Wednesday, 1 October 2014

James Dyson Award National Winner - Alex Goad MARS

Monash University industrial design graduate Alex Goad has been awarded the national winner of the James Dyson Award 2014.


James Dyson Award National winner for Australia Alex Goad Monash University


James Dyson Award National winner for Australia Alex Goad MARS Modular Artificial Reef Structures.

Lenovo - The Smart Moving Platform Beijing Design Week

Lenovo demonstrated the smart running shoes developed with Vibram as part of the Smart Moving Platform at Beijing Design Week 2014.

The innovative sports and leisure shoe concepts are outcomes from the Smart Moving Platform Lab.

The shoes feature a woven fibre optic upper that provides color changing and illumination, illuminated sole regions and vibrating interative feedback for navigation and safety applications. The concept is a platform and partners are invited to collaborate. One potential application is to assist the blind.


Lenovo present the Smart Moving Platform in Beijing China


Lenovo present the Smart Moving Platform in Beijing China


Lenovo and Vibram Smart Moving Platform shoe concepts


Lenovo and Vibram Smart Moving Platform


Australian Design Industry Delegation at the Lenovo and Vibram Smart Moving Platform  - Beijing Design Week 2014

Beijing Design Week - Professor Liu Guanzhong


Professor Liu Guanzhong Tsinghua University industrial design


Tsinghua University Professor Liu Guanzhong and Ian Wong Monash University industrial design at Beijing Design Week Beijing China.


Beijing Design Week 2014 - Design Awards Presentation

The Beijing Design Week Design Awards presentations were held on Thursday September 25th 2014 at the Millennium Monument Beijing China.


Mr Chen Dongliang Beijing Industrial Design Center at the Beijing Design Week Design Awards presentations Beijing China.



Mr Yue Yuan CEO of Horizon Research Consulting Group

Professor Liu Guanzhong Tsinghua University Industrial Design


Professor Liu Guanzhong Tsinghua University Industrial Design


Beijing Design Week Golden Design Award presented by Professor Liu Guanzhong


Beijing Design Week Golden Design Award presented by Professor Liu Guanzhong

Beijing Design Week 2014 - The Los Angeles Project


Dr Rohan Nicol Head of Gold and Silversmithing at Australia National University and Australian Design Alliance President Oliver Kratzer visit The Los Angeles Project at Beijing Design Week 2014.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Beijing Design Week 2014 - Monash Univeristy Industrial Design

ICSID President Dr Brandon Gien featured the award winning environmental design project MARS by Monash University Industrial Design graduate Alex Goad during his presentation at Beijing Design Week 2014. 


Beijing Design Week 2014 presentation by ICSID President Dr Brandon Gien featured the award winning project designed by Monash University Industrial Design graduate Alex Goad.


Beijing Design Week 2014 presentation by ICSID President Dr Brandon Gien featured the award winning project designed by Monash University Industrial Design graduate Alex Goad.

The MARS - Modular Artificial Reef Structure has been designed to help mitigate the growing effects of modern human activity on our marine environments. Unprecedented population growth is putting increased pressure on our oceans, not only because of climate change and pollution, but also because of destructive fishing practices, increased water runoff and dredging. Our irreplaceable coral reefs are some of the most bio-diverse and uniquely fragile eco-systems on the planet, and consequently suffer the quickest and most drastically from this human expansion.


MARS modular artificial reef designed by Alex Goad Monash University industrial design.

MARS is a modular artificial reef structure that can be implanted by divers and tailored to suit the geographical layout of the ocean floor. The MARS units have been designed specifically for coral transplanting, which can quickly help re-grow damaged coral reef areas. The structure can also help to increase the biomass of an area with or without existing reef features. Based on over three years of independent research into suitable materials, MARS is designed to maximise the potential for sustaining ocean environments.


Monday, 29 September 2014

Chris Bangle - Beijing China

Designer Chris Bangle is in Beijing during Beijing Design Week for Create Change presented by Art Center.


