State of Design Festival is an initiative of the Victorian State Government in Australia and is the public face of the Design Victoria Strategy.
Established in 2004, the Festival has had three editions—2004, 2006 and 2008. Starting in 2009, the Festival is now an annual event. Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd has the contract to run State of Design Festival for three years. This will be achieved working with Studio Propeller under a joint venture agreement as the State of Design Alliance.
State of Design Festival increases the awareness of the value of design and showcases how design generates innovation, promotes sustainability and adds value to business and society. Festival programs demonstrate and broadly communicate how the Victorian and Australian design profession can improve living conditions, create sustainable development opportunities, and generate new and innovative products and services; in turn, providing economic benefit for the state of Victoria.
The Festival seeks to articulate how design holds the potential to lead the parallel trajectories of business, industry and society towards a common future. By communicating to Australian and international audiences, the Festival promotes a deeper understanding of design capability and value.
The 2009 State of Design Festival will take place in mid – July throughout metropolitan Melbourne, and regional centres around Victoria.