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Design Broadcasters

Melbourne Design Week is seeking Design Broadcasters for 2022.

Are you interested in storytelling? Melbourne Design Week (MDW) invites writers, researchers and designers to tell a story through a one-off commission that expands an underlying MDW theme –  “more-than-human thinking”.  More-than-human thinking asks you to look beyond binary distinctions of the natural and human environments. We are interested in fresh perspectives on how we design with (and for) ecosystems – including water, land, air, minerals, plants and animals among others.

Each Design Broadcaster will produce one piece of content – such as an essay, podcast or video – that addresses the topic “more-than-human thinking”. In return, Broadcasters will receive a commissioning fee of $1,200 (the equivalent to a 1,200 word article). In the process, Broadcasters will be offered one-to-one mentoring and access to leading designers during the Design Week program in 2022. There are three positions available.

To apply, please send the below to [email protected] by December 15

  • one page CV so that we can learn more about you
  • sample of content you have made (in written, audio or visual format) of up to three pieces. If you have not undertaken writing, film-making or podcasts before, simply send us a one-minute recording or 200 words of text that answers the questions: what does more-than-human thinking mean to you? (We are just as interested in what you plan to do as much as what you have done in the past).

Please note: You must be able to physically attend events during Melbourne Design Week 2022 to apply for the role of a Design Broadcaster, and your commission must springboard from ideas discussed during a Melbourne Design Week event.

We welcome questions relating to your application, and we are open to discussing alternative ways of applying.


  • Applications open 3 November
  • Applications close 16 December  
  • Notified after 20 January 
  • After February 5: Meet with a MDW curator
  • Prior to Design Week: Meet with a mentor
  • Attend Melbourne Design Week sometime between March 17-27
  • April: Create content with access to publications and curatorial teams at NGV for editing support. Meet with your mentor for a second time

Tristen Harwood, Editor Memo Review, Naarm/Birrarung-ga, Melbourne
Elisapeta Heta, Associate principal at Jasmax, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland
Jana Perkovic, Editor SPACE10, København, Copenhagen

Tristen Harwood, Elisapeta Heta, Timothy Moore (MDW curator), Megan Patty (NGV Publications editor), Jana Perkovic, Sophie Rzepecky (Assemble Papers editor)