednesday, 18 March 5-6 pm


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Bas van Abel: Dark Matter

Confronted with the negative impacts of mobile phones – both for the environment and people who work along the supply chain. In 2013 Bas van Abel founded Fairphone and set out to create a smartphone free of conflict metals.

Wednesday, 18 March 6.30-7.30 pm

NGV Great Hall

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The alt.material collective presents its third exhibition ’Ductility’. Inviting leading and emerging creatives to explore how design can shape life through exploration of materiality and fabrication.

Thursday, 19 March 6-9 pm

408 Smith Street, Collingwood

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DIA Hall of Fame

Induction into the DIA Hall of Fame signifies an outstanding body of work, contribution to the Australia design industry or achievement in furthering the profession. It is the ultimate industry recognition for design leaders across all design disciplines.

The VIC TAS Branch will also be inaugerating the 2020 Honorary Fellow recipient.

Friday, 20 March 6 pm

NGV Clemenger Auditorium

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