By sharing ideas on design we build design capability within communities via education programs and resources that explore the power of design in making a difference to business and society. This is facilitated through conferences, masterclasses, workshops, exhibitions, public programs and online resources. We present the experience, skills, knowledge and opportunities to connect with design practitioners, business leaders and researchers who are experts across design disciplines and industry sectors.

Ideas on Design draws on the experiences and connections built over 25 years presenting the agIdeas International Design Conferences in Melbourne Australia and more recently Foshan, China. Founded by Ken Cato AO in 1991, agIdeas is one of the longest running and most well respected design programs in the world. Over 25 year’s we have presented live events to share the ideas, strategies and projects of over 630 of the world’s most innovative creative practitioners.

In 2015 Ideas on Design proudly celebrated 25 years of presenting design programs for creative professionals and students, businesses, schools and the general community. We would like to thank all those who have been part of this remarkable journey. Ideas on Design will continue to create and develop a range of large scale and niche events that will assist in building design capabilities in our region.

Recent Events


CG Futures 2019


NewStar Design Awards 2018

Past Events


CG Futures 2018


Masterclass with Greg Downing & Mulka Project


26th International Design Program


Careers in Entertainment Art for Secondary Schools


Design Seeds


Design Futures Careers Forum and Course Expo


Gnomon Live Australia: The Art of Entertainment


Co-Design Workshop

Past Featured Speakers


Featured Speaker: Wesley Burt


Featured Speaker: Raymond Coffey

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Featured Speaker: Gemma O'Brien


Featured Speaker: Neville Page