Last Tuesday night as the sun set, Sydney-siders donned their 3D glasses and ventured into a back lane of the CBD for a night of visual feasting. ‘Visual symposium: in the mist of knowing’ was a one night only snapshot of design research practice. Part of the Powerhouse Museum’s ‘Sydney Design’ and presented by UNSW BE’s Design Research Collaboration, the exhibition was a curated collection of 20 industry and academic designers’ work transformed into a 3D visual symposium.

The Design Research Collaboration, DO, at UNSW BE aims to achieve research excellence through collaborative design-based research. Their intention is to enable long lasting partnership between industry, practice, research and creativity. For DO’s Dr Hank Haeusler this exhibition exemplified this intention.

“Our event showcased the large variety of design research projects within the Faculty, spanning technology to community engagement and public art. Through the platform of Sydney Design we have demonstrated how design research can have a starting point in industry projects and find an end point in public engagement and exhibition,” he said.

The 2nd issue of the IDEN journal also launched on the night to a receptive crowd of over 70 design research enthusiasts and industry colleagues.

Katrina Simon, Briedy Mahar, Bruce Judd, Alec Tzannes, Margaret Noonan at event.
Image credit  - Bryce Beard

Ainslie Murray, Rina Bernabei, Nicole Gardner, UTS, Briedy Mahar
Image credit: Bryce Beard

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