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Bob Greenberg: Design + Collaboration – the sum is greater than the parts

Last week Object: Australian Design Centre (associate member of the Australian Design Alliance) hosted a special early morning talk with digital visionary Bob Greenberg on his first visit to Australia. R/GA has recently opened a Sydney office http://www.rga.com/about/locations/sydney/

Greenberg spoke about how his company has transformed itself in nine year cycles over four decades to be what it is today an integrated marketing services company that creates everything from new products and digital services to social and mobile campaigns to broadcast commercials.  He says that they are proud to be blurring the lines between what was traditionally seen as advertising to now working with companies on software and product development and public relations to connect consumers with brands.

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The vibe of it

Dani is new to Sydney and the Object family and is one of our Gallery Assistants

The Object gallery has transformed this week and I’m loving the energy Idea Bombing Sydney has brought it.

Visit and you will find a space that may need a little explaining.  And that’s what I’m here for.  The lowdown, if you are wondering, is not a simple one, but it is interesting!  Idea Bombing is a worldwide movement.  Its not everywhere, however Sydney is lucky enough to have a group of passionate change-makers who want to give you a voice, a chance to contribute.  They want your ideas on a range of subjects - not your patent-pending million dollar design, more ‘What’s going to make this community better as a whole?’ kind of idea . 

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3 New Opportunities To Join Our Team

It’s an exciting time to be shaping a new direction for the Australian Design Centre and how it will manifest in the years ahead.

To reflect the breathtaking speed at which digital technologies are developing we are launching a dedicated Digital Media Marketing Coordinator role for the first time.

Another exciting addition to the team includes a new Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator that will be responsible for developing belonging, stickiness and connectivity with our audiences, supporters and design community.

We’re also looking for a design thinking catalyst for kids: A Learning Coordinator, to implement our 3-year education plan.

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A visit to Dubbo, with CUSP, cars, and a trip to hospital

The week before last I jumped on a plane and took the slightly-less-than-an-hour flight across the Great Dividing Range to land in Dubbo, a city of a little over 30,000 in the central west of New South Wales and famous around the country for the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. My purpose for travel had nothing to do with the zoo (though I did go as a child and have fond memories), but to visit the Western Plains Cultural Centre, a wonderful regional venue who are currently playing host to CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.

As part of CUSP, I’ve been going around to each touring venue and recording insights from local design figures, capturing their thoughts on the creative program, and hopefully gleaning a little bit of value that the program brings to their area. In Sydney I chatted to Jess Scully while the program was at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and in Adelaide I spoke to Tim Horton at JamFactory. In Dubbo, WPCC curator Kent Buchanan put me in touch with Mark Nugent, a coachbuilder specialising in vintage and antique car restoration and construction.

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Idea Bombing Coming Along Splendidly

Things are coming along splendidly for when we throw open the doors to our Idea Bombing Sydney: The Gallery Edition. We have been really busy pulling together some of Sydney’s best new creative minds. We will be hearing from some of our esteemed Idea Bombing alumni and see how they’re going about re-shaping the city’s cultural identity. We are gathering the best in art, music, wine and design, opening the floor to the public in forums of discussion, and doing all we can to let people fully inhabit the space we are constructing. We have a lot in store for all of our visitors and we are looking forward to expanding the Idea Bombing family.

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Installing Lola Greeno At QVMAG

What a day it has been here at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. The University of Tasmania students who have been part of the furniture production for the Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels exhibition which opens here this Friday ahead of coming to Object at the end of August, have been bringing into the gallery space all the components that make up this unusual yet evocative display furniture designed by Stephen Goddard of project two.
The installation video and the narrative video are now installed and all we are waiting for is the arrival of the works in their lime washed Tasmanian oak display cases.

Check out the photos form the install so far or listen to Lola’s stories here.

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And It’s A Wrap!

After months of preparation our Designers’ Den had its day on the Vivid Ideas stage.
Four lots of contestants from UNSW, COFA, and Billy Blue - performed our own live designer version of Dragons Den.
With the view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as the backdrop, the contestants pitched their little hearts out and were dished out some intense feedback and critiquing.
Laughs came courtesy of our gameshow host with the most, comedian Mark Humphries.

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Pozible has launched The Sydney Edit!

With a new wave of creativity and artistry rippling through Sydney, Pozible’s new Sydney Edit page showcases local artists, creative talent and greater community through its projects and new initiatives including the Pozible Sydney Residency, a Happy Hour and a tastings crowdfunding workshop. Sydneysiders are invited to join in with the innovative endeavours happening right on our doorstep.

The page features a diverse range of design, arts and photography projects plus some gastronomical adventures and underground film festivals. It also highlights Pozible’s Sydney Ambassadors, who are always happy to help new project creators spread the creativity that’s sprouting all over our city.

With so many exciting programs and festivities going on, The Sydney Edit has something for everyone to get involved in. Check it out at pozible.com/sydney

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Could You Be Our Next Graphic Design Intern?

Object is on the hunt for talented graphic design students to undertake internships for 2014.
We are looking for two interns to work on a variety of exciting projects. Internships are a minimum of 3 months long and we have two time slots available; July-September 2014 and October-December 2014.

Applications close Friday 20 June.

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Creative Ways To Change The World

It must’ve been a bright and uber-restless creative spark that created the Vivid Sydney Ideas session last Saturday, for they titled it ‘Creative Ways To Change The World’.
Why think small, right?
I went for two reasons – firstly, because Object is 100% in the headspace of showing Australia the world-changing value of design, and secondly, I otherwise manage a wildlife conservation organisation that uses art and creativity to fund and create conservation projects.
I was keen to see what others are doing in the social/environmental enterprise space, and especially keen to see how it gets done creatively, rather than as a dry, bureaucratic ball of no fun.
I was enthralled the entire time; buoyed by the stories of social enterprise of the panel of three - Jessica Jackley, Katerina Kimmorley and Andrew Simpson. Their energy was infectious and their cleverness truly inspiring.

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