Design Conversations is a podcast series aimed at recording an oral history of designers and design practices in Australia, from the 20th century to the present day.

Each episode is a one-on-one conversation with an eminent design practitioner, in which they detail and elaborate on their careers. The series strives to cover most of the design disciplines currently practiced, and examine the motivation, inspiration and hard work that brought recognition.

Visit the Episodes page to view the full list of conversations, or the Topics page to view episodes grouped by design topics. To be notified of new episodes, subscribe on your favourite podcast platform or subscribe to the Design Conversations mailing list via the form at the foot of this page.

Thank you for your interest—I hope you enjoy and find value in the series.

Geoff Fitzpatrick OAM LFDIA
June 2019

Interviewer Profile

Geoff Fitzpatrick trained in the Interior Designer Diploma at Royal Melbourne Technical College in the early sixties. He was engaged in writing early Architects’ Reviews at RMIT and Melbourne University, and later worked as a scriptwriter at GTV Channel 9 and the BBC in London. He was at Nylex Corporation as Chief Designer for almost two decades, and later worked for several furniture companies, including Harvey Nudex, Innerspace, Steelcase, Ridley Interiors and CDe Group.

He has been engaged with the Design Institute of Australia as a member for forty-five years, and served on the senior executive for several years, becoming the founding editor of Artichoke magazine and co-founder of the Colourways program.

In 2005, he was inducted into the DIA Hall of Fame and later made a Design Ambassador. In 2017, he received an OAM for services to Industrial and Interior Design.

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