Culture Quiz: RMIT Design Archives

Culture Quiz: RMIT Design Archives

RMIT Design Archives houses a unique and important collection devoted to Melbourne’s design practices.

Founded in 2007, fast cementing itself as an integral part of the city's arts and cultural scene, the RDA not only houses multidisciplinary collections – it also supports and facilitates research projects that focus on design in all its facets.

Meet us back here next week for our final Culture Quiz, on the AFI Research Collection.


1. Where are the RMIT Design Archives located?

A photo of a woman sitting at a large table and writing on a notepad in the Design Archives building

Building 100, also known as the Design Hub. The large, front facing Victoria Street window is also used as a student exhibition space.

2. She Persists is a publication about women in art and design, published earlier this year by the National Gallery of Victoria. It features which two female designers whose archives are held at RMIT Design Archives?

Frances Burke and Joyce Coffey. Both women were leaders in the design field, with Burke contributing to the textiles industry and Coffey in lighting. Though vastly differently mediums, both made waves in their respective fields. Head here to learn more about these inspirational women.

3. Melbourne Airport (colloquially known as Tullamarine Airport) is the second busiest airport in Australia, COVID notwithstanding. It recently celebrated a significant birthday milestone. How many years ago did it open?

A photograph of an aiport lounge in 1971

50 years on July 1st, 2020. The international terminals were opened in July of 1970, with domestic flights following suit in 1971. George Kral designed a luxurious lounge to be built in the Astrojet Centre in front of the terminal. You can see Kral’s designs in detail on the RDA collections page.

4. Which Australian architect was featured in the award winning Volume 9 issue of the RMIT Design Archives Journal in 2019?
Hint: they were mentioned in our very first Culture Quiz on The Capitol.

Robin Boyd. Boyd had an extensive career helping create the city of Melbourne, and we’re very proud to house some of his archives at RDA. Take a peek at the journal here.

5. In the image below, what is graphic designer Pieter Huveneers’ advertising poster selling?

A colour image with 15 squares, each filled with an electric shaver dressed in a traditional dress costume

Huveneers’ poster was for the new Philips electric shaver. Huveneers’ had an impactful career working with over 70 brands locally and internationally. This poster is just one example of the fun and creative works by Huveneers’ in the archives.

6. Peter Downton chose to steer away from traditional architecture literature when writing for the 2020 RMIT Design Archives Journal on Architecture. What did Downton choose to write about?

Instead of writing about a particular building or construction, he wrote about RMIT’s Bachelor of Architecture. You can read all of the contributing articles here. You can also head here to listen to the journal’s contributors speak more deeply about their articles.

7. Who do Toranas, Monaros and Commodores all have in common, apart from a manufacturer?
Hint: an RMIT alumnus was actively involved in the design of these cars.

A colour sketch of a red sedan car

Phillip Zmood worked on the design team for Holden. He created his first concept car by the age of 13, and shortly after graduating from an Industrial Design degree, got his first job with GM Holden. You can read more about Zmood and take a peek at his designs here.

8. Late in 2019, RMIT Design Archives partnered with RMIT Master of Communication Design to bring together The Joy of Motoring. Who or what was this exhibition inspired by?

Mr Toad from The Wind in the Willows. To quote RDA’s Facebook, Mr. Toad’s “uninhibited and reckless enthusiasm for motoring at high speed encapsulated that century’s enthusiasm for automobiles”. You can check out their Instagram posts to relive some of the content.

08 June 2020


08 June 2020


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