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Melbourne International Design Week 2015 Highlights

Emily Umstad

Fri May 08 2015


GET ready to be inspired and amazed at the Melbourne International Design Week, which offers a variety of tours, exhibitions and forums to celebrate excellence in design! Emily Umstad has more.


Kicking off May 11, Melbourne International Design Week celebrates contributions made by various design communities to Melbourne’s rich and diverse culture.

Boasting an enormous line-up of talented designers and artists from around the globe, this year’s event has everything from video games to historic architecture to get you excited about design!

Designing the ‘Local’: Cafés as the Modern Living Room

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Indulge in an amazing dining experience at one of Melbourne favourite cafés, and hear from some of the experts as they go into detail about the creative process that goes into designing Melbourne’s cafés.

The event at South of Johnston – hosted by designer Simon Carver – will feature designers from various backgrounds including interior design, architecture and graphic design. They will elaborate on what it takes to create a space that both has an atmosphere of life and allows customers to engage.

The event will be held at 46 Oxford St, Collingwood on May 15 and costs $50. This includes dinner and matching wine.

To book yourself a seat, visit the event’s page over at Eventbrite

‘Visions of Dreamland’ Exhibition 

An experience for all five senses, Visions of Dreamland is a multi-faceted, immersive exhibition designed at tapping into the unconscious mind.

The exploration of dreams and visualisations – features that connect us all as a human – is a central theme of this fantastical display.

In its effort to captivate and inspire, the exhibition is unique in its use on art, furniture and other installations.

This free exhibition opens from May 14 at the Hogan Gallery, 310 Smith St, Collingwood.

For more information, please visit the event’s page over at Design Week’s website.

Castaway with Neil Huxley

Those studying in the areas of special effects or computer animation may want to check out one of Design Week’s most interesting personalities.

Get the chance to hear from the one and only Neil Huxley, creative director of Digital Domain – one of the world’s most acclaimed design agencies to have worked on some of the world’s most popular films including Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009).

Huxley will be appearing at ACMI as part of the institution’s ongoing Castaway series of talks. He will not only discuss his career working in film, but also his experience in video game design. His video game credits include Transfomers: The Fall of Cybertron, Mad Max, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3 and Assassin’s Creed.

The event is a one-off and will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at 7.00pm. Tickets for students are $13.

Check out ACMI’s official website for more information on this informative talk.