Cover: Heath Killen
Each year, the August issue of Desktop examines education. Issue #296 takes this theme and looks at it as broadly as possible, from the past to the future, from the primary to the tertiary and beyond, and new possible avenues for how we can learn and grow as designers.
Lorena Mercado kicks things off with an essay about the how creative education begins in primary school, and she explains that a diverse and rigorous curriculum is vital for the survival of the design industry, and indeed continued cultural innovation and progression. To cap it off, her two seven year old twin boys provided the editorial illustration!
Suzanne Boccalatte is this issue's featured designer. Boccalatte has one of the most divergent and fascinating backgrounds of any Australian designer, and she speaks here about how life experiences, different careers, and an unbridled curiosity about the world can help fuel a new class of designer that is socially responsible and boundary pushing.
We visit Fabrica for a virtual open-day. Fabrica continues to represent a new approach to design education and research, one that is largely unmatched in the world. With new CEO Dan Hill at the helm, the school continues to grow in relevance and leadership.
Masters & Apprentices is a special feature in which a celebrated, senior Australian designer is paired up with an emerging talent or recent graduate to develop a project together. The 'Master' is tasked with creating a brief for the 'Apprentice' - who is then charged with producing an original work in response. This intensive mentoring program yielded some incredible results.
The team from design conference Sex, Drugs & Helvetica speak with Moon creative director Linda Jukic about new frontiers in design education. They discuss what's good, what's bad, and what's possible in one of the most engaging Interchange pieces yet.
And to cap things off, we asked the big question that everyone wants to know but nobody seems to be asking - 'What is missing from design education today?". Hear responses from the likes of Lucienne Roberts, Steven Heller, Peter Hall, and more.
Find out the meaning of the cover art, get some advice on some of the best books for new students to read (and senior talent to refresh themselves with), take a look at Mark Gowing's amazing posters for the UTS VCD guest lecture series and much more in this very special issue.