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10×10 Symposium Launch


THURSDAY 30 JULY, 5.00–6.30PM

The Design Futures Lab 10×10 symposium is an online symposium that imagines the future of design. Design researchers of diverse persuasions reflect upon the last ten years in their respective fields, and they imagine the changes that might be seen in the next ten. These 3–5 minute videos capture designerly vignettes of the near future from a global perspective. The presentations are pitched to a non-expert and inquiring audience.

Members and friends of the Design Futures Lab will discuss the past and the future of design in Victoria:

Professor Martyn Hook (host)
Dean, School of Media and Communication,
Assoc. Professor Brad Haylock (chair)
Leader, Design Futures Lab, RMIT
Professor Harriet Edquist (panelist)
Director, RMIT Design Archives, RMIT
Ewan McEoin (panelist)
Design Curator, NGV

The online symposium will capture the insights of design researchers globally. Coming releases include presentations by DFL researchers including Yoko Akama, Stephen Banham, Neal Haslem, Brad Haylock, Martyn Hook, Laurene Vaughan and Jeremy Yuille. Presentations also include key design leaders such as Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine), Pelle Ehn (Malmo University, Sweden), Lisa Grocott (Parsons School of Design, New York), Ann Light (University of Sussex) and Andrew Morrison (Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway), to name a few.

Watch this space for a new DFL website and the 10×10 Symposium Videos.


Symposium on the Art of Independent Publishing

The first International Symposium on the Art of Independent Publishing will investigate the contribution that independent publishing can make to the future of the cultural sector.

The symposium is convened by Brad Haylock and is presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the Ian Potter Foundation and RMIT School of Media & Communication, as a part of the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The symposium will consider both the significance of publishing for artistic practice and the significance of publishing as practice. The symposium will cover such themes as: the importance of independent publishing as a platform for art criticism and discourse; the role of graphic design in the dissemination of independent publishing projects; and the impact of contemporary hybrid practices that cross the traditional boundaries of art, design and publishing.

Speakers include: Stuart Bailey, a UK-based designer who is one half of the duo Dexter Sinister and co-editor of the bi-annual publication Bulletins of The Serving Library; Helen Hughes, Melbourne-based co-founder and co-editor of the contemporary art journal Discipline; Ziga Testen, a Melbourne-based designer who has worked on numerous books for artists, arts institutions and independent publishers; and Eleanor Vonne Brown. Individual speakers’ papers will be followed by a panel discussion that will draw the audience into the conversation.

Stuart Bailey (b. 1973, York, UK; lives and works in Liverpool, UK) is a graphic designer and publisher, co-founder and editor of Dot Dot Dot (2000–2010), and one half of the artist duo Dexter Sinister, along with designer David Reinfurt. In 2006, Dexter Sinister established a workshop and bookstore of the same name in New York, and have since explored aspects of contemporary publishing in diverse contexts. In 2010, Bailey co-founded The Serving Library, a not-for-profit artists’ organization dedicated to publishing and archiving in a continuous loop, and is co-editor of The Serving Library’s bi-annual publication, Bulletins of The Serving Library.

Brad Haylock (b. 1980, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia) is a designer, publisher and academic. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, where he manages the Master of Communication Design program and leads the Design Futures Lab research group. He is founding editor of Surpllus, an independent publisher of printed matter (mostly books) pertaining to critical and speculative practices across art, design and theory.

Helen Hughes (b. 1986, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia) is co-founder and co-editor of the contemporary art journal Discipline. She is also an editor of the online, peer-reviewed journal of art history, emaj. Helen recently submitted her PhD in Art History at the University of Melbourne. She is currently Curator at Gertrude Contemporary, where she has been running the Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline Contemporary Art Lecture Series for the last three years.

Ziga Testen (b. 1981, Ljubljana, Slovenia; lives and works in Melbourne, Australia) is an independent graphic designer. He works with artists, institutions, organisations and publishers on projects he can ideologically, politically or conceptually align with. He received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana and continued his studies at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. While living and working in the Netherlands, his publication work was awarded ‘The Best Dutch Book Designs’ award.

