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August 14, 2016

Chris Free joins Melbourne Indesign panel

Melbourne Indesign August 2016

On Saturday 13 August, Design Associate Chris Free joined the 'Digital Disruptors in Design' panel at Melbourne Indesign 2016.

Hosted by V-ZUG and Cosentino, the panel discussed the vast and varied impacts of digital technology on design.

From education and learning through to everyday design process and practice, the multi-discipline panel considered how the digital revolution is changing the face of design. They discussed how the industry is evolving to combat challenges and embrace opportunities and, in the age of handsfree, how designers can maintain the personal touch that is so essential to the process.

Drawing upon his strong design background across both workplace and education environments, Chris highlighted the need for low-tech collaborative hubs in addition to the increasing high tech-enabled spaces. "It's about supporting basic human interaction within both workplace and education sectors," he explained. "That's how we'll be able to combat the challenges of a digitally disrupted world." Chris also discussed the experimental work Unispace has been doing around VR, AI, wearables and robotics.  

Chris was joined on the Digital Disruptors in Design panel by:

  • Shane Nagle, Learning Advisor, Swinburne Online
  • Samantha Eades, Design Director, The Stylesmith
  • Simon Goodrich, Founder, Portable

Alice Blackwood, Melbourne Editor, Indesign Media, moderated the panel.

Celebrating the best the design industry has to offer, Melbourne Indesign 2016 included events and talks, exhibits, pop-up spaces, transformed showrooms and design trails held between 12 and 13 August.

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