Melbourne International Design Week Opens

11 May 2015

Leading minds from the local, national and international design sector have converged on Melbourne for Design Matters: Melbourne International Design Week 2015.

Speaking at the opening at Melbourne Town Hall, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley confirmed the Andrews Labor Government’s support for Melbourne International Design Week, as part of a $1.5 million plan to support the industry.

It is one of three signature design programs to be supported in 2016, alongside the Premier’s Design Awards and MPavilion.

A celebration of the role design plays in everyday life, Melbourne International Design Week 2015 brings together local and international designers from across all disciplines.

International guests for 2015 include designers from Twitter and Pinterest; San Francisco Design Week; and Los Angeles-based GNOMON School of Visual Effects, which has worked on Academy Award winning films and Triple A games, including Tomb Raider, Lord of the Rings, Avatar and Star Trek.

The 2015 program features 39 events including forums, master classes, conferences and a business events program that will highlight the benefits design can bring to the broader business sector.

There are also events dedicated to the next generation of designers, including Design Futures, an expo for secondary school students seeking a career in the design industry, and Top Designs, the annual showcase of Victoria’s top VCE and VET Design students at Melbourne Museum.

Design Matters: Melbourne International Design Week runs until 18 May. For full program details visit:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

“Victoria’s creative industries lead the way in design. We’re supporting businesses to innovate and think of new ideas, which will drive growth and create jobs now and into the future.”

“We’re funding Melbourne International Design Week, which promotes our local design talent and explores trends and opportunities in design from across the globe.”

“The Andrews Labor Government will be exploring further ways to ensure Victoria is at the forefront of design as we develop our first creative industries strategy.”

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