Eleanor vonne Brown studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and Publishing Production at London College of Communication and has lived and worked in London ever since, developing solo and collaborative projects that have most recently gathered under the umbrella of X Marks the Bökship. Beyond this live-work space on Cambridge Heath Road (London), Brown’s generous and imaginative projects include: “X-Operative” at Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), 2013; “X-Archive” at Badischer-Kunstverein (Karlsruhe), 2012; “Translation and Verbal Mutation” with Whitechapel Gallery & FormContent (both London), 2011; the Publishing as Practice seminar series at Bökship, 2010; “Communication Breakdown” at Nassauischer Kunstverein (Weisbaden), 2010; and “The Newpaper”, self-published from 2007-08.

Saturday May 2, 2pm–4pm
NGV International
Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

Design Week: Shaping Behaviour Salon

Using architecture, graphics, lighting, landscape, sound, and interactive elements, designers are using visible and imperceptible cues to change the way we act, think, and feel. Featuring leading voices from different Melbourne based design studios, the Shaping Behaviour Salon examines how designers influence and change people’s behaviour in built environments.
The Salon features a series of brief talks on how designers shape behaviour and user focused design principles. There will be a moderated panel discussing the future for behaviour in the built environment. A Q&A session will follow, along with an opportunity to hang out, chat, and have some drinks.

Speakers include:
Simon McPherson
Director—SJB Urban
Nick Morris
Director—Morris Access Consulting
Paul Stanley
Planning Leader—Arup
Christopher Thorpe

Venue: RMIT Design Hub,

Multipurpose Room, Level 1,
Cnr Victoria and Swanston St,
Date: 12 May 2015
Time: 6:00pm entry for 6:30 start till 8:30pm
Contact: Chris Thorpe, ID/Lab,
0421 822 438,

Presented by DFL & ID/Lab

Public Lecture: Professor Andrew Morrison ‘Re-viewing Design Research: Circumpolar North’


Public Lecture by Professor Andrew Morrison
‘Re-viewing Design Research: Circumpolar North’
Friday 27 March, 2015
5.30 for 5.45pm start
Blg 80, level 2, room 007
445 Swanston St,

Circumpolar North provides a unique laboratory for studying future landscapes of production, infrastructure, excavation, and environmental change.

Northern territories are under pressure due to planned exploration and extraction of oil, gas and minerals, bringing about rapid development of cities, settlements and landscapes. The project maps these ‘future’ landscapes from an interdisciplinary perspective and studies the relationship between people and their environments as well as the importance of social and individual agency in the development of the landscapes.

The project is founded in a conception of landscape as a shared material human experience, one that supplements the traditional conception of landscape as primarily an aesthetic category. The project both looks at landscape as the result of political, cultural and social development –but also explores landscape and as an agency in the production of these.

The project will raises awareness and knowledge of new landscape typologies, include the everyday in the category of landscape, and explore tools to articulate and narrate such perspectives.

The project is a collaboration between the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape and the Institute of Design, with the Barents Institute as an external partner.


Andrew Morrison is Director of the Centre for Design Research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Norway and Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design (IDE). As co-ordinator of research, Andrew takes part in and leads a range of design research projects. These cover Communication Design, dynamic interfaces and social media; RFID, mediation and activity; Service Design and innovation in leadership; electronic arts installation; narrative and mobile media; practice-based research/research by design; online research mediation and design research methods. Andrew also focuses on design writing, fiction and criticism.

He has been central to the ongoing redesign and teaching of the PhD school at AHO. He has supervised a dozen PhD students at AHO and others at the University of Oslo in design, media and education. Andrew is a member of the Research Committee and the Board of AHO. He was paper co-chair for Nordes 09, Engaging Artifacts, 3rd Nordic Design Research Conference ( and been a board member of the Design research Society. He has published widely in journals, books and online and has a special research interest in online research mediation. He has edited and co-edited several collections of papers and chapters related to design and new media.

