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Bunjilaka Melbourne Museum - First Peoples Exhibition (Melbourne)

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Monday, December 29, 2014

The gallery will reopen to the public on 7 September 2013 with an exciting new exhibition, First Peoples.Told through the voices of Victoria’s First Peoples, and utilising cutting-edge multimedia, Aboriginal language, artifacts and contemporary artworks, First Peoples will tell the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today.

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DMI - Design Management in an Era of Disruption (London)

Monday, December 2, 2013 - Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Design Management Institute has issued a call for papers for the 19th Academic Design Management Conference to be held in London, UK September 2-4, 2014. The theme of the conference is Design Management in an Era of Disruption. Shifts in the ways that products and services are designed, made and distributed have changed the role of the designer. The conference will explore how design management is changing in this era of disruption. Abstracts due January 15th, 2014

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Australian Copyright Council - Seminar Series (National)

Monday, March 31, 2014 - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Australian Copyright Council will be running a series of national seminars throughout 2014. Offering a range of practical and informative seminars on Australian copyright law to assist creators and consumers in dealing with copyright material in the digital age.

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Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 (Melbourne)

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Sunday, September 7, 2014

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 celebrates Melbourne as an internationally-recognised fashion and design capital. MSFW 2014 events provide a wonderful opportunity for established and emerging local designers, brands and retailers to present new season looks.

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drink dine design - emerging designer award 2014 (South Australia)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Focusing on South Australia’s reputation for great food, wine and dining experiences, the award calls for innovative and exciting product design ideas to enhance the experience of consuming food and wine. The $3,000 award is open to emerging designers anywhere in the world who have completed a design training or study program in South Australia in the last five years or who are currently completing one.

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ENLIGHTENMENT: The Basics Of Efficient Lighting (National)

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Thursday, November 20, 2014

IES: The Lighting Society presents an introductory lighting course to equip participants with a knowledge of energy efficient lighting, to be delivered by a combination of face-to-face teaching and online assessment and revision. The course consists of three face-to-face seminar days, usually on three consecutive weeks. Visit the website for dates and locations.

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Paris Design Week 2014 (Paris)

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014

As part of PARIS DESIGN WEEK 2014 coming up September 6-13, the organisers have just announced the call for projects now! le Off - RADO STAR PRIZE 2014. In partnership with Rado, this design platform aims to support young designers by offering them the opportunity to exhibit their creations during PARIS DESIGN WEEK at the Cité de la Mode et du Design - Les Docks. All selected designers will automatically participate in the RADO STAR PRIZE FRANCE 2014. The Jury prize will include a contribution of 5 000 euros for the development of the winning project which best represents the theme: SHARING. Deadline for entering is June 20, 2014.

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The Design Business Council workshops (National)

Monday, September 8, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014

The DBC workshops introduce a range of business tools devised specifically for a design studio. These tools are introduced and demonstrated in the workshop. Attendees are then mentored to help them apply the tools to their studio. Next to workshops are "Selling design value to clients" and "Proving return on design investment". For specific dates and locations visit the website.

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International Speaker Tour / Jonathan Ellery (Sydney)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jonathan Ellery - ‘Be Fearful of Mediocrity’. Well-known throughout the design industry as the Founder and Creative Director of the award winning studio Browns UK, many of us are intrigued by the workings of Jonathan Ellery the artist and the balance between his studio work and his art.

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Design Chain Conference (Amsterdam)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Thursday, September 18, 2014

Design Chain 2014 will include a breadth of sessions offering an insight into the practical and technical innovation aspects of the design chain in today’s plastics arena. Looking not only at the designer’s use of plastics, but also the manufacturing, supply chain and project management issues that product designers have to deal with.

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Creative³ (Brisbane)

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014

Creative³ Forum is a full two-day experience encompassing a series of dynamic presentations from the world’s leading creative game changers and entrepreneurs that offer real-world insight into the mechanics of creativity, enterprise and investment. With a blend of interactive sessions, keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, networking events and evening festivities, Creative³ is designed to spark collaboration and inspire individuals to execute their ideas.

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Scandinavian Design Tour (Stockholm and Copenhagen)

Monday, September 22, 2014 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Not many countries can claim to be the home of modern design, but Sweden and Denmark are two countries in which design is absolutely inherent in their culture and their way of living. We have designed this new tour with a focus on Stockholm and Copenhagen as key Scandinavian design centres where we can explore a variety of artistic and cultural activities.

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dmi: Design Leadership Conference 2014 (Boston)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Innovation labs are creating ideas to address social, environmental, and business problems in exciting new ways. By leveraging data, behaviors, digital technologies, and rapid-prototyping, designers are poised to create new experiences, products, and services at unprecedented speed. Over a two-day period at Lab Culture, innovative leaders will share case studies, stories and insights from Maker and Media Labs, Brand Experience Labs, Incubators, Venture Capital, Robotics, Learning Labs, and Game cultures.

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Belgrade Design Week 2014 (Belgrade)

Monday, October 6, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014

The topic of this year’s conference is SENSE SQUARED, and in BDW’s nonpareil fashion, we will once again present the global and regional “Greatest Creative Minds of the 21st Century” in the fields of architecture, advertising, branding, business, communication, digital, design, film, fashion, publishing and entrepreneurship.

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2014 CHASS National Forum (Melbourne)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Thursday, October 9, 2014

This year's Forum Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the Public Good will be held at the University of Melbourne on 8 & 9 October. Over the course of two days, academics, researchers, political leaders, policy makers and arts practitioners will explore, debate and develop future strategies for the humanities, arts and social sciences to contribute to public good.

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WDC Cape Town 2014 International Design House Exhibition (South Africa)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Sunday, October 19, 2014

We are pleased to inform you of this exciting opportunity to participate in one of the signature events of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. We hope you will consider bringing your City/Region's story to Cape Town as part of the Design House "Transforming Cities" Exhibition and participate in a global conversation on how we use design to make our cities more liveable. Please register your interest to participate by 9th June 2014. The deadline for exhibition bookings is Monday 18 August 2014.

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DesignThinkers Conference 2014 (Toronto)

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Friday, November 7, 2014

DesignThinkers is Canada’s premier conference for communication designers and strategists, advertisers and brand managers who believe that design is critical to effective, memorable communication and marketing. The conference features visionaries from the worlds of advertising, film, TV, retail, publishing, branding, type, infographics, social media and government.

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AGDA Design Awards (Hobart)

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014

Since 1992, the AGDA Design Awards have been Australia’s barometer for creative excellence. The awards have grown inexorably across the event’s twenty year history, much like the organisation itself. This year the awards have been given a thorough shakeup, to be more relevant to how we work in today’s environment. Entries close Friday 1st August 5pm AEST.

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DesignEd Asia Conference (Hong Kong)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Hong Kong Design Institute (member of VTC Group) and Hong Kong Design Centre jointly present the tenth DesignEd Asia Conference. The Conference aims to provide a practical platform for international design educators and professionals to share views, knowledge and experiences on Design Education. It continues to draw hundreds of international design educators, design researchers, practicing designers, design students, and design-related executives.

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2015 International Design Congress and 26 Icograda General Assembly (Gwangju, South Korea)

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - Friday, October 23, 2015

The theme of the Congress will be "Design Connects". It is intended to enhance Gwangju’s current and future position as a major international ‘City of Design’, and to further promote positive exchanges and liaison between various international design entities to establish fruitful collaborations and provide innovative design platforms for diverse stakeholders. The 26 Icograda General Assembly and Icograda member-category Platform Meetings will be conducted in alignment with the Congress.

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