exists in isolation.
Every idea, thought, or position has an origin, and often this origin exists in the ideas, thoughts and positions of others.
Design Online creates a shared environment for the design community to come together in the creation of new knowledge centred around design in the Asia Pacific.
Based on a simplified model of creative propulsion, Design Online uses the idea of an ‘article’ as the basis for taking a position on an idea, expanding this position and inviting others to challenge this position through their own article. This model allows knowledge to grow exponentially and in unique and interesting ways.
By facilitating a unique community of industry, academia and the general public, the knowledge developed through Design Online is similarly unique. Design Online embodies a community-lead approach to content where all voices and perspectives are encouraged. To contribute register and start reflecting on the work of others and then create your very own article.
Design Online is delivered and curated by the State Library of Queensland’s Asia Pacific Design Library. The Asia Pacific Design Library is a shared space (physically and digitally) for industry, academia and the public to come together in the generation of new knowledge around design in the Asia Pacific. (more information on the Asia Pacific Design Library at State Library of Queensland)
The Asia Pacific Design Library comprises the following components (right):
Located on Level 2 of the State Library of Queensland building the design lounge hosts the design collection and provides a shared physical space for exhibitions, workshops, design reviews, meetings and research as well as casual browsing and chance encounters.
A shared online space for industry, academia and the public to access, share and create new knowledge related to design in the Asia Pacific.
An inspiring program of world-class, design-related events including lecture series, workshops, exhibitions, design residencies and tours. Programs support community engagement through technology and innovation and focus on expanding opportunities for equal access to library services through online platforms.
A rich collection of physical and digital design resources including books, journals, magazines, models, posters and film. Items purchased for the collection are aligned with the programming themes of Design Pulse and are often based on speaker and user recommendations.
Items considered for inclusion in the design collection are assessed according to four content significance criteria: contemporary, social benefit, innovation, and significance to the Asia Pacific.
Items selected for the design collection are displayed in five key categories:
- Public Places: design disciplines associated with designing the public realm
- Better Living: design of products and services that sustain and improve quality of life
- Communication: graphic design, visual communication, book and editorial design, typography, digital and web-based design
- Design Thinking: history and theory of design, design criticism, education and practice, the strategic value of design in business and innovation
- Fashion: styles, trends, textiles, materials and sustainable fashion