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Indonesian Design Emerging (AII-100)

Project Member(s): Crosby, A., Vanni Accarigi, I., Lorber-Kasunic, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT - Australia-Indonesia Institute)
Cumberland Council

Start year: 2016

Summary: This project builds on established collaboration between designers in Indonesia and Australia, culminating in an exhibition and a bilingual online publication. The foundations have been built over a decade of creative exchange, and, more recently, two design research initiatives. Firstly, in 2014 I facilitated a workshop in Bandung, following the Arte Polis conference at ITB. Encouraged by the Mayor of Bandung, who was seeking input to his creative city planning strategy, a group of 12 designers discussed and collectively mapped emerging design practice in Indonesia. The results revealed design practices that focus on the creative industries in resourceful and critical ways and draw on traditional cultural practices as well as new technologies. Secondly, in December 2014, I edited an edition of Inside Indonesia on Design and Architecture ( This edition gave me insight into emerging design practices. I will draw from the network developed during these two processes this project.


Crosby, A 2019, 'Design Activism in an Indonesian Village', Design Issues, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 50-63.
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Crosby, AL & Cahaya, R 1970, 'The lure of the city, the possibilities of the village: crowdsourcing graphic designers in Indonesia', Cumulus Working Papers 33/16: Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 – Open Design for E-very-thing, Cumulus Open Design for E-very-thing, Hong Kong Design Institute and Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, Hong Kong, pp. 255-259.

Crosby, A 2016, 'Designing Futures in Indonesia', PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol. 13, no. 2.
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Crosby, A 2016, 'Nova Ruth: stages of collaboration', Indonesian Resources and Information Program.

Crosby, AL, 'Indonesian Design Emerging', Peacock Gallery, Cumberland Council.

Keywords: Indonesia, design, sustainability, collaboration

FOR Codes: International Relations not elsewhere classified, Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified, Design not elsewhere classified, Peace and conflict