BMW designer Chris Bangle in Beijing with Ian Wong Monash University.



Sunday, 28 September 2014

Michael Clifton - Australian Design Industry Delegation

The Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week met with Senior trade commissioner for China Michael Clifton in Beijing this week.


Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week meet with Michael Clifton senior trade commissioner Austrade.

Beijing Design Week - Barcelona in Beijing

Barcelona is the guest city for 2014 at Beijing Design Week.

Barcelona in Beijing opened last night beginning with the procession of the magic horse which led a huge crowd into the huge industrial tank exhibition space.


Barcelona in Beijing - Beijing Design Week
Australian Architect Debbie Ryan director of McBride Charles Ryan at the opening of Barcelona in Beijing.


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona in Beijing China


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona in Beijing China


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona in Beijing China


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona in Beijing China


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona Magic Horse


Beijing Design Week 2014 - Barcelona in Beijing opening

The Guest City program is a key section of BJDW. Every year, one international city is made the protagonist of China’s most influential design event with a series of theme exhibitions, special curatorial projects, and public programs to introduce the world’s creative traditions and histories to local audiences.

The project was born out of the desire to empower a Global Creative Cities Network with the ability to implement visionary solutions to common challenges, build a bridge between Beijing and other international design cities, and also bring the creative and design industries together with commercial resources.

The program is built as a conversation between cities as strategic economic and cultural constructs, and sets forth long-term cooperative frameworks between municipalities under key sectors for commercial, academic and cultural collaboration to foster urban growth. 



Saturday, 27 September 2014

McBride Charles Ryan - Beijing Design Week China

Australian Architect Debbie Ryan is in Beijing China this week as a delegate with the Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week 2014.


Australian Architect Debbie Ryan of McBride Charles Ryan, Ian Wong, and Ken Cato at Beijing Design Week in China


Beijing Design Week China - McBride Charles Ryan Architecture - Monash Univerisity 


Australian Architect Debbie Ryan meets with the Senior Trade Commissioner for Austrade Michael Clifton in Beijing with the Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week.


Beijing Design Week Australian Design Industry delegate - Debbie Ryan - McBride Charles Ryan Architecture


Beijing Design Week 2014 - Barcelona Magic Horse


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona guest city magic horse.


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona magic horse.


Beijing Design Week - Barcelona magic horse.

Beijing Design Week 2014 - Zhu Xiaojie

It was a pleasure to meet up with Zhu Xiaojie whilst attending the Beijing Design Week 2014 opening ceremaony as part of the Australian Design Industry Delegation.

I first met Zhu Xiaojie at Milan design week in 2012 at the Slow Seating - Contemporary Chinese Design exhibition he curated.


Zhu Xiaojie and Ian Wong at Beijing Design Week 2014 opening ceremony.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Beijing Design Week 2014 - Beijing Industrial Design Center


Beijing Design Week - Ms Winnie Gao, Dr Brandon Gien, Mr Vittorio Sun, Mr Chen Dongliang.

Beijing Design Week 2014 - Australian Design Industry Delegation


Beijing Design Week 2014 Australian Design Industry Delegation

The official Australian delegation to Beijing Design Week includes Mr Oliver Kratzer FDIA, Chairman, Australian Design Alliance; Dr Kenneth Cato AO, Chairman and Global Creative Director, Cato Brand Partners Pty Ltd; Dr Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia and President, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design; Ms Kristin McCourtie, Manager and Director Design Foundation; Mr Ian Wong FDIA, Director, Design Institute of Australia; Ms Jess Scully, Vivid Ideas Festival Director; Mr Ian McArthur, Designer and Senior Design Lecturer, UNSW Art & Design; Dr Rohan Nicol, Head of Gold and Silversmithing, Australian National University School of Art; and Ms Debbie Ryan, Founding Principle of McBride Charles Ryan.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Katie Noonan - Beijing China


Katie Noonan performs in Beijing China at the opening of Beijing Green by Australian artist Matthew Joscelyne.