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DIAlogues: Alan Boyd & Shane Thompson

July 29, 2010
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The Queensland Branch of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has brought back it’s popular DIAlogues series. Held at Corporate Culture in Fortitude Valley, each seminar features two key design industry speakers and is a great evening in which to catch up with other designers and peers.

The second seminar kicked off last night and featured Alan Boyd who was previously with Herman Miller and now works as a consultant on design issues such as authenticity, sustainability, and ergonomics. He took the position of ‘defending’ design. With the recent launch of the The Authentic Design Alliance (ADA), the heated topic of Replica Vs Real is on everyone’s lips. Alan talked about the imposition of design ethics on design professionals and discussed the current influx of furniture replicas in the Australian market and how this damages the value of design and designers. Poignant in this day of easy access to information on the internet and the immediate and high-quality reproductions now possible through technological advances.

The second speaker was architect Shane Thompson, a Principal at Bligh Voller Nield (BVN) provocatively proclaiming that “designers are wankers” and asked “are you one of them?” Shane talked about self-referencing and asked if designers and architects have become too comfortable with easy options and following the status quo. He certainly got the audience thinking and talking and challenged us to “get real” and stand behind the integrity of our work.

A great night with strong speakers, hot topics and an engaged audience. Contact your local branch of the DIA to stay in the loop with scheduled events. Many thanks to the DIA and all the sponsors for making these events possible.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2010 2:58 PM

    Hello!

    Thanks so much for the mention of Authentic Design Alliance in your review. We’re thrilled that these debates are happening in professional and academic circles. Maintaining integrity in work of any kind is definitely a challenge in the information age.

    We can’t wait to hear more about the insights and arguments that come out of the DIAlogues seminars.

    • August 10, 2010 4:27 PM

      No problems! I’ll be putting up future dates for the DIAlogues events on the sidebar of this blog so people don’t miss out!

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