March 3 2019

How open source design is enabling us to be the creator vs the consumer

Over half the global population has access to the internet and the internet of things provides us with a platform to share, to connect and to create. Open source technology has given us the ability to share socially and environmentally progressive ideas and designs in the aim of enabling individuals with the ability to become the creator vs the consumer.

An intimate conversation with forward thinking panellists to explore future trends and the positive impact that open source design coupled with technology offers us to level up for present and future generations.

Topics include environmental design thinking for an evolving world, the commercial revolution for makers, design for urbanisation and growing populations, breaking years of tradition and creating your own products.

Presented by Superlocalstudio and New Romantic

Speakers include:

HY William Chan

Cities, urban design strategist

With architecture and design experience in both the private and public sector, William is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Fellow in sustainable cities with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University's Earth Institute in New York.

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Angela D’Alton

Craft & maker movement, mentor and advisor

Angela has over 25 years of experience covering a myriad of industries, such as communications, training, I.T. and customer service, Angela’s career has provided a wealth of knowledge, skills and the know-how to run a business.

Always passionate about nurturing the creative pursuits of young emerging designers.

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Alexander Symes
Architect and sustainable built environments

A co-founder of Big World Homes, Alexander has designed what’s being billed as Australia’s most progressive, socially driven housing project. 

His architectural practice combines a scientific approach to sustainability, a pragmatic response to budget and function, and a poetic approach to how an environment is experienced. 

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Jesse Adams Stein
Design researcher technological change and industrial craft 

Dr Jesse Adams Stein is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UTS School of Design. She is a design researcher specialising in the relationship between technological change, labour and gender, in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Jesse's current research employs ethnographic and oral history methods to investigate how emerging manufacturing technologies and digital design practices, and the economic structures that drive them, are transforming the social relations of Australian manufacturing, with a particular focus on industrial craft and the continuity of trade skills. In partnership with the National Library of Australia, Jesse initiated the Reshaping Australian Manufacturing Oral History Project in 2017.

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Liane Rossler

Liane Rossler is an artist and designer who has spent the last decade focused on projects that intersect art, design and the environment.

Alongside her solo creative practice, she is founder of Superlocalstudio which inspires collaborative, socially engaged cultural and creative projects for diverse audiences.

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Valentina Zarew
New Romantic

Valentina is an experienced brand, sustainability and collaboration specialist with a penchant for telling good stories about good things. Throughout her career she has founded two small businesses, worked as sustainability manager for H&M Australia and New Zealand and most recently within the tech startup space.

She is passionate about driving collaboration within the industry as a way of igniting innovation, as well as developing tactical ways of good people and brands to tell their story.

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Celebrating its 21st year, Sydney Design Festival 2019 presents events that respond to the theme ACCESSING DESIGN.

‘Through a diverse program of events, Sydney Design Festival champions local, national and international design, and promotes a critical understanding of the impact of design on everyday life and culture.


ACCESSING DESIGN seeks to promote responsive design that gives voice to diverse Sydney communities, and asks designers to broaden the definition of design and expand the dialogue between creative practice, access and inclusivity. ACCESSING DESIGN looks at various concerns including geography, race, gender, and socioeconomic issues. The Festival continues its commitment to Sydney-wide growth, looking beyond the central and established design districts, bringing visibility to new and emerging design areas across greater Sydney.

With an emphasis on the democratisation of design, the Sydney Design Festival is seeking a broad representation and involvement from both established and emerging design practitioners and interdisciplinary creative practices. ACCESSING DESIGN asks the design community to question and contemplate their creative practice:

  • Who are they designing for and how can audiences access this?

  • What is the role of design in creating a more accessible world? How can we all be more open and inclusive with our approach to design?

The 2019 Sydney Design Festival takes place from March 1-10. The Festival provides visitors with an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms. To understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.

The festival aims to:

  • make design accessible and engaging to new audiences

  • showcase work of designers, both emerging and established

  • tackle design challenges and the future of design

  • be inclusive, representative and cross-disciplinary

  • champion process and experimentation, exploring the in-between and collaborative nature of design

More about Sydney Design 2019 here.


Vincent Aiello (Platform Strategy Asia/Broached Commissions), Tonka Andjelkovic (Design Institute of Australia), Catriona Burgess (Frost), Anthony Burke (University of Technology), Lisa Cahill (Australian Design Centre), Kimberly Crofts (MELD Studios), Tom Fereday (Tom Fereday Design), Brandon Gien (Good Design Australia), Tim Horton (Commissioner, Land and Environment Court of NSW), Joanne Jakovich (SOUP – Strategic Open Urban Platform), Kobe Johns (Factory Design District/JP Finsbury Bespoke Joiners), Mark Ian Jones (University of New South Wales Art & Design), Matt Lorrain (SP01 Design), David Mansueto (Design + Industry), Nicole Monks (BlackandWhite Creative), Sarah-Jane Pyke (Arent&Pyke), Liane Rossler (Superlocalstudio), Katrina Sandbach (Western Sydney University), Sasha Titchkosky (Koskela), Stephen Todd (Design Editor for the Australian Financial Review + Life&Leisure), Simon Ward (ustwo).