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Presented as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021

Designing with(in) the mess

WoD Lecture Series

Creating a more inclusive landscape for graphic design.

#worldwewant is an initiative to advance a radical critique to the inequities, lack of representation and established power paradigms both within and caused through design practice, and to support initiatives that aspire to the ‘worldwewant’ through design practice.

The panel discussion “Designing with(in) the Mess” draws on intersectional and decolonial perspectives and counter narratives to explore messy histories, practices, and design discourses excluded from mainstream design history narratives. Too often, the dominant voices of design discourse, the writers of design history, and the gatekeepers of awards favour a voice that is white, male, able bodied and western. Now more than ever, individual designers, design collectives, and design communities are challenging the status quo, and asking how we can create a more inclusive landscape for design practice.

This panel discussion will explore the research and practices of four graphic designers who make space for this important shift towards a design world that is pluralistic and diverse.

Presented by The Capitol and RMIT University School of Design as part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.