20 February 2008
Sydney (Australia) - The Omnium Research Group (Australia) at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) is pleased to announce ‘The COLLABOR8 Project’ (C8).
Sydney (Australia) - The Omnium Research Group (Australia) at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) is pleased to announce ‘The COLLABOR8 Project’ (C8). COLLABOR8 is an eight-week long fully online education non-profit initiative that aims to establish a basis for collaborative online art and design projects between universities in Australia and China.

COLLABOR8 aims to create awareness about the importance of cross cultural design practice and sustainability in design. It will do this by challenging students to work together to design graphics for contemporary, environmentally friendly and sustainable ceramics, textiles, products and environments.

Who is C8 for?
COLLABOR8 is a collaborative project for Australian and Chinese Universities. The project is open to all design students in universities and colleges across Australia and China. Faculties are encouraged to include COLLABOR8 into their courses. For more information on how to get involved with C8 go to:

When will C8 happen?
COLLABOR8 is scheduled to begin 28 April 2008 and will run for 8 weeks until 20 June 2008.

How will the C8 project take place?
Design students from Australia and China will join forces for eight weeks, with project convenors, teachers and special guests worldwide, to work collaboratively within a fully online learning environment. Participants will form valuable connections with colleagues in Australia and China, receiving regular feedback and support from peers, teachers and established professionals, using the Internet as their sole communication tool.

C8 will consist of online lectures, discussions and forums for design students to discuss their ideas and produce design concepts and viable design solutions. The students will be placed in teams and their object will be to find new ways of working together online respecting each other’s cultural background and meeting the challenges of working in different geographic locations to create solutions to a design brief.

To be a part of this exciting project, students and educators should register their interest on the C8 website.
Go to and click on the APPLY tab.

Applications for design students close mid-April 2008.

For more information, please contact:

The Omnium Project
College of Fine Arts (COFA)
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2010
T: +61 (0)2 9385 0644

About COLLABOR8 2008
COLLABOR8 2008 is produced, directed and hosted by Omnium Research
Group at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW (Australia).