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Friday, 19 September 2014

Design for Business - Call for Papers

Proposals for research papers and presentations are invited for the upcoming 2015 International Research Conference: Design for Business. This is a leading, doubleblind peer reviewed conference that examines how design as a strategic resource adds value to business.



Please note that by ‘business’ we include commercial and not-for-profit enterprises. Many organizations, including governmental departments, cultural organisations, not-for-profit enterprises, and even cities, have adopted business-style management in order to improve their operations. Also, many increasingly use design thinking approaches in order to better understand their stakeholders, to improve their workplaces, to create new experiences for their clients, to minimize the impact that they have on the environment and increase sustainability, or to improve their services, their distribution, or their manufacturing processes. If you are working or doing research in any of these areas, then we would like to hear from you.

The 2015 program has been updated to include a Round Table Symposium, providing opportunities for completed work and the sharing of work in progress.

About the Research Conference
The Design for Business: Research program presents rigorous academic research examining the role of design in building competitive business advantage. We believe that design led innovation offers strategic advantage that can lead to improved productivity and increased economic prosperity, whether it refers to the development of new business platforms, communication strategies, products or services.

The program is committed to providing an annual platform for researchers in the region. Its aim is to be collegiate and to provide a relevant and meaningful resource to the research community.

By encouraging discourse on design and its benefits to business, we help our stakeholders to further understanding about the role of design in creating value. The material presented at this conference is published globally via Intellect Books and the University of Chicago Press.

Initiated in 2011, this trans-disciplinary conference invites researchers and professionals from Australia and around the world to present their latest studies on the intersection of design and business. All submissions are subjected to a rigorous peer review by a panel of over 100 internationally acclaimed experts.

Design for Business: Research Conference conducted in Melbourne is a key event at the annual Melbourne International Design Week. The program is presented by agIdeas with the State Government of Victoria and in association with Design Matters and Swinburne University of Technology, with support from major Australian universities.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Beijing Industrial Design Center - Design Institute of Australia

Design Institute of Australia director Ian Wong visited the Beijing Industrial Design Center in Beijing China in December 2012 and will return to Beijing next week as part of the Australian Design Industry delegation to Beijing Design Week.


Beijing Industrial Design Center Mr Song Weizu and Ian Wong director of the Design Institute of Australia.


Beijing Industrial Design Center Mr Song Weizu and Ian Wong director of the Design Institute of Australia.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week

Australian design, architecture and creative industries capabilities will be on show in China next week with the Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week taking place from 24-28 September.


Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week

As part of the Australian Government’s ongoing promotion of Australian creative industries in China, the delegation will build links between the Australian and Chinese industries, and promote Australian design, architecture, creativity and urbanism in China.

Beijing Design Week is a citywide event co-hosted by the Municipal Government of Beijing, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science & Technology, and the Ministry of Culture to nurture a culture of design in China and provide a platform for international designers, institutions, and organisations to share ideas.

Over the course of five days, the Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week will take part in a packed program of events, meetings and briefing sessions with Australian and Chinese industry counterparts, attend design industry forums and discussions, and participate in Beijing Design Week’s series of projects and exhibitions.

The official Australian delegation to Beijing Design Week includes Mr Oliver Kratzer FDIA, Chairman, Australian Design Alliance; Dr Kenneth Cato AO, Chairman and Global Creative Director, Cato Brand Partners Pty Ltd; Dr Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Australia and President, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design; Ms Kristin McCourtie, Manager and Director Design Foundation; Mr Ian Wong FDIA, Director, Design Institute of Australia; Ms Jess Scully, Vivid Ideas Festival Director; Mr Ian McArthur, Designer and Senior Design Lecturer, UNSW Art & Design; Dr Rohan Nicol, Head of Gold and Silversmithing, Australian National University School of Art; and Ms Debbie Ryan, Founding Principle of McBride Charles Ryan.


Oliver Kratzer - Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week


Dr Kenneth Cato AO - Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week
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Dr Brandon Gien - Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week


Ian Wong - Australian Design Industry Delegation to Beijing Design Week

Further information on Beijing Design Week is available at: http://www.beijingdesignweek.org/

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Apple watch - Marc Newson and Jony Ive

Australian designer Marc Newson was front and centre with Jony Ive at the launch of the Apple watch in Cupertino. Apple co-founder Steve Wazniak was also close to the action to celebrate the dawn of the wearable era for Apple.


Jony Ive, Marc Newson and Steve Wazniak at the launch of the Apple watch.


Apple watch


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Monash University - Innovation in China

Monash Univeristy graduates deliver innovation in China.


Designed in China - Monash University

Master of Industrial Design students from the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou) are currently exhibiting innovative prototypes of autonomous delivery robots and drones at the Suzhou campus. The exhibition of twenty nine graduate projects also includes C-Breeze a cloud based window air filtering and monitoring system, iBay-B an autonomous baby stroller and GEEN an interior screen and air filtering concept. 'The working prototypes and smart phone apps are outstanding outcomes from our double masters program with SouthEast University' said Ian Wong Program Director - Master of Industrial Design Monash Univeristy. "The design research conducted in China by the students focussed on innovation and new concepts designed in China.

The Master of Industrial Design is one of five programs currently offered at the Southeast Univeristy-Monash Univeristy Joint Graduate School (Suzhou).



Designed in China - C-Breeze innovative Window Air Purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.


Master of Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition - Suzhou China Sept 2014
iBay-B autonomous baby stroller designed by Ivy - Wenqian Sun


Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.


Designed in China - Drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.




