Good design makes a vital contribution to the state's economy, culture and lifestyle. It has the capacity to protect our environment and positively influence the lives of all Queenslanders.
Queensland's design sector is flourishing, with many of the state's talented designers and design firms establishing national and international reputations for creativity and innovation.
Queensland designs can be purchased around the globe - Brian Steendyk's cero chairs in Milan, Easton Pearson's fashion ranges in Paris, Marc Harrison's Husque bowls in New York, as well as many other examples. Hear jewellery designer Ari Athans talk about her work.
The State Government wants to tap into the potential of our designers to increase the competitiveness of business and the public sector and improve Queenslanders' quality of life.
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In 2008, the Queensland Government reaffirmed the value of design to the State's future development by announcing the $3 million Designing Queensland initiative as part of the Smart State Strategy 2008-2012.
To implement the priorities of Designing Queensland, The Queensland Design Strategy 2020 was launched in 2009. This Strategy is a whole-of-government framework dedicated to promoting the value of design and inspiring its take up by Queensland businesses, the community, and the public sector.
Through a series of four-year plans, the Strategy will support and guide the growth of the design sector nationally and internationally through a variety of classroom, boardroom and community initiatives, high-profile events, international exchanges and the mainstreaming of good design into government departments.
Highlights of the Queensland Design Strategy 2020 include:
These initiatives will help establish Queensland as a leading centre for design innovation in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020.
Recent updates and news:
8 April 2010 - Premier Announces Creative Director of First Design Triennial (external site)
1 April 2010 - New Council spearheads Queensland's designs on future hub (external site)
13 Nov 09 - International events secure state's status as design hub (external site)