The Australian Design Unit springs from a simple ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ idea. It fills a huge gap in the local design training and education sector, (that well-known void between tertiary study and a grown-up career!) and I’m sure will be eagerly welcomed by young designers across the country!

Part online magazine, part bulletin, part business resource for emerging Australian Designers, ADU seeks to act as an information archive and online community, fostering and supporting local design talent and encouraging entrepreneurship. In conjunction with the Springboard Project mentoring program, some of the most practical support offered is a great ‘tool kit‘ of sample contracts, agreements, checklists and other small business fundamentals that they don’t always tell you about at design school!

ADU is the brainchild of Sydney’s Heidi Dokulil (Parcel) and Melbourne’s Ewan McEoin (yes, he of the Melbourne and Sydney Design Guides, Melbourne’s State of Design Festival, and Studio Propeller).

With these credentials, it’s no wonder the ADU website looks so good :) Check it OUT.