How we design, produce, consume and interact is being rapidly altered, fuelled by a wave of new technologies and platforms.

We are witnessing a democratisation of design as the borders between designer, producer and consumer are being dissolved. These changes open up endless possibilities for innovative design practice and public participation while also shattering long-standing production and design methods.

At a time when the only thing that remains constant is change, Sydney Design 2014 celebrates the myriad of exciting ways designers and producers are harnessing this new technological revolution.

2014 sees Sydney Design return for its 18th year making it one of the world’s longest running design festivals. This year’s program brings together an exciting array of contemporary design, change makers, practitioners and exhibitions, drawn from across Sydney’s creative industries. Join us to see how Sydney’s design community are transforming our Design Futures and reflect on how you might help shape this transformation.

Sydney Design – a brief history

Sydney Design is one of the few design festivals in the world produced and managed by a Museum and has grown to become a key event on the design industry’s calendar.

From its modest beginnings in 1997 to an international focus in 2002 with the launch of the first ever retrospective of the work of designer Marc Newson, Sydney Design has always been about promoting a critical understanding of design in the way it impacts everyday life and culture.

Featured participants have included luminaries such as Renny Ramakers, Shigeru Ban, Ron Arad, Richard Seymour, Ross Lovegrove, Paul Simmons, Matali Crasset and Giovanna Castiglioni.

Sydney Design would not be possible without a large team of people across the Powerhouse Museum and without the enthusiasm and passion of the Sydney design community.

The Sydney Design Team:

Janson Hews, Manager, Contemporary Programs
Athalie Moedjoko, Producer, Contemporary Programs (citywide programs)
Rita Orsini, Producer, Contemporary Programs (citywide programs)
Deborah Vaughan, Producer, Contemporary Programs (Museum programs)
Rita Bila, Producer, Contemporary Programs (social media)
Kaho Cheung, Online Application Developer
Luke Dearnley, Manager, Web & Social Technologies

Initial design and concept by Churchward/Melhuish