State Library of Queensland launches Design Online

July 6, 2012

The State Library of Queensland launches a new online resource to promote design thinking in the Asia Pacific region.

Above: Bruce Mau speaking at the 2011 Nielson Design Lecture, SLQ

The State Library of Queensland has launched a new online resource promoting the importance of design thinking across broad industries in the Asia Pacific region.

Called Design Online, this new tool has been built to encourage designers, academics and the public to collaborate and share knowledge online. Based on the idea of ‘creative propulsion’, the site will enable individuals to share ideas by authoring content and building on the ideas of others.

State Librarian Janette Wright said design thinking is playing an increasingly important role in addressing complex contemporary problems.

“Last year we welcomed world-leading visionary Bruce Mau to speak at the State Library,” she said. “Bruce has a reputation for interdisciplinary and purpose-driven design innovation, and believes the power of design is boundless and has the capacity to bring positive change on a global scale.

“He challenged us to see the entire world as a design project, encouraging people to look at solving global problems with innovative, home-grown and thoughtful solutions. Design Online is a unique platform that will go a long way to helping achieve this.”

In addition to Design Online, the State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library has also created Design Minds – a complementary educational site allowing public access to design education content, giving educators and students easy access to world-class design projects and activities.

While other state-run design thinking initiatives have fallen victim to funding cuts – including South Australia’s Integrated Design Commission, which will cease its work at the end of the year following state government budget cuts – the Queensland government is continuing its support of the design industry through initiatives such as these.

The Queensland Design Strategy 2020 was launched by the state government in 2009, a strategy to promote the value of design to Queensland businesses, the community and the public sector. The strategy encompasses awards programs, a design council, and a design festival – the Asia Pacific Design Triennial.

For more on Design Online and Design Minds, visit

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