Dr Ethan Wang, Professor Xue Chenqu, Ian Wong, Andrew Wong, and Dr Wang Haiyan at the Master of Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition Suzhou China.

More MID Exhibition posts here.


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Designed in China - Autonomous logistic robot

Monash graduates deliver innovation in China.

Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James designs a working prototype and smart phone app for an autonomous logistics robot. The growth of e-commerce and online purchases in China has led to an explosion in the delivery of small parcels direct to the individual.  

The autonomous logistics robot takes delivery at reception from the courier and then navigates internally in a building to your location.


Designed in China - Autonomous logistics robot designed by Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James


Designed in China - Autonomous logistics robot designed by Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James


Designed in China - Autonomous logistics robot designed by Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James


Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James demonstrates the working prototype robot and working smart phone app.


Testing the app coding.


Assembling and testing electronics.


Assembling the working prototype.


e-commerce explosion in China.


Master of Industrial Design student Guo Feng - James and Program Director Ian Wong from Monash University.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


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Designed in China - C-Breeze innovative Window Air Purifier

Breathe is the topic chosen by Baoling Yang for her Master of Industrial Design major project

C-Breeze is an innovative Cloud controlled Solar powered Window Air Purifier system for the emerging smart home market. The app to drive the system was produced as a working prototype.


Designed in China - C-Breeze innovative Window Air Purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.

C-Breeze Window Air Purifier is an innovative window system with built in air purification. It ensures fresh air in every room as it purifies external polluted air before it enters the room, and releases anions and emits UV light to purify all existing room air. The exterior window surface is made of solar panels to convert solar energy to electricity and power the purifier. A number of hexagonal structural panels are glazed to let in sunlight. Six larger panels can rotate for ventilation and to allow for greater solar collecting efficiency. C-Breeze utilizes the innovative fan free ionic wind technology so it is whisper quiet when working. Users can control it by a keypad on the window frame or remotely by an app on the smartphone.


Exploded view c-Breeze Innovative Window Air Purifier system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.



Designed in China - C-Breeze Innovative Window Air Purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Baoling Yang Snow.




C-Breeze logo






Video link below. http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNzU5NDg2NTI4.html

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

More 2014 Major Projects here


Designed in China - Interactive social media bedside lamp


Designed in China - Interactive social media bedside lamp designed by Master of Industrial Design student Shuijing Cao


Concept sketches for interactive social media bedside lamp designed by Master of Industrial Design student Shuijing Cao

Inspiration image board for interactive social media bedside lamp designed by Master of Industrial Design student Shuijing Cao

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。



Designed in China - Drone delivery system

Designed in China this innovative design service system operates as a community service to high rise communities in China. Like a flying mailbox the drone will deliver items from local retailers to apartments 24/7.  Medicine delivery in particular for the elderly or young parents would be a priority.


Designed in China - Drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.



Designed in China - Drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.



Concept sketches for drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.


Concept sketches for drone delivery system designed by Master of Industrial Design student Zeming Hu Jack.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。


Designed in China - Air purifier


Designed in China - Air purifier designed by Master of Industrial Design student Sun Jun

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

More 2014 Major Projects here

Monday, 1 September 2014

Designed in China - Master of Industrial Design Suzhou China


Master of Industrial Design - MADA Monash Art Design & Architecture

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。


Designed in China - GEEN air purifier screens Yunfei Long

Designed in China GEEN is an innovative air puriifier and screen.

The concept GEEN is pronounced like three Chinese words: 境 (view), 景 (scene), 净(clean). The word also looks like “GREEN” which is the key objective of this research project to improve air quality in China.


Design research for forms included studies of classical chinese gardens and architecture as well as chinese painting and calligraphy. The bonsai placed in the flowerpot and the air purifier incorporated would clean the interior air providing visual and physical comfort. This product can be placed both in commercial interiors like hotel lobbies or individuals’ apartments. 


Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.



Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.


Geen concept inspired by three chinese characters.


World famous Suzhou gardens visited as part of design research for Geen project


Designed in China - GEEN air purifying screens designed by Master of Industrial Design student Yunfei Long.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

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Designed in China - Innovative educational toy Kai Fang

Connectivity to parents for millions of 'left behind' children was the inspiration for an innovative cloud connected educational toy concept by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.

The concept utilises popular voice recording features of cloud based social media apps like WeChat to allow parents to read stories and connect. Children can talk to the toy and leave messages for parents.


Designed in China - innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.

Rapid economic development throughout the world has caused a rich poor gap that has forced millions of workers to emigrate from the rural areas to the cities. This has created millions of children left behind in the rural areas under the care of relatives, mostly grandparents with little or no education, family friends, or having to take care of themselves. 


Often, the caretakers do not have the physical ability, financial means nor possess the knowledge needed to take care of these children. In China alone, there are 61 million children; 40% of these children are under age 5. 70% of these left behind children in China do not get to see their parents annually. 


Designed in China - innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.


Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.


 Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.



Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.


Concept sketches for innovative cloud connected educational toy for rural chinese 'left behind' children designed by Master of Industrial Design student Kai Fang.

The Master of Industrial Design is a two year Double Masters program offered at the  Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School (Suzhou). The project is part of MDC5100 offered by Monash University Art Design and Architecture - MADA.

Students interested in the Master of Industrial Design (Double Masters) delivered in Suzhou should contact ian.wong@monash.edu

Full course details on SEU website here. http://yzb.seu.edu.cn/s/352/t/1754/09/b2/info68018.htm


学习工业设计。

More 2014 Major Projects here