Alice Rawsthorn, image by Michael Leckie

Design as an Attitude with Alice Rawsthorn Past Event


Thu 23 May 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Booking Required


Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter through North Foyer, accessed via Arts Centre forecourt)
180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank VIC, Australia


Accessible bathroom, Auslan interpreted, Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives – and we urgently need its power at this intensely turbulent time.  

Celebrating the release of NGV’s latest book, Observations: Moments in Design History, award-winning design critic and author of Design as an Attitude, Alice Rawsthorn OBE joins us in Melbourne to share her vision of how digitally empowered, politically engaged designers are addressing the complex challenges facing us now, and in the future. 

This special event will open the 2024 Melbourne Art Book Fair and Melbourne Design Week, and launch the second volume of NGV’s Observations series. In this new book, writers, scholars and curators from around the world explore almost 400 years of design innovation across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The book explores the ways in which design is intrinsically linked to culture, considering key historical moments, materials, manufacturers and design movements.  


Pre-purchase a copy of the book with your ticket to collect on the night, or purchase online via NGV design store. 

The first volume, Observations: Women in Art and Design History, is also available for purchase from the NGV design store.  

This program will be held in person and livestreamed. When booking, you can choose to purchase an in-person ticket or a virtual ticket to access the livestream. 


Alice Rawsthorn

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and author, whose books include Design as an Attitude, Hello World: Where Design Meets Life and, most recently, Design Emergency: Building a Better Future, co-written with Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Design at MoMA, New York. Alice’s weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade. In all her work, Alice champions design’s potential as a social, political and ecological tool that can help to foster positive change.