About Sydney Design
Sydney Design 2016 is now in its 19th year. This annual contemporary design festival creates a platform for a convergence of people, ideas and activities across creative industry sectors.
Sydney Design 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
This year with the festival theme, Make or Break, we examine the tension between success and failure and explore how designers are creatively using and deconstructing production methods and design histories to create solutions. We intend this broad theme to be inclusive and allow designers to respond and suggest programs for the festival that both engage the creative industries and provide opportunities for the general public to embrace design.
- 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 – A Brief History
Sydney Design 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 has always been about promoting a critical understanding of design in the way it impacts everyday life and culture.
Sydney Design 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 TEAM
Janson Hews, Festival Director
Sophie Harrington, Festival Producer
Wilna Fourie, Program Producer
David Greenhalgh, Program Producer
Catherine Polcz, Program Producer & Volunteer Coordinator
Kaho Cheung, Web Designer & Developer
Lachlan Gordon, Submission Platform Developer
Lucy McGinley, Design & Illustration
Vanessa Pellatt, Editorial
Matthew Watson, Communications
Eli Wallis, Publicist
MAAS Bookings Team
Initial design and concept by Churchward/Melhuish
THE SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL ADVISORS
Elliott Bryce Foulkes