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16 March 2018

Gaze into the future of Australian contemporary design with Top Designs 2018, now open at Melbourne Museum.

Emma Lucas, Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Top Designs 2018

Emma Lucas, Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Top Designs 2018

With a selection of work from Victoria’s best and brightest VCE and VET design students, the exhibition celebrates the next generation of designers, filmmakers, engineers, scientists, architects, web developers, couturiers and, included for the first time this year, theatre designers.

Top Designs 2018 considers: what does the future of design mean for young people, what challenges are present in our world today and how can design help in addressing these?

The array of outstanding work shows how designers have responded to challenges presented in the world today, such as a low-cost 3D printed prosthetic leg designed for amputees in developing world countries; an eye-controlled wheelchair designed to be reconstructed inexpensively with readily available materials and a basic understanding of electronics; and garments designed with sustainability and repurposing waste in in mind.

Also on display are stunning photographs exploring themes of identity, a sleek modern rocking chair made from American oak and cowhide, and a range of films and animations spanning genres of experimental, sci-fi thriller, documentary, and rom-com.

Theatre Studies Design has been introduced as a category in the Top Designs 2018 exhibition, with impressive works of costume, makeup, set and sound design on show.

The 79 works on display were selected from nearly 1180 submissions across the spectrum of design practice including fashion, furniture, graphic design, animation, film, digital media, mechanical, electronic and theatre design.

Top Designs 2018 is proudly presented in partnership with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as part of the VCE Season of Excellence, which includes Top Acts, Top Arts, Top Class and Top Screen.

Top Designs 2018 is at Melbourne Museum until 15 July 2018.