Formerly Andrew was an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo at the interdisciplinary research centre InterMedia where he led the Communication Design Group

Public Lecture: Pelle Ehn ‘Collective design, utopias lost and futures made’

Venue: RMIT Design Hub, Lecture Theatre (Level 3),
corner of Swanston and Victoria St, Melbourne
Time: 9th December 2014, 6-8pm.
Please arrive at 5.45pm for a prompt 6pm start
Free event: Drinks and nibbles includedPelle Ehn has been instrumental in establishing the field of Participatory Design (PD), which was born out of movements towards democratization at work in Scandinavia, and the belief that those affected by the introduction of new technology should have a say in the design process and joint decision-making. His work spans over four decades and he still continues to be a leading light in related fields like User Experience, Interaction design and more recently in Service Design.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Pelle, joined by Ann Light (Northumbria University, UK), Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine, US) and Anne Galloway (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ).All welcome – please pass on to your networks.


November Colloquium: Culture-led Service Design in Lapland: Crossdisciplinary Projects, a Novel Doctoral Program, and Future Collaboration – Presentation by visiting researcher Soile Veijola

Monday 24th November 3 -5pm
Design Hub, Level 8 meeting area.


Soile Veijola (1960) is Professor of Cultural Studies of Tourism at Multidimensional Tourism Institute MTI at the Faculty of Social Sciences of University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland, and Dozent at the University of Jyväskylä (sports tourism). Her background is in sociology and feminist theories and she teaches courses on cultural and social studies of tourism, ethical epistemologies of tourism, and writing master’s and doctoral theses. Her earlier research has dealt with social production of knowledge, social relations and gender; embodiment; mixed tem play; and tourism work. Her most recent and current interests deal with ‘the social’ in tourism, future tourist communities, the notion of mobile neighboring, tourism architecture and design, and the ontological, epistemological and ethical frameworks of ‘disruptive tourism’. She has published book chapters and articles, often with Eeva Jokinen, that examine tourism and hospitality from critical and feminist perspectives, in books (e.g. Touring Cultures, Visual Culture and Tourism, Travels in Paradox, Real Tourism) and journals (e.g. Theory, Culture & Society, NORA, Tourist Studies, Annals of Tourism Research). Her latest publications are ‘Mobile Neighbouring’ with Petra Falin (OnlineFirst 2014, Mobilities) and Disruptive Tourism and Its Untidy Guests. Alternative Ontologies for Future Hospitalities, co-authored with Jennie Germann Molz, Olli Pyyhtinen, Emily Höckert and Alexander Grit (2014,  Palgrave). She is an active member of her local community beyond the academia and participates in social and cultural life through, among other things, her monthly columns on tourism in society published in the regional newspaper.

Design Research Writing Workshop

The Design Futures Lab presents a Design Research Writing Workshop. This hands-on workshop will cover helpful strategies to develop writing and research skills in the field of design research.

This workshop is open to both supervisors and Higher Degree by Research students from all universities. The workshop will include presentations, critical discussion, practical advice and tips from presenters whose expertise spans design research, editing, writing and design practice.

Brad Haylock: Literature Reviews in Design Research
Penny Modra: Write Right, Right?
Peter Hall: Relational and Reflexive Research Methods

Event Details:
Date: Friday 14 November, 2014
Location: Building 13, Level 4, Room 2
Emily Macpherson Building
Corner of Victoria and Russell Streets
RMIT City Campus
Melbourne VIC 300
Time: 2:00-5:00pm

Free, but bookings essential
This event is followed by a Public Lecture by Peter Hall

RSVP by Wednesday 12 November

Bios for presenters:

Brad Haylock is an artist, designer and publisher. He is an Associate Professor of Design at RMIT University, and is founding editor of Surpllus, an independent commercial press focusing on critical and speculative practices across art, design and theory. He has designed and published such titles as: Six Degrees:1992-2012; Minimal Domination; and Impresario: Paul Taylor, The Melbourne Years, 1981-1984

