All posts filed under “Design

First things Next

The First things Next design studio ran in Semester 1 2020 at RMIT, and explored the ethics of graphic design. Working on real world briefs, our studio considered how to practice ethical design and be a socially responsible designer in a professional context. We investigated… Read More

First Nations Representation

In collaboration with Jacky Winter, Emrhan Tjapanagka Sultan of Sul Nation – Mukulri Art and Consultancy, and directly alongside First Nations community members, we are attempting to increase access, representation and compensation of First Nations artists and designers through the creation of a First Nations… Read More

Old Way/New Way

Old way/New way: Telling Ntaria stories was developed in collaboration with the Hermannsburg Potters, Ntaria School, Dr Nicola St John, and the Tjuwanpa Outstation Resource Centre. Funded by Strong Communities for Children, Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, this project established a… Read More

Ntaria Design

I completed my PhD, titled Ntaria Design: A Western Arrarnta Imagining of Digital Drawing and Communication Design, in the School of Design at Swinburne University under the supervision of Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek and Professor Karel van der Waarde. The abstract can be found below. If… Read More

Desert Drawing

‘Desert drawing: from pigment to (Apple) pencil’ was presented at the Design Research Society conference in Limerick 2018. This paper documents the early results of my PhD research project in communication design and design education in remote Australia. For the full paper see the DRS… Read More

Indigenous design history

My broad research work explores communication design and design education in remote Australia. As a non-Indigenous researcher, my work is concerned with how communication design and designers can work more ethically and respectfully in Australia. The first step was to look back at design history… Read More

Oxfam Design Framework

A framework for graphic designers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and content within Oxfam Australia This framework was developed in June 2014 (while I was working in the Design Studio at Oxfam Australia) in conjunction with Oxfam Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Straight… Read More

Finke Design Workshop

This project included: workshop design, development & delivery In the small remote Indigenous community of Apatula (Finke), Primary School Students were engaged in a creative design workshop to celebrate 50 years of the Community. The two-day workshop was designed to focused on creative participation, storytelling and technology use, to design… Read More


Through the culmination of academic qualifications, industry experience, and engagement with design and action research in cross-cultural settings, I have developed a comprehensive knowledge base around applied design research and its value within practice. Academic Qualifications Swinburne University of Technology (ongoing) Graduate Certificate in Teaching and… Read More