Leading designers have been challenged by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) to take a step outside of their comfort zone in order to apply their design thinking into new contexts, with ‘Think Outside’, a new talk series.

The three-event series will commence on 17 September and the topic open for discussion will be, ‘How might we design out homelessness’.

Local, national and international designers and design thinkers have been invited to partake in the event, which prompts them to look at problems that are outside of their usual area of expertise in the hope of arousing fresh, and possibly unexpected, solutions.

“Design thinking is becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful process for creatively exploring the challenges of the 21st century, beyond the traditional realm of designing products,” said Christian Duell, Manager of the SLQ Asia Pacific Design Library, who believes it is better to think about design as a way of thinking, a process, rather than just an end product.

“The ‘Think Outside’ series puts this idea into practice. We’re excited to start the series with such a complex issue as homelessness, and are curious to see what ideas our design thinkers come up with,” Duell said.

The design thinkers who will make up the panel include typographer and designer Catherine Griffiths, co-founder of Holloway Eyewear Raffaele Persichetti and QUT Associate Professor Dr Barbara Adkin. Each will have a 10-minute slot in which to present their ideas, setting the platform for discussion and debate focusing on the practical implications of these new ideas.

The ‘Think Outside’ series includes two more one-day events: on 15 October, speakers will explore the challenge of creating sustainable eco-tourism and on 5 November they will analyse the possibilities for a more ethical and sustainable economic system.
When: 17 September, 15 October and 5 November at 6.30pm
Where: SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Tickets: Free – book online

To find out more, visit What’s On at the State Library of Queensland. 


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