About Sydney Design Festival
2018 is the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Design Festival. This annual contemporary design festival creates a platform for a convergence of people, ideas and activities across creative industry sectors.
Sydney Design Festival program content provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.
This year’s theme
Call to Action
This year, Sydney Design Festival invites designers to express their interest in presenting Festival events which respond to the theme Call to Action.
Action is purpose and movement; Action is deliberate and forward-thinking. Design has a role to play in an ever-changing world and has the potential to solve complex global problems.
- To make design accessible and engaging to new audiences
- Showcase work of designers, both emerging and established
- To tackle design challenges and the future of design
- To be inclusive, representative and cross-disciplinary
Sydney Design Festival – A Brief History
Sydney Design Festival is one of the few design festivals in the world produced and managed by a Museum and has grown to become a key event on the design industry’s calendar.
From its modest beginnings in 1997 to an international focus in 2002 with the launch of the first ever retrospective of the work of designer Marc Newson, Sydney Design Festival has always been about promoting a critical understanding of design in the way it impacts everyday life and culture.
Sydney Design Festival would not be possible without a large team of people across the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and without the enthusiasm and passion of the Sydney design community including our Sydney Design Festival Advisors.
THE SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL TEAM
Sophie Harrington, Program Producer Applied Arts
David Greenhalgh, Program Producer
Catherine Polcz, Program Producer & Volunteer Coordinator
Lily Katakouzinos, Head of Programs
Keinton Butler, Senior Curator, Design and Architecture
Lachlan Gordon, Website & Submission Platform Designer & Developer
Georgia Sholl, Communications
Eli Wallis, Publicist
MAAS Bookings Team
THE SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL ADVISORS
Vincent Aiello, Platform Strategy Asia/Broached Commissions
Joel Brydon, ustwo
Catriona Burgess, Frost/Australian Graphic Design Association
Anthony Burke, University of Technology
Lisa Cahill, Australian Design Centre
Tom Fereday, Tom Fereday Design
Brandon Gien, Good Design Australia
Karinna Gobbo, Tappeti/Design Institute of Australia
Tim Horton, NSW Architects Registration Board
Joanne Jakovich, SOUP – Strategic Open Urban Platform
Kobe Johns, Factory Design District/JP Finsbury Bespoke Joiners
Mark Ian Jones, University of New South Wales Art & Design
Matt Lorrain, SP01 Design
David Mansueto, Design + Industry
Nicole Monks, BlackandWhite Creative
Sarah-Jane Pyke, Arent&Pyke
Liane Rossler, SuperLocalStudio
Katrina Sandbach, Western Sydney University
Catherine Scheen, The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Sasha Titchkosky, Koskela
Stephen Todd, Design Editor for the Australian Financial Review + Life&Leisure