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Visitors will need a few hours to explore all that’s on offer at Markit on Sunday 8 May with over 100 independent Australian designers setting up for this unique one-day shopping event. Aptly set within the beautiful Atrium and Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square in Melbourne, the biannual event is known for bringing together a unique line-up of Australia’s hidden creative treasures all under one roof.

Markit draws an eclectic mix of designers out of their workspaces for the day – ceramicists, jewellers, shoemakers, illustrators and micro fashion studios – so that Melbournians can pick up limited-edition designer wares and one-off handmade pieces that won’t be found on any high street. Many of the designers’ products are only available through their online stores and Markit is one of the few places you’ll find them in person. Plus, you’re likely to discover new additions they’ve created especially for Markit!

Everything on offer has a story behind it which you can hear directly from the creators themselves at the event. See the results of designers’ experimentations in alternative mediums or embarking on new creative endeavours – fashion designers creating ceramics, illustrators delving into textiles, experienced crafts-people taking the plunge into launching their own labels, and fine artists creating jewellery or limited-edition prints as a sideline to their arts practice.

Whether you’ll be bringing your mum (it’s on Mother’s Day), your best friend or coming alone to immerse yourself in the inspiring array of creative offerings, we’re sure you won’t go home empty handed!

Start: May 8, 2016
End: May 9, 2016
Venue: Federation Square
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The Atrium and Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Cost: Free

A Meeting Of Words

A celebration of paper, print and the magic of words!

The first showing, from an ongoing body of work, inspired by books and political speeches, uniquely designed and illustrated for a new audience.

A Meeting of Words, a collaboration between Tim Jetis of Cabinet of Wonder and Theo Pettaras of Digitalpress, delves into design, ideas, and civil disobedience through a collection of 26 influential books and historic speeches exploring the relationship between people, cultures and our role in society.

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A series of posters and books engaged with new ideas, where literature and politics have transformed the world. These are works and movements, which disrupt and create new forms of thinking.

Start: April 7, 2016
End: April 7, 2016
Venue: Australian Design Centre
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101-115 Williams Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia

Discover how to build successful products with Pause Fest & General Assembly

Melburnians and Sydney-siders!

General Assembly have teamed up with Pause Fest to present ‘Discover how to build successful products an evening of talks and a panel discussion from leaders and influencers across Melbourne and Sydney from creative and tech industries. Find out how to innovate like a pro and the hurdles you should look out for.

Without creativity or business, technology is for the sake of technology. But with every exciting step forward, there are new consequences, risks and endless opportunities. Digital disruption is both a threat and an opportunity and innovation is no longer optional.

We have brought together Australia’s leading thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and disruptive minds to talk about what it takes to build a successful product or a service and ultimately a business.

The speakers will share their experiences from working with other start-ups or clients and discuss the insights that they discovered that might be super useful to you.

Join us for an evening of lively chat and good libations presented by GA and Pause Fest, make sure you RSVP as spots are limited!

In Sydney:
When: 20 January, Wednesday, 6-8pm
Where: Vibewire (The Common Room), 525 Harris Street Ultimo , NSW, Australia 2007

In Melbourne:
When: 21 Jan, Thursday, 6-8pm
Where: General Assembly Melbourne, 12A, 45 William Street, Melbourne , Australia 3000

About the Presenters

Interactive Creative Director
Clemenger BBDO

Ben Keenan is an integrated copwriter and creative director. He’s led the digital creative offering of M&C Saatchi and presently Clemenger BBDO Melbourne. He’s made everything from ad campaigns to apps. His work has attracted over 20 million sets of eyeballs when you add it up, and won lots of creativity and effectiveness awards along the way. He’s also a passionate teacher, former head of the AWARD School of creative thinking and runs regular creativity, collaboration and writing workshops.

Founder & Creative Director
Pause Fest

George Hedon is the founder and creative director of Australia’s premier creative tech festival Pause Fest. His expertise in design, advertising, festival and events lead him to create award-winning campaigns for Heineken, Leo Burnett, Sony PS and Pause.

Under his creative lead, Pause Fest has attracted major brands, agencies, corporate, local government and he’s hosted 155 international and local thought leaders supporting the growth of Australian born startups and enterprises.

George’s interests are in branding and experiential activations that explore creativity and technology.

Innovation Manager
NAB Labs

Humphrey Laubscher, Innovation Manager of NAB Labs, is part of the team enabling NAB to embrace the digital disruption that is transforming our customers industries while assisting NAB in being an innovation leader.

He is a passionate Digital Innovation consultant with a diverse skill set gained over 14 years of professional consulting including IT architecture, product strategy and agile product development across finance, retail, legal and government sectors.

Humphrey has been at the forefront of digital disruption through his work with Corporate Venture Capital firms, Startup Accelerators, Startup Incubators, Aussie/US Startups and Lean Startup Workshops.

Head of Partnerships

Hannah Field is the Head of Partnerships at Canva, one of Australia’s most exciting startups. She is a passionate believer in building communities in the entrepreneurial space and has previously worked in Silicon Valley for Pandora Internet Radio as well as Dropbox, where she developed their European operations from their Dublin, Ireland office. Prior to joining the software industry, Hannah worked as a freelance musician and headed up the launch of a five-time Grammy Award-nominated contemporary classical music label. She’s very happy to be living in the much warmer and sunnier Sydney, working for a company she believes can truly change the way the world creates and communicates.

Register here.

Start: January 21, 2016
End: January 21, 2016
Cost: Free

Shillington Graduate Exhibitions (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)

Celebrate with us! Come along to see the incredibly diverse range of work produced by our students in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Before Shillington, the majority had never touched the design programs, and yet in just 3 months full-time and 9 months part-time they have the technical and conceptual skills to create a beautiful body of work.

(December 11 2015 at 6pm in all cities)

Start: December 11, 2015 8:00 am
End: December 11, 2015 5:00 pm
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Object Future III

inden New Art is delighted to present Object Future III, showcasing some of Melbourne’s upcoming and celebrated designers.

Opening on Thursday 3rd December, the exhibition is centered on process, an aspect of design that is often over-looked.

Through tracing each designer’s process over 2015 until their piece is ready to be exhibited, Object Future III illustrates the developments of initial ideas, prototypes as well as the subsequent finished product.

Designers exhibiting in Object Future III include Hugh Altschwager, Amos Enders-Moje of Mo-En Design, Kate Stokes and Haslett Grounds of Coco Flip, Hamish Munro, Rosanna Ceravolo and Anna Varendorff.

Start: December 4, 2015
End: February 28, 2016
Venue: Linden New Art
Phone: 03 9534 0099
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26 Acland St, St Kilda, 3182, Melbourne, Australia

Co-Design Close the Gap to your Clients

Public sector service providers and designers have the chance to come together to explore the implementation process of co-design with one of Europe’s leaders in the field, Ingrid van der Wacht of PROUD, from the Netherlands. The seminar and workshop will assist service providers and designers looking for innovative ways to improve the efficiency and user outcomes of public sector services for social innovation. Sharing tangible examples from the PROUD project Europe, Ingrid explore what arises from cross pollination between designers and health and well being planners. Join us on this discovery of Co-Design from Proud, share your experiences and find potential collaborators for your future projects.

Buy your tickets here.

Start: December 1, 2015 12:00 am
End: December 1, 2015 11:00 pm
Venue: RMIT University (City Campus)
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Bowen Lane, Melbourne, Australia
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