A BRIEF CHAT WITH GREG FOYSTER
In 2012, Greg Foyster and his partner Sophie Chishkovsky gave up their day jobs to cycle up the east coast of Australia, from Melbourne to Cairns via Tasmania. Greg’s book, Changing Gears, documents that ride and the many people they met on their journey to find out what it takes to live happily with less. This is what Greg, who’d previously worked in advertising, had to say in Changing Gears on the subject of ‘stuff’.
Design exists within the context of all visual and media arts. Much of the innovation that occurs in design is driven by influences from, references to, or outright appropriation of these arts. The deeper a designer’s knowledge and engagement in developments in the humanities – including in literature and performance – the more they can drive their creativity within a cultural and social alignment.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF E-LEARNING? A CONVERSATION WITH MIKE MACKAY.
I don’t think we’re doing e-learning very well, yet. In fact, as someone who is studying online right now I think I can offer this insight; the current state of e-learning everywhere sucks. That’s right, it’s not just my chosen provider, they’re actually better than most, but it still sucks, big time. “Lots of PDFs to read (yawn), three Discussion Forums (barf) and a bunch of rubrics doth not an engaging e-learning experience make.”
EMMA O’CONNELL | GRAPHIC DESIGNER
I’ve been obsessed with stuff ever since I can remember. My toy collection was where it all began; I had hundreds of Barbies and accessories, millions of soft toys collected from trips to the zoo, and my Beanie Babies collection was out of this world.
ANNA CITELLI & RAOUL BRETZEL
Does the concept of ‘Peak Stuff’ extend even into death? Few of us aim to leave life accompanied by as many possessions as Tutankhamun, but the rituals that accompany the disposal of our bodies involve acquiring yet more stuff that will long outlast us. Italian designers, Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, present us with a gentle and beautiful alternative.
“I DESIGNED AN ART WORKSHOP FOCUSING ON MY STRENGTH, DIGITAL PRINT DESIGN, SPECIFICALLY FOR FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL”
You will find the retail face of The Social Outfit in the inner-Sydney suburb of Newtown. But behind the shopfront showcasing vibrant and highly individual clothing is a successful social enterprise that employs and trains people from refugee and new migrant communities in all aspects of the fashion industry. Ligature Journal spoke with Eloise Rapp, a multi-talented designer who works with the Social Outfit, about the project she created and ran that exemplifies their approach to designing for good.
HOPE OLIVER | GRAPHIC DESIGNER
“I have dyslexia” was something I struggled to say to anyone. It was like saying, “I am stupid”, although I didn’t believe that I was stupid. But I didn’t know if the person I was telling understood what it meant to have dyslexia. I once told a close friend and her response was “I didn’t know you weren’t normal.” She didn’t mean to be cruel, it was just an unfiltered reaction that she immediately regretted.
Cycling culture in Australia has been thriving since the introduction of road bikes, BMX, and the tougher, more mechanically sound bicycles of the seventies and eighties. Bikes that are able to bounce off muddied bumps and thicketed tracks have allowed adventurous cyclists to travel cross-country with minimal concern and maximum sweat.
THE BEGINNING OF A VERY LONG DISTANCE CHAT WITH SARAH KOIK
Sarah Koik is a designer, an educator, a potter, and a creative polymath. What happens when someone with such diverse talents receives an unusual mix of mementos from her grandmother? You get The Grandma Museum.
It has been less than a decade since Michael O’Brien graduated from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In that time, he has used his energies and talents to design an impressive range of products that manage to be elegant, innovative, prize-winning and sustainably produced. He takes designing for good very seriously indeed, focusing on the healthcare needs of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet: premature babies in developing countries.