Designing for Access

Nina Drakalovic and Rebecca Lourey |


When a design festival publishes a theme and invites contributions the simple option for participants is to look at what they have done, and talk about that. The more challenging route is to take that theme and attempt something new, to look forward rather than backwards. Digital agency ustwo decided to take the theme of this year’s Sydney Design Festival as a springboard to look forward and be challenged by addressing the needs of some extreme users.

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Emerging Designers: Sally Leung & Stellar Leuna

Sally Leung | Designer/Maker |
Stellar Leuna | Illustrator |


Two sisters. Twins no less. Both very creative. Both with the same history of interests but both expressing themselves in different creative fields. Ligature Journal caught up with jewellery designer Sally Leung and illustrator Stellar Leuna to find out what makes them tick.

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The Question: Influence of place on designers

Designer's influenced by place

It’s no secret that the people of Australia come from nearly 200 countries and represent more than 300 ethnic ancestries. Whether you were born here or had at least one parent born overseas, you are not only influenced by the place you live in but also by the place that your parents had once called home.

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Please Do Not Touch

Jane Connory | Designer/Educator/National Head of Communications DIA



As Jane Connory says in her opening sentence the Venice Biennale is a feast for all five senses. However, nine words set inconsistently in a number of typefaces, five in Italian and four in English repeated ad nauseum present a serious inhibitor to one of those senses, touch.

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Arthur Koutoulas on Touch

Arthur Koutoulas | Interior Design Consultant



Each and every material has its own unique finish, inherent colour and texture. In commercial interiors your selection of materials is driven by the concept/scheme and whether it is fit for purpose. The material is the physical link to the environment and is the tangible link to telling a story. The material gives the environment depth, texture and layers. The material is the physical manifestation of the vision. It allows the user to touch!

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Plastic: The Lightest Touch of All

Eliza McAlister |  Design in Fashion & Textiles, Creative Intelligence & Innovation


Plastic: The lightest touch


Plastics have dominated the consumer marketplace since their commercial development in the 1930s and today the extensive use of plastics is well established in western civilisation. Plastics are ubiquitous in industry and have properties that make them desirable in the production of a range of products. While plastics have had a substantial impact on all areas of society they have also been detrimental to the environment. One significant area of concern is the invisibility of plastics which have now become inconspicuous as everyday products. To raise awareness of how plastics touch all areas of society it is essential to increase empathy for the victims of plastic pollution, raise awareness and encourage consumers to influence governments and business.

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Simplicity with Kevin Finn

Kevin Finn | Graphic Designer


Keeping things simple sounds so easy. But it’s not. It’s incredibly difficult to achieve successfully, and it can be even harder to maintain over the long-term. Oftentimes, simplicity is dismissed as being obvious. We assess the outcome and judge the results as something a child could do, equating ‘simplicity’ with ‘easy’. But that undervalues simplicity and overlooks the process.

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Cameron Tonkinwise | Philosopher & Design Educator

A violin is a fairly simple device: four strings suspended over a wooden box that amplifies the vibrations of the strings as they are bowed. A violin is not, however, a simple device to play well. It is complex and difficult to bow the strings in just the right way to make the strings sing; to hold down the strings with your fingers at precise points so that an exact pitch is vibrated from the strings; and then to coordinate your fingers as your bow leaps from one string to another to make a striking melody.

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Just Breathe

Liam Carver | Designer

I went to Taiwan to attend a Buddhist Monastic Retreat.

It was a great chance to escape life and do what I thought I really wanted to do, hide away from the world in a monastery for the rest of my days. Little did I know I’d stumble upon one of the greatest things I’ve ever learnt, and I’d never have guessed it’d come about the way it did;

In a 7-day Intensive Meditation Retreat.

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Lateral Creative Disruptors


Anyone involved in creation for work or play, designers, artists, musicians, architects, engineers and the like will at one time or another will face a block, a creative block. it might be complete, the proverbial blank sheet of paper on which ideas refuse to appear, think Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in the The Shining, or it might be a single track, train of thought, line of reasoning that obviously leading nowhere is nevertheless somehow inescapable.

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