In Summary

A national poster exhibition will be held at Swinburne University of Technology this week, to help celebrate Melbourne International Design Week.

Officially opening on Wednesday 13 May, the exhibition will showcase posters and manifestos from students enrolled in design courses across Australia, who had to respond to a brief ‘Design, what is it good for?’

Run in conjunction with the University of Newcastle and RMIT, the exhibition stimulates debate by exploring issues of social responsibility and personal accountability in the field of visual communication.

With 35 shortlisted posters and manifestos on display, this socially conscious design exhibition will invite people from around Melbourne to explore the different responses to the brief, as well as consider their own responses to what design is good for.

Swinburne Academic Director of External Engagement (Design), Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek, said that the exhibition provided students with a place to immerse themselves in the meaning of design.

"As design students prepare to enter the ‘real world of design’ it is time to reflect and evaluate their role as future creative producers and the difference design makes”, Dr Edwards-Vandenhoek said.

“The Design, What is it Good for? Exhibition also provides the viewing public with the opportunity to consider the transformative agency of design in their own lives. It is a potentially powerful platform for change.”

Swinburne’s Dean of Design, Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside, said that Swinburne was a great place to host a design exhibition.

“Swinburne is one of the best design schools in the world. Recently we were named in the top 100 by the QS University Rankings of Universities by Subject, in the Art and Design category. This demonstrates the strength of our programs and alumni.”

The official launch will  include an awards ceremony for the poster exhibition, which will be judged by an international panel of designers. There will also be a digital screening of the works at the RMIT Design Hub throughout the week.

Event details 

Monday 11 May - Friday 15 May, 10am-5pm
Atrium, Level 3, AMDC, Hawthorn Campus 

Official opening event
Wednesday 13 May, 7.30pm
Atrium, Level 3, AMDC, Hawthorn Campus
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