State of Design Festival

March 7, 2011

Victoria’s annual State of Design Festival returns this July, with trade and public events including Design:Made:Trade, Design for Everyone and Design Capital.

The Victorian Government’s State of Design Festival returns in 2011, running at venues across Melbourne and regional Victoria from 20-31 July with the theme ‘Design That Moves’.

State of Design promotes the value of design to a broad audience, comprising trade and public events. The festival first took place in 2004 and is now Victoria’s largest design event. State of Design promotes the role of the design profession in sustainable development, improving the city and supporting economic growth.

In keeping with the ‘Design That Moves’ theme, the festival will focus on design projects that are transformative, mobile and networked. Events will be presented in transitional zones such as foyers, playforms, stairs and revitalised spaces to explore how design can make the city more active. How does design affect our experience of objects and environments? The 2011 festival will examine motion and emotion in the context of design.

State of Design’s public program, *Design for Everyone*, comprises exhibitions, talks, family events, activities and discussions. Some events are free. Design for Everyone runs at venues across Melbourne and regional Victoria from 20-31 July 2011.

The business and trade program is made up of two parts. *Design:Made:Trade* is a four-day exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, promoting the work of furniture, fashion and industrial designers. A number of public events will be held at this venue – making Design:Made:Trade a key component of the festival. Applications to participate in this event are currently being accepted – for details, contact Keith Knox on 03 9654 7773. *Design:Made:Trade* runs 21-24 July 2011 at the Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053.

The second trade event is *Design for Business* – including talks from local and international design industry leaders and thinkers. Workshops, activities and talks will provide practical solutions to businesses looking to incorporate design into their strategy. A new addition this year is the online television station, which will feature three channels showcasing successful business and design collaborations.

For full details about State of Design and the complete program of events, go to ["www.stateofdesign.com.au":http://www.stateofdesign.com.au/]

*Image* 2010 Paper Plane Academy outside the Royal Exhibition Building.

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