Penny Modra is editorial director at The Good Copy, a new Melbourne-based writing studio and publisher. She spent seven years as editor of Three Thousand and editorial director of The Thousands city guides nationally. She has written weekly visual arts columns for The Age and The Sunday Age;edited books including Nobody Told Me There’d Be Days Like These (Amanda Maxwell, 2008) and 21:100:100 (Gertrude Contemporary, 2008); and produced city guides for Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne. She has worked for clients including London’s Future Laboratory and PhD students whose theses are due in 12 hours. Penny was a co-founder of Melbourne’s experimental poster publishing project Is Not Magazine (2005-2008, RIP)

Peter Hall is a design writer whose research focuses on mapping as a design process. He is a lecturer and program convenor at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. He wrote and co-edited with Janet Abrams the book Else/Where: Mapping – New Cartographies of Networks and Territories. He has been a contributing writer for Metropolis magazine since 2000 and has written widely about design in its various forms for publications includingPrint, ID. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Guardian. His other publications include the books Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist, Sagmeister: Made You Look and Pause: 59 Minutes of Motion Graphics

Public Lecture: Peter Hall, ‘Making Sense of Mapping’

RMIT Design Futures Lab in the School of Media and Communication invite you to a public lecture Making Sense of Mapping by academic and design writer Peter Hall.


In the era of big data, mapping and data visualisation have become popular methods of representing findings and patterns, suggesting ways of making sense of complex problems. But to what extent is this datasphere a cultural product with its own historical baggage and biases? Can mapping provide a means of countering dominant positivist paradigms?

Event Details:
Date: Friday 14 November
Location: Building 100, Level 3 lecture theatre
RMIT Design Hub, Cnr of Swanston and Victoria Sts
Time: 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start

Peter Hall is a design writer, senior lecturer and design department head at Griffith University Queensland College of Art. Before moving to Brisbane, Australia in January 2012, he was senior lecturer in design at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught design theory, history and journalistic methods of research and writing. His research focuses on mapping as a design process. Between 2001 and 2007 he was Senior Editor and Fellow at the University of Minnesota Design Institute, where he co-edited with Jan Abrams the book, Else/Where: Mapping – New Cartographies of Networks and Territories and organised several symposia and workshops on mapping. He has been a contributing writer for Metropolis magazine since 2000 and has written widely about design in its various forms, including gaming, elevators, building graphics, bridges, neon lights and office chairs, for publications including Print, I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He taught a seminar class on design theory and writing at Yale School of Art between 2000 and 2007. He wrote and co-edited the books Tibor Kalman: Perverse OptimistSagmeister: Made You Look and Pause: 59 Minutes of Motion Graphics. Since 2006 he has been Vice President and co-organizer of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues at an annual gathering in Vinalhaven, Maine.

The Future is Here: DFL September Colloquium – Stuart Geddes & Brad Haylock

Please join us for our next colloquium this coming Friday afternoon, as Stuart Geddes and Brad Haylock discuss the design of the visual identity and collateral material for The Future is Here at RMIT Design Hub

Friday 19 September @ 4:00pm

Meet at the front desk in the exhibition space:
RMIT Design Hub Project Room 1


We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we design, make and consume the objects that we depend upon. New techniques, technologies and relationships mean that the boundaries between designer, manufacturer and user are becoming increasingly blurred. Greater access to information about how objects are made, as well as access to those who traditionally make them, is revolutionising the role of the consumer so that more people than ever before are taking part in the production of our physical world. The Future is Here asks what this means for all of us.

The Future is Here is a touring exhibition created by the Design Museum, London. When on show at RMIT Design Hub, the exhibition included additional local design research projects that demonstrate the importance of speculation and prototyping to innovation and design, including a new exhibition identity and communication design solution by RMIT Design Futures Lab researchers Stuart Geddes and Brad Haylock.

The visual identity for The Future is Here at RMIT Design Hub has been approached in a way that embodies the themes of the exhibition. The visual identity, the exhibition signage, this catalogue and the other graphic elements showcase the latest visual communication design and production technologies, as well as a number of advanced manufacturing techniques usually reserved for other disciplines, such as architecture or industrial design.