Minister’s Message

Welcome to Melbourne Design Week 2021, which this year invites us in with the empowering theme: ‘design the world you want’. 

Victoria is a leader in design, with our design community working in fields such as sustainability, medical technology, fashion, architecture, manufacturing, artificial intelligence and many more areas of innovation. 

This program traverses the wide world of design, showcasing the local and international designers who are leading the way with over 300 events taking place across Melbourne and beyond. In keeping with the times, there are also a range of online events which will open the Melbourne Design Week action up to audiences across the globe. 

Design helps to shape how we live, work, learn and interact. Ultimately, it’s about tackling challenges and finding solutions to problems we face. After the events of 2020, design has never been more important and our design sector will play a crucial role in our economic, social and cultural recovery, helping to shape a new future for our city, our state and beyond. 

Melbourne Design Week was established by the Victorian Government in 2017 and we are proud of how this celebration has grown in scale, profile and reach. Congratulations to the NGV team and all of this year’s participants who have designed a program that will entertain, educate and inspire. 

Whether you’re joining in online or attending in person, in Melbourne or at a satellite event, enjoy all that Melbourne Design Week 2021 has in store. 

Danny Pearson
Minister for Creative Industries