They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A new pop-up exhibition at Southport’s Brickworks Centre showcases the work of Griffith University graphic design students.

Their works are part of an Action Research course at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University that uses design to raise awareness about issues like global warming, mental health and organ donation.

Queensland College of Art graphic design lecturer Lorraine Marshalsey said the students were passionate about using design to raise awareness of global and local social issues.

“The students are trying to inspire people to take action on a whole range of issues,” she said.

interactive e-book

An interactive e-book by Odette Bettany is part of the ‘Design + Research = Change’ pop-up exhibition

“They are using a variety of channels to reach the public, including social media, animation and poster design.

“This is a fantastic way to really engage audiences and get them thinking – design can be a powerful tool for change.

“The new Bachelor of Design, launching next year at our Gold Coast and South Bank campuses, will educate designers to be future agents of change.”

Odette Bettany is in her third year of a Bachelor of Design degree at the QCA, and has an interactive e-book on display at the exhibition.

How music influences creativity

The e-book is a compilation of interviews with high profile artists and designers about how music influenced their creative process, with accompanying playlists.

“We were able to use our design skills to get people thinking about the issues that we are passionate about,” she said.

“This project allowed me to dig deeper into the creative process and present it in a really visual, immediate way.”

Odette said that the exhibition was an opportunity to share her work with a wider audience.

“It is great to have it out there after putting in all of the hard work,” she said.

“I can’t wait to see people’s reactions.”


WHAT: ‘Design + Research = Change’ pop-up exhibition

WHERE: Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Road, Southport (opp Cardamom Pod and Snap Fitness)

WHEN: Launch — all day Saturday 29 October. Exhibition runs until Friday 4 November. 9am — 5pm.