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A Design Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, Karel
is a globally recognised an d award ed graphic d esigner. Part
of the team that created the Designing Futures agenda of
design body FORM, he says it’s now or never if we want to
unite our design community. Here, he talks of why the State’s
fragmented design scene needs to get it together.
ISSUE design community
estern Australia is enriched by resources. It’s the easy way to make a
dollar. However, it’s not going to last forever and we are not the only
source. We need to ask ourselves: ‘What’s going to happen when the
resources are no longer the centre of the economic equation?’ There
has to be something else to fall back on. As a State, we need to be
clever and encourage growth and identity in other areas.
We need to talk design. Every smart government in the world
is talking about design because they understand that core creative
communities are going to be the next thing to push economies
forward. If you have a collective of creative people, others around
the world want to be around them. They want to be in the place
where amazing things are being created. But if there’s no hub and
nothing happening, that energy is not emitted. To be viewed as a
progressive place is so important. That reputation permeates the
economy on every level, from tourism to manufacturing.
I saw a great example of this [once] on a documentary about how
to keep people in, and attract new people to, our country towns.
There was a story about one town where an innovative dental
company decided to convert a dilapidated building into a highly
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