Designing Bright Futures

21 November 2019 - 22 January 2020

Designing Bright Futures 2019 presents exciting new work by emerging design practitioners. These new designers consider social and environmental impacts and speak to their vision of what it means to be a designer today. 

An exhibition celebrating the optimism, ideas and ambitions of the next generation of designers and makers, Designing Bright Futures continues Australian Design Centre’s commitment to supporting the work of makers and designers at every stage of their careers.

As Designing Bright Futures is now in its fourth year we decided to include a selection of designers from previous years to see what they have been up to post-university.

The designers are: 
Maria Adriano, Sofia Echesortu, Blake Griffiths, Sunny Lei, Forough Najarbehbahani, Olivia Spark, Ivana Taylor, Yanting Zhan. 

These young designers are grappling with what it means to be a designer in a time when we are all contemplating the big issues such as climate change, urban growth, minimisation of waste, ageing populations and reconciling our Indigenous heritage and colonial past. A focus on these issues is liberating design from its commercial role in the industrial age and redefining it as a discipline of resourcefulness, instinct and ingenuity. 

The designers were selected by a curatorial panel: ADC’s CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Cahill, UNSW Art & Design’s Stephen Goddard and designer Elliat Rich.

Designing Bright Futures events:

Opening night
Join us for the opening celebrations of Designing Bright Futures 2019.
When: Thursday 21 November, 6 -8pm
Free event, bookings required.
RSVP here

Explore previous Designing Bright Futures exhibitions here: 2016 | 2017 | 2018

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Images: L-R: Sofia Echesortu, Battery Powered Performance, 2019; Sunny Lei, Assembling Offcuts Publication Prototype, 2019; Forough Najarbehbahani, Demarcation - After Interaction, 2019. Photos courtesy